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Injuries plague El Rancho team

El Rancho Boulder is really banged up right now with leading scorer Mike Carboni (hamstring) and big man Scott Scheppmann (turf toe) struggling to play; the team has gone from a preseason favorite to a one loss from elimination.

City league enters tourney play

The double-elimination postseason tournament in the Boulder City Parks & Recreation Men’s Basketball League begins today with three games at the recreation center.

Grapevine Canyon top spot for petroglyphs

Grapevine Canyon, toward the southern end of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is said to be among the best of all places to see the intriguing Native American rock art called petroglyphs. It’s certainly one of the easiest to visit. It’s especially good if you want to take small children or other folks who can’t hike long distances, as the best petroglyph panels are at the mouth of the canyon only about one-quarter mile from the parking area.

Flight fights for city league title

Credit Union lost for the first time this season, dropping the late game Tuesday night to Flight S2S 62-56. Second-place Woodbury Law took advantage of a much-needed bye Tuesday to rest its ailing big men: Dave Randall (broken ribs) and Brigham Church (burned hand), and then took care of business Thursday by downing Fiochhi 55-44.

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Boat best way to explore Topock Gorge

While the Havasu National Wildlife refuge protects 30 miles of the Colorado River, 20 remarkable miles of that flow through one of the few natural stretches remaining of the lower Colorado: Topock Gorge. Exploring it is a wonderful one-day adventure if you have any boating skills.

Credit Union seals first place

Credit Union won two important games this past week to take command of first place in the Boulder City Parks & Recreation Men’s Basketball League.

Credit Union, El Rancho Boulder top city league

After four games El Rancho Boulder and Credit Union are both unbeaten and lead the Boulder City Parks &Recreation’s Men’s Basketball League.

Joshua trees just part of park’s attraction

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California may be named for a tree you can see closer to home, but it also offers some other attractions worth the 200 mile drive.

Sea excursions promise whale of a good time

The next couple of months are the ideal time to head to Southern California to watch whales and dolphins in the Pacific Ocean. It’s something everybody should do once before dying, and with the fringe benefits of experiencing the open sea and the salt air, you can have a great day even if you don’t manage to see one of the world’s biggest creatures.

Colorful landscape park’s main attraction

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with an excursion to Valley of Fire State Park this time of year. The elevation is about 2,000 feet, like Las Vegas, so the depths of winter there usually mean daytime temperatures that are merely comfortable.

Diamondbacks win softball tourney

The Boulder City Diamondbacks fast-pitch softball team captured the Henderson Girls Softball Association’s 12 ­and younger Winter Classic Championship Tournament Dec. 1. They also placed second in the Fall Fling 15 team tournament Nov. 23 at Majestic Park in Las Vegas.

Drugstore finds make ideal gifts for outdoor enthusiasts

Well if you did it again — waited till the last minute to buy Christmas presents for your favorite hiker or camper — you’re not in as much trouble as you may think. Some of the most practical and appreciated gifts for outdoorsmen can be purchased at your corner CVS, Walgreens or hardware store, right through Christmas Eve.

BC baseball team wins championship

When Coach Chris Pingree decided to organize several local boys to play baseball this fall, his intention was to keep them involved in the sport until Little League started up in January. He persuaded his friends at Denali Builders to help with the costs of the registration and hoped for the best. He had no idea of the roller-coaster season the boys would take him on.

Mojave preserve beckons with its trails, Joshua trees

Beckoning seductively to city dwellers who long for elbow room, the 1.6 million-acre Mojave National Preserve lies in Southern California, barely an hour’s drive south of Las Vegas. While it has fewer than a dozen developed hiking trails, some of those are great ones. Among the best is the Teutonia Peak Trail, which boasts spectacular views of the east Mojave and beyond.