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PHOTO GALLERY: Paradise Trout and Berry Days 2020
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 14:50

Photos by Sean Greene / evergreenestudios.photoreflect.com


Jazz take 2-1 lead into game 4 against the Nuggets
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 14:08

Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Utah Jazz (44-28, sixth in the Western Conference during the regular season)

Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT

LINE: Jazz -3.5; over/under is 215

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Utah leads series 2-1

BOTTOM LINE: The Utah Jazz face the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference first round with a 2-1 lead in the series. The Jazz won the last matchup 124-87. Mike Conley scored 27 points to help lead Utah to the victory and Nikola Jokic scored 15 points in defeat for Denver.

The Jazz are 5-7 against the rest of their division. Utah ranks eighth in the NBA with 35.8 defensive rebounds per game led by Rudy Gobert averaging 10.1.

The Nuggets are 29-16 in Western Conference play. Denver averages 111.3 points and has outscored opponents by 2.1 points per game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Donovan Mitchell is averaging 24 points and 4.3 assists for the Jazz. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.8 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 40.0% over the last 10 games for Utah.

Jokic is averaging 19.9 points and 9.7 rebounds for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 19.1 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 51.5% over the last 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 4-6, averaging 117.4 points, 44.2 rebounds, 25.6 assists, seven steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points on 48.9% shooting.

Nuggets: 4-6, averaging 117 points, 43.3 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 123.4 points on 49.2% shooting.

INJURIES: Jazz: Justin Wright-Foreman: out (not with team), Mike Conley: day to day (self isolating), Ed Davis: out (knee), Bojan Bogdanovic: out (recovery from surgery on his wrist).

Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Will Barton: out (knee), Gary Harris: out (hip).


Fire starts near Tony Grove Lake after campfire is left abandoned
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 12:26

Fire fighters gaining containment on the Tony Grove Fire, northwest of Tony Grove Lake (Courtesy: US National Forest)

LOGAN — Some hikers and campers were evacuated from the Tony Grove Campground after a fire started on the northwest side of the lake. The Tony Grove Fire, believed to be human caused, was reported Friday afternoon.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest spokesman Toby Weed said 30 firefighters from the Forest Service, BLM and Cache County responded to the area. They were able to begin constructing a line around the fire, with the help of a helicopter dropping water on hot spots.

The fire is estimated to have burned approximately one-acre in steep terrain. It is already more than 60 percent contained.

Weed said, investigators suspect the fire started by an illegal campfire that was left abandoned. The fire escaped from a fire-ring that had been built in litter and duff from surrounding trees. Hidden embers were likely left smoldering unintentionally.

The fire re-kindled during the daytime heat and wind Friday, and escaped the fire-ring. It then began to spread into the dry vegetation nearby, including fallen and dead trees.

Helicopter dropping water on the Tony Grove Fire, northwest of Tony Grove Lake (Courtesy: US National Forest)

Weed said although they know the fire was human caused, it is still under investigation. He is asking for the public’s help, if anyone may have seen who might have started the fire. Hunters are also encouraged to review their game cameras for any suspicious activity.

Earlier this month, fire restrictions were put in place, banning all campfires in undeveloped areas of the National Forest. The fire restrictions also prohibit smoking, using charcoal, coal and wood stoves throughout the northern half of Utah, portions of southern Idaho and western Wyoming.

Weed said the parking lot at Tony Grove Lake will remain closed for the safety for firefighters and the public. Fire personnel are continuing to finish mopping up, checking for hot spots, and monitoring the fire.


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PHOTO GALLERY: Green Canyon 30, Box Elder 29
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 09:37

Photos by Tina Lerohl / tlcreations.photoreflect.com


PHOTO GALLERY: Sky View 42, Bonneville 21
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 09:12

Photos by Kenneth Wilson / kenwilsonmitphotography.smugmug.com


Ask an Expert – Is crabgrass making you crabby? Six tips to help
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 01:45

We often label any weedy grass as crabgrass; however, not all of them are crabgrass. For example, if you have weedy grass growing in April and May, it is not crabgrass. Crabgrass seed germinates when soil temperatures are around 55 F, usually after forsythia are done blooming and just before lilacs start. This is the best time to apply pre-emergent herbicides to prevent crabgrass seed from germinating.

If you missed this window of opportunity and find crabgrass in your yard, you still have a chance to kill it. Consider these tips:

  1. Post-emergent sprays containing quinclorac offer good control for newly germinated crabgrass. Products containing quinclorac include terms like “lawn weed killer plus crabgrass control� or “dandelion and lawn weed killer with crabgrass control.� However, these products must be sprayed in late spring or early summer before temperatures get too hot – it can’t be done now. The crabgrass is too mature, and these sprays could cause unintended damage to ornamental plants. This is due to other active ingredients in these formulations including dicamba and 2,4-D. These chemicals evaporate at temperatures above 85 – 90 F and drift in the wind. Any broadleaf plant they run into is potentially damaged. Dicamba can also be absorbed by roots of desirable plants. The most common indication of 2,4-D or dicamba damage is distorted, curled, twisted leaves and stems on the new growth of plants.
  2. As far as immediate control measures, hand pulling and digging are some of the best options. This should be done before seeds are produced. Smaller plants often do not recover from cultivation. For larger plants, carefully cut seed heads from the plants and throw them away. For areas with bare ground, such as flower beds, the grassy weed can be cultivated, dug or possibly sprayed with a non-selective herbicide containing glyphosate, if practical.
  3. It is especially critical to improve lawn health in heavily infested areas. Keeping turf thick and healthy is one of the best deterrents. Mow at a height of 2.5 – 3 inches. Make sure the area does not have compacted soil. If it does, this can often be remedied by aeration in the spring and fall. Crabgrass is often a sign that an irrigation system is not working properly. Sprinklers in this area will need to be checked and most likely adjusted.
  4. Fertilize the area in the spring and fall, avoiding mid-summer applications. In some situations, crabgrass will outcompete the lawn because it is better able to use nutrients from fertilizer than grass in the hottest time of the year. If enough lawn grass is still reasonably thick, consider the use of a pre-emergent in the spring to prevent crabgrass germination.
  5. In non-turf areas, hand cultivation in late spring is very helpful. Additionally, 2 to 3 inches of mulch applied on top of the soil will prevent most weed seeds from emerging. There are also some pre-emergent products registered for use in flowerbeds and gardens. However, be cautious about using them where annual flower or vegetables will be seeded, and always follow the label.
  6. Keep in mind that if the lawn is too thin and pre-emergent is applied, new seed or sod cannot be used in the same area. Pre-emergent products often work by preventing proper rooting of newly germinated seeds, and they do not discriminate between desirable and undesirable seeds. If sod is laid, pre-emergent prevents it from rooting. There is up to a full year wait before lawn seed or sod can be laid.

The best way to eliminate crabgrass is to maintain the lawn and garden areas so they prevent crabgrass seeds from germinating. The old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure� holds true, especially when it comes to weedy grasses. And if all else fails, remember that you won’t be stuck with crabgrass forever – it is an annual that dies with the first hard frost in the fall!


Mitchell scores 51 points, Jazz beat Nuggets for 3-1 lead
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 00:37

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell added his name to a prestigious list that includes Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain.

The four are the only NBA players to notch two 50 or more point games in a single postseason.

And Mitchell looks to just be getting started.

Mitchell scored 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz withstood a 50-point night from Jamal Murray to beat the Denver Nuggets 129-127 on Sunday and take a 3-1 lead in the playoff series.

Mitchell was 15 of 27 from the floor and went 17 of 18 from the free throw line. The 23-year-old Mitchell scored 57 points in Game 1. He’s averaging 39.5 points in the series.

Since the return to action, he’s looked like a different player. For that, he credits a chip on his shoulder.

“I love hearing negative things about me,â€� Mitchell said. “The knock on me has been inefficient, not a team player. I pride myself on being a team player. … People are going to say what they say. You can’t please everybody. For me, it’s how can I help my team win? Tonight it was scoring 50. Some nights it’s not.

“They want to talk. It’s just more fuel to the fire for me.�

He’s flattered to be joining such elite company. Iverson had a pair of games with 50 or more points in the 2001 playoffs, while Jordan accomplished the feat in ‘88 and ’93, and Chamberlain in ’60, according to the Jazz.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do to catch up to those guys,� Mitchell cracked.

The Jazz can close the series out in Game 5 on Tuesday. But the Nuggets aren’t ready to go home from the NBA bubble just yet, Murray said.

“There’s a lot of fight in us left,� he said. “One game at a time.�

Murray scored the most-ever points by a Denver player in a postseason game. His offensive explosion surpassed Spencer Haywood’s mark of 45 in an ABA playoff contest on April 19, 1970. Murray also had 11 rebounds.

“He put his fingerprints all over the game — scoring, rebounding, play-making,â€� Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

Nikola Jokic added 29 points, including three dunks. Jokic is not known for his dunking despite his 7-foot frame.

Leading 109-108 with 4:02 remaining, the Jazz were on the fast break when Paul Millsap fouled Mitchell. The officials ruled it a clear-path foul. Mitchell hit both free throws and after getting the ball out of bounds, Mike Conley hit a jumper to extend the lead to five.

From there, the Jazz simply held on. Rudy Gobert had a big game with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Conley added 26 points in his second game since returning to the NBA bubble after leaving for the birth of his son.

After two blowouts by the Jazz, this game got back to being close. But once again the Jazz took control with a third-quarter spurt. They outscored the Nuggets 33-24 in the quarter and moved to plus-50 in the third for the series.

The Nuggets tweaked their lineup after losing Games 2 and 3 by a combined 56 points. They started Monte Morris and Jerami Grant. To the bench went Michael Porter Jr. and defensive specialist Torrey Craig.

It was a tight first half that featured 12 lead changes and four ties. The biggest lead was eight by Denver.

“We were a much different team tonight than we were the last two games,� Malone said.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Gary Harris was upgraded to “doubtfulâ€� for Game 4, but didn’t play due to a hip injury. Will Barton III (right knee) also remains sidelined. … Millsap had 16 points.

Jazz: Reserve Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points. … The Jazz shot 57.5% from the floor.

FREE THROWS

Mitchell had more free throws (18) than Denver had as a team (13). Malone avoided the free throw disparity.

“I’m not giving the league any of my money,� Malone said.

STEPPING OUT

The Nuggets went to a different part of the NBA bubble for a team dinner Saturday night. It was a chance for a change of scenery.

“Just nice to get out of our hotel, go somewhere else, get some different food, a different environment and be together. Break bread,� Malone explained.


Chang records first MLS goal, assists; RSL beats Rapids 2-1
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 24 August 2020 00:31

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Maikel Chang scored his first MLS goal, added his first two assists and Real Salt Lake overcame an early own goal to beat the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on Saturday night.

Colorado goalkeeper William Yarborough charged an entry by Salt Lake’s Justin Meram but couldn’t control it and the ball rolled to Chang who tapped in a left-footer from the center of the area to make it 2-1 in the 76th minute.

RSL’s Aaron Herrera scored an own goal to give the Rapids (2-3-1) a 1-0 lead in the 38th.

Meram spun to evade a defender on the left side and then played a low cross to Damir Kreilach, who ripped a rising first-timer into the right corner to tie it in the 57th minute.

Chang assisted on goals by Corey Baird in the 85th and Meram in the 89th to cap the scoring.

Salt Lake (2-1-3) has won five straight against the Rapids, the longest such streak in the history of the Rocky Mountain Cup.


St. George flash flooding prompts warnings to stay inside
Source:  Spectrum
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:21

St. George Police officials asked residents to stay inside late Sunday amid flash flooding brought on by a large thunderstorm.

       

Donovan Mitchell (51 points!) erupts again, and Utah Jazz hold off Denver to take command of series
Source:  The Salt Lake Tribune
Sunday, 23 August 2020 23:02

Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell shoots a 3-pointer against Denver Nuggets' Monte Morris during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) passes the as Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant (9), Paul Millsap (4) and Nikola Jokic, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert, right, defends against Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Denver Nuggets' Monte Morris reacts after being charged with a foul against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic, right, goes up for a shot against Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder signals to his team against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter Photo via AP)of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a shot as Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Denver Nuggets' Torrey Craig reacts during the third quarter against the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) is fouled by Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap (4) knocks the ball away from Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell lies on the court after being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell shoots a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell celebrates a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell drives against Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap and Torrey Craig (3) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray celebrates a 3-point basket against the Utah Jazz during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell drives against Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap and Torrey Craig (3) during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) is fouled by Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a shot as Denver Nuggets' Paul Millsap (4), right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

With just over a minute remaining in Sunday night’s game, and the Utah Jazz leading the Nuggets by a single point, Donovan Mitchell drove the lane, gained a step, elevated for a finger-roll layup … and had it swatted out of the air and out of bounds by Denver’s Paul Millsap.

As Mitchell sat on the court for a moment, Millsap stared him down, as if galled by the guard’s temerity to challenge him. And so it was that, on the ensuing inbound, Mitchell took the ball several feet beyond the arc and, finding Millsap guarding him, immediately challenged him again.

This time, Mitchell sized him up, crossed him over, pulled up behind the line, launched a 3-pointer over his outstretched arm, and, as the ball settled softly through the net, turned around yelled to his onrushing teammates, “I want this [expletive]!�

These days, Mitchell pretty much gets whatever he wants. The third-year guard racked up 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter Sunday, as the Jazz pulled off a pivotal, scratch-and-claw 129-127 victory that gave them a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets.

Shockingly, a team thought to be first-round cannon fodder following a season-ending injury to second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic is now one win away from the Western Conference semifinals.

“That particular game, in itself, was probably the most important game of the series for us. They came out and fought. I got to give them credit, their coaching staff — they made a lot of really good adjustments. I think the way we responded shows how much we want it,� Mitchell said afterward. “We knew they were going to come out and punch first, and [we] tried to stay in it. You know it’s not gonna be a 30-point blowout; they have pride, too. And I think for us, just continuing to fight, continuing to fight, and that shot was just just a symbol of what not myself, but what we as a team wanted. We worked hard to get to this point. But the job’s not finished.�

Indeed, after the Jazz registered consecutive 19- and 37-point blowouts in Games 2 and 3, the Nuggets made wholesale changes for Game 4, changing their starting lineup, their approach on the court, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the issues that plagued them in those back-to-back routs …

None of it mattered in the end.

Mitchell hit 15 of 27 shots from the field and 17 of 18 free throws to become just the third player in NBA history to have multiple 50-point games in a single playoff series, joining Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson. He also added seven assists.

“He was terrific. He’s a terrific player,� coach Quin Snyder summed it up succinctly. “The way that he answered everything that was going on, even early, and was able to pick his spots … he hit tough shots. He’s playing with a level of confidence right now that is very high.�

It was understood that, down 2-1, Denver would come out strong and take it to the Jazz. And they did. With Jerami Grant and Monte Morris inserted into the starting five in place of light-defending Michael Porter Jr. and brick-shooting Torrey Craig, the Nuggets racked up 14 points in the paint in the first quarter, and went to work on the offensive boards.

Still, no matter what Denver rolled out, the Jazz hung in there — that is, if posting a 64-point first half and shooting better than 58% from the field could be construed as “hanging in there.�

Crucially, though, as the game went along, Utah continued to get better. While those first 24 minutes were a brilliant display of isolation efficiency from Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson, the third quarter was perhaps even prettier, with Mitchell and Mike Conley operating the blender at peak efficiency, and some increased defensive intensity forcing a few more Denver misses and turnovers.

And after posting only six assists in the entire first half, the Jazz racked up that many alone in the third quarter. Meanwhile, after another slow start from the 3-point line, they wound up hitting 14 of 29 shots from beyond the arc (48.3%).

All of which ultimately enabled withstanding a Jamal Murray onslaught and an offensive-rebounding barrage from the Nuggets in a nail-biter of a fourth quarter.

Mitchell did get some help along the way, of course. Conley had another efficient showing with 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting, while Clarkson contributed as well by hitting 9 of 13 and scoring 24.

Still, for the second time this series, the game came down to Mitchell and Murray trading buckets down the stretch, as they replicated their Game 1 scoring battle. Mitchell again got the upper hand on the stat sheet, as Murray racked up a career-high 50; but more importantly, this time the Louisville product also earned the crucial victory.

Now they just need one more.

“We’re not going to go to sleep thinking this is over at all,� Conley said. “Coach is going to keep us locked in, our players are keeping everybody accountable and we’re going to go out there and be ready to go in a couple of days.�


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