Challenge Tour Grand Final preview and best bets


Ben Coley takes a rare look at the Challenge Tour Grand Final, where Wilco Nienaber can boss a 45-man field and earn full European Tour status.


It’s not my intention to branch out beyond the two main men’s tours. Generally speaking I believe it can be enormously advantageous to a golf punter not to have to cover every event there is. Leave that to the oddsmakers, and focus on areas of expertise.

However, the Challenge Tour Grand Final is a fascinating tournament and one in which I’m surprised WILCO NIENABER isn’t a clear and popular favourite.

Nienaber, who has gained notoriety for being among the longest hitters in the sport, had a difficult decision to make this week. He could’ve played the Portugal Masters, in which he was 14th last year, and had he gone close he’d have perhaps sealed full European Tour status for the 2022 season.

The other option was to return to the Challenge Tour for the first time since May, and his decision to do so looks the right one. Nienaber is 24th in the Road to Mallorca rankings, and the top 20 at the end of this week will gain European Tour status. He’s there thanks to victory in the Dimension Data Pro-Am back in the spring and would’ve surely sailed through had he focused on the second tier rather than take opportunities earned at a higher level.

My belief is that Nienaber would’ve been priced up around 50/1 had he gone to Portugal, and that no player in this Challenge Tour field would’ve been as short. I also believe that while volatile and somewhat difficult to grade, finishes of 14th and 31st on the PGA Tour this year are more than I’d have expected of anyone else here. We can say for certain that none of his main rivals have been as close to winning on a major tour as he was in the Joburg Open (second) less than 12 months ago, not for some time at least.

It’s true that the likes of Santiago Tarrio Ben and Julien Brun have experience of T-Golf which Nienaber does not, and the latter in particular is respected. Brun has always had bags of talent and he’s been rewarded for taking some tough decisions, including moving to Prague, with a string of victories on both the Pro Golf Tour and now the Challenge Tour.

But Nienaber is the player here with genuine world-class aspirations and it’s a month since he was sixth in the Open de Espana, finishing well ahead of Tarrio Ben. His subsequent form reads fine, and it was only an off week with the putter which cost him a weekend tee-time in Mallorca. In turn, that performance probably keeps him from the very head of the betting here.

As for T-Golf’s suitability, there are three par-fives, two of which might be beyond the reach of the majority of the field. Not Nienaber, who can also take on at least one and possibly as many as three par-fours off the tee.

The fact that he’s just outside the top 20 is another potential positive as his focus is clear. It may also be to his benefit that unlike those around him, the South African knows he’ll have conditional European Tour status next year regardless, and may yet have another tournament in Dubai through which he can improve his category.

There are negatives — his power and swing speed can come at a cost, and I would’ve preferred less wind and rain in the forecast — but they’re outweighed by the positives which should entitle him to clear favouritism. Ondrej Lieser won this title a year ago because he dominated the par-fives. Nienaber can do the same, and is a bet at 12/1 and upwards.

Hoey has plenty in his favour

I’ll also suggest a smaller play on MICHAEL HOEY, one of the handful of players here whose experience, nous and general skill set should ensure rotten weather is welcome.

It’s 10 years since Hoey won the Dunhill Links, the pick of seven professional titles, and he’s best by the coast: he’s shown as much not only there, but in Madiera and Morocco, too.

Hoey was an excellent 25th back at the Dunhill Links three starts ago and it’s absolutely not a coincidence that his best effort of the campaign came when 11-under was enough to win the B-NL Challenge Trophy in the Netherlands, where he was part of a play-off. That was also the winning score here last year and conditions look set to be tougher.

He needs a massive week to get back on the European Tour but will know that wind and rain increase his prospects. There are others who are in a similar boat, the likes of Matteo Manassero, Daan Huizing and Stuart Manley among them, but it’s Hoey who looks the best alternative to Nienaber.

Posted at 1145 GMT on 01/11/21

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Michigan to Travel to Purdue, Host Grand Valley State of Miskelley Memorial Meet


» The Wolverines travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face host Purdue and Missouri on Friday (Nov. 5).

» Michigan also hosts Grand Valley State in a dual Saturday (Nov. 6) at 10:30 a.m. in Canham Natatorium.

» The matchup against GVSU will be the first in the history of the programs.

THIS WEEK

Friday, Nov. 5 — at Purdue November Triple Dual (West Lafayette, Ind.), 2 p.m.

TV: B1G+ | Live Results | Live Video

Saturday, Nov. 6 — host, Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet at University of Michigan (Canham Natatorium), 10:30 a.m.

Live Results

Social Media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook: Men / Women

The University of Michigan men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are looking to continue their strong start to the 2021-22 season this weekend, traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday (Nov. 5) at 2 p.m. to take on host Purdue and Missouri at the Boilermakers’ November Triple Dual, which will be streamed live on B1G+. On Saturday (Nov. 6) at 10:30 a.m., the Wolverines return home to host Grand Valley State for the Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet at Canham Natatorium.

Schedule of Events

at Purdue November Triple Dual – at Purdue, vs. Missouri

Friday (2 p.m.)

200-yard Medley Relay

1000-yard Free

200-yard Free

100-yard Backstroke

100-yard Breaststroke

200-yard Butterfly

50-yard Freestyle

100-yard Freestyle

200-yard Backstroke

200-yard Breaststroke

500-yard Freestyle

100-yard Butterfly

200-yard IM (W) / 400-yard IM (M)

400-yard Freestyle Relay

Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet – vs. Grand Valley State

Saturday (10:30 a.m.)

200-yard Medley Relay

1000-yard Freestyle

200-yard Freestyle

100-yard backstroke

100-yard breaststroke

200-yard butterfly

50-yard freestyle

100-yard Freestyle

200-yard backstroke

200-yard Breaststroke

500-yard Freestyle

100-yard Butterfly

200-yard IM

400-yard Freestyle Relay

One-Meter Diving

Three-Meter Diving

Team Notes

• Michigan is ranked No. 4 (women) and No. 6 (men) in the latest CSCAA/TYR Top 25 Coaches Poll, released in October. The Missouri men enter the weekend at No. 14 while their women come in at No. 20.

• Though an NCAA Division II opponent, the Grand Valley State men’s and women’s teams come into the weekend highly ranked. The men are No. 5 and the women are ranked No. 6 in the DII CSCAA/TYR Top 25 Coaches Poll.

• The U-M men’s swimming and diving team has never lost to Purdue, holding an all-time record of 58-0 against the Boilermakers. The Wolverines will return to West Lafayette in February when Purdue hosts the 2022 Big Ten Championships.

• 2021-22 kicked off with a bang as the Wolverines took first at the SMU Classic on both sides, with the women topping second-place finisher, No. 13 Louisville, by more than 20 points (356-334) and the men beating second-place Louisville, ranked No. 7, by an 11-point margin (336-325).

• The Wolverine women won five events at the Classic and placed in the top three in four more. Kathryn Ackerman, Casey Chung, Maggie MacNeil and Letitia Sim each won events.

• Senior Patrick Callan took first in the 200-yard freestyle, fellow senior Will Chan won the 100-yard breaststroke and sophomore Jake Mitchell won the 500-yard freestyle. They were the only three individual wins for the Wolverines in the two-day event, but they also took first in the 400-yard medley relay, the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.

• Michigan also cruised to victory at home during its opening weekend, topping Oakland 189-105 on the men’s side and 174-117 on the women’s.

Connor Hunt, James LeBuke and diver Cameron Gammage each won multiple events against the Golden Grizzlies, while Claire Newman, Kathryn Shanley, Katii Tang and diver Lucy Hogan won at least two events for the women.

• Several members of the 2021-22 squad were named to the U.S National or Junior National teams. National team members include seniors Patrick Callan and Olivia Carter, and sophomore Jake Mitchell (along with alumni Charlie Swanson), while members of the Junior National Team include freshmen Lindsay Flynn and Letitia Sim.

• Michigan is one of three three combined teams to have active student-athletes on both the men’s and women’s USA National Team.

Opponent Preview

Purdue

• Head Coach: Dan Ross | Diving Coach: Adam Soldati

Men: Purdue has an 0-2 dual record on the season, falling to Big Ten foe Minnesota (121.5-178.5) to start the campaign and Notre Dame (120-180). Sandwiched between the duals was a first-place finish in the Indiana Intercollegiates, which the Boilermakers hosted.

Series:Michigan leads the all-time series 58-0.

Women: The Boilermakers are off to a 1-1 start to the season, falling to No. 25 Notre Dame 81.5-216.5 and beating Big Ten opponent Rutgers 175.5-122.5. Purdue kicked off the 2021-22 campaign with a first-place finish in the Indiana Intercollegiates.

Series: Michigan leads the all-time series 9-2.

Missouri

Head Coach: Andrew Grevers | Diving Coach: Kyle Bogner

Men: The Tigers are 1-0 after a 148-92 victory over Southern Illinois. Missouri also finished third at the SMU Classic with 303 points. Michigan won the SMU Classic (336 points).

Series: First dual meeting

Women: Missouri is 2-0 on the young campaign with a win over Southern Illinois (145-95) and a SEC victory over Arkansas (174.50-125.50). The Tigers also took third place at the SMU Classic, which Michigan won (284 points).

Series: First dual meeting

Grand Valley State

Head Coach: Andy Boyce | Diving Coach: Steve Burciaga

Men: The Lakers have started the season 4-0, having defeated Lewis (151-75), Saginaw Valley State (188-55), Calvin College (157-67) and Northern Michigan (165-135). Grand Valley State also competed in the 2021 Indianapolis Invitational which featured five of the top 15 schools in NCAA Division II. GVSU finished fourth with 642.5 points.

Series: First meeting

Women: Grand Valley State is 3-1 to start the season, defeating Lewis (180-47), Grand Valley State (188-55) and Calvin (156.5-67) while falling to Northern Michigan (129-171). The Lakers also competed in the 2021 Indianapolis Invitational which featured five of the top 15 schools in NCAA Division II and finished fifth with 554 points.

Series: First meeting

Up Next

Wed-Sat., Dec 1-4 — at Minnesota Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6 p.m. CST





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10 Key Ranger Tips For Visiting The Grand Canyon


Nobody knows the Grand Canyon like the park rangers who work there. Fortunately, if you’re thinking about a trip to Grand Canyon National Park, you can now use their insider knowledge to make sure your trip goes smoothly.

“With a busy summer season upon us, we want everyone to have a positive park experience,” the National Park Service (NPS) explains. “Advanced trip planning can ensure that your only surprises are pleasant ones.”

In that spirit, as part of its “Plan Your Vacation Like A Park Ranger” series, the NPS has released its “Top 10 Tips for Visiting Grand Canyon.” These tips explain how rangers themselves plan a trip to Grand Canyon National Park.

So, let’s get to it. Here are Grand Canyon park rangers’ vacation-planning tips.

1. Know Before You Go

It’s always a good idea to do as much trip planning in advance as possible. It’s even more important this year because temporary closures and modified operations are in place at the park.

To be prepared, be sure to check the Park Operations Update for information about fire restrictions and public health measures such as capacity limits and face mask/covering requirements. There is even up-to-date information about road conditions, entrance fees, and closures.

Pro Tip: The NPS App provides interactive maps, tours of park places, and on-the-ground accessibility information about more than 400 national parks to make your trip planning easier. The free app is available for iOS and Android devices.

2. Know Where You Will Spend The Night

Grand Canyon is one of the most-visited national parks in the United States. It comes as no surprise then that park campgrounds and lodging both fill up months in advance. With that in mind, it is imperative to reserve a place to stay before you arrive at the park.

You can check here to begin planning where you’ll spend the night when visiting the Grand Canyon.

Pro-Tip: Camping in the park is only allowed in designated sites within designated campgrounds. It is not permitted along roadsides, overlooks, pullouts, trailheads, or other parking areas.

3. Pack Your Patience

National parks are experiencing extremely high numbers of visitors this year, so expect crowds and traffic. To make your visit a little smoother, rangers recommend arriving before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. If you arrive at the South Rim Entrance Station between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., rangers say you can expect to wait in line for up to 2 hours just to enter the park.

Pro-Tip: Buy your park pass online in advance to reduce wait times. Also, remember that cash is not accepted at entrance stations.

4. Drive Responsibly

Let’s face it: If you’re planning on crowds and traffic, you also know it will be challenging to find a parking space. For instance, rangers note that parking lots around Visitor Center Plaza are usually filled by noon.

Parking will be especially challenging if you drive an RV that is over 22 feet long or if you drive a vehicle with a trailer and need a pull-through space. To find a good parking space for an RV or vehicle with a trailer, rangers suggest arriving at the South Rim before 9 a.m.

Pro-Tip: Use this map to find the three RV parking lots at the South Rim.

5. Shuttle Bus Routes Are Limited

Keep in mind that shuttle bus passenger capacity is limited to 31 people. Also, passengers will only be able to enter and exit the bus through the rear door. And of course, masks or face coverings are required on the bus for all passengers.

Take note, this summer, the Village Route, Westbound Kaibab Rim Route, and Tusayan Route are not in operation. 

Pro-Tip: Prepare to be patient and expect crowds on shuttle buses.

6. Pets Are Not Allowed Below The Canyon Rim

We all love our pets and enjoy traveling with them. However, dogs and other pets are not allowed on inner canyon trails, even when carried, for two good reasons. First, the trails are narrow and well-traveled. Hikers, runners, or wildlife can surprise pets, causing an accident that nobody wants to see. Secondly, the temperature increases dramatically below the canyon rim, which is dangerous for pets.

More information about taking your pet to the Grand Canyon may be found here.

7. Keep Wildlife Wild

Rangers note that people have been injured by squirrels, bison, deer, and elk, so they warn visitors to stay away from wildlife. Bison, deer, and elk are large, so the warning is understandable — but squirrels? Yes. Rangers explain that bites on the hand from squirrels are the most common wildlife injury experienced by visitors. 

“Their sharp teeth crack nuts — and cut fingers,” rangers explain. “Bite injuries often require stitches. Please protect yourself and don’t feed or water squirrels.”

Pro Tip: To safely take pictures of wildlife, rangers use the “rule of thumb.” Here’s how to do it: Hold your thumb up and out at arm’s length. If you can cover the entire wild animal with your thumb, you’re probably a safe distance away.

8. Backcountry Permits Are Required For All Overnight Trips

A backcountry permit is required if you plan to camp anywhere that is not a developed campground on the South Rim or the North Rim. Rangers explain that it is possible to “just show up at the Backcountry Information Center and get on a waiting list for any last-minute permits that could become available due to cancellations.”

Pro-Tip: Chances of securing a backcountry permit are higher if you are flexible about dates and locations of campgrounds.

9. Canyon Hikers Must Prepare For Excessive Heat

Summer temperatures inside the canyon can easily exceed 115 degrees. Unfortunately, unprepared hikers experience severe illness, injury, or even death from hiking in the canyon in the dangerous heat every summer.

If you plan to hike below the rim, rangers recommend planning so you do not hike between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. More tips for summer hiking can be found here.

10. Protect Yourself — And Others

When visiting the Grand Canyon, take precautions to stay safe. Rangers urge visitors to stay on designated trails and walkways — and always stay at least 6 feet from the edge of the canyon rim. Also, do not climb over any protective railings or fences. 

Secondly, even though COVID-19 vaccination rates are climbing across the country, rangers ask that you do not visit the park if you are sick. Face masks/coverings are required on public transportation, but otherwise, masks are only required for non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated people. However, rangers do advise keeping a distance of at least 6 feet away from other people.
Now that you know how rangers would prepare for a trip to the Grand Canyon, you can start planning your own vacation. And for more information and tips, be sure to check out all of our Grand Canyon coverage.



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Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, 1991 grand final, where are they now, Greg Alexander, Brad Fittler, Mark Geyer, Royce Simmons


It was the ultimate fairytale and if you believe in fate, perhaps a similar ending is awaiting this year’s Panthers side on Sunday.

In 1991, a primed playmaker in Greg Alexander and a seasoned Royce Simmons steered Penrith to their first-ever premiership.

They celebrated in style with hundreds of fans lining the M4 cheering the bus home.

But amongst all the euphoria was this bit of relief for some because of the heartbreak they suffered 12 months earlier.

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Penrith made their first-ever grand final appearance in 1990, but it wasn’t to be and they went down to a star-studded Raiders side 18-14.

The players picked themselves up and began preparing for 1991 with only one thing on their minds: A premiership.

On Sunday, September 22nd they met the Raiders once again with even more on the line than the previous year.

Their inspirational hooker, Simmons, was hanging up the boots after that game and there were broken hearts at the foot of the mountains from the year before that desperately needed to be mended.

This time round there would be no celebrating reaching the grand final, they had done that before. This time it was about making sure they went one better.

The boys came together and made a pact to stay off the drink. Then in their final session before the big day, coach Phil Gould brought an esky with a carton of beer inside and they had a cheers for a brilliant season, but for also what was to come.

Matty Johns is a huge fan of Brian To’o | 00:49

There was a camaraderie in that group that only fellow grand final-winning sides will know.

They had a job to do and they did it. 19-12. Simmons got his fairytale ending and Mark Geyer fractured his larynx from yelling so loud when the No.9 scored the premiership-sealing try.

Now the bat has been passed onto this year’s side led by a playmaker in his prime, Nathan Cleary and a workhorse lock, Isaah Yeo.

They suffered heartbreak in last year’s grand final and now get their shot at redemption too.

Thirty years on from the Penrith’s maiden premiership, Foxsports.com.au tracked down every member of the 1991 grand final-winning side.

These are the reflections from that team, plus an update on where they are now and predictions for Sunday’s match.

The Panthers celebrate winning the 1991 Grand Final. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

GREG BARWICK (fullback)

Favourite memory from the 1991 Grand Final: Being the first-ever premiership it was such a special moment for all of us as players, but I think seeing the happiness of people back at the club. They were just so happy, so pleased and they felt like the victory was theirs as well and that was the thing that really stuck out to me. Driving off the freeway there were so many people on the side of the road, if we ever wanted to know what it felt like to be a popstar that was the time. I just wish, being so young at the time… I was 23, I don’t think you appreciate the enormity of what we achieved.

Now: I’m a painter and decorator by trade but I’ve been working in the IT industry for the last sixteen years. I’ve predominantly been working for a company called VMware and I’ve been selling software to large enterprises in Australia and also Europe. I actually lived in Europe for the last six years.

Favourite player: Viliame Kikau… My god, he is frightening. When he gets the ball I think something’s going to happen here because he’s a devastating player. It’s hard to go past Nathan Cleary too, he’s a really talented player.

Tip: I think it’s going to be tight, I’ll say 24-20 to Penrith.

Clive Churchill Medal: Nathan Cleary.

GRAHAM MACKAY (wing)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Just winning it. When you spend so much time with the boys, it’s just a good thing to do at the end of the year.

Now: I’m a Greensman at a resort up on the Gold Coast and in my spare time I go fishing and crabbing.

Favourite player: Kurt Capewell has gone pretty good this year and young Matt Burton has been good too.

Tip: I think it’ll be pretty close, maybe 18-10.

Clive Churchill Medal: Jarome Luai.

BRAD FITTLER (centre)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Watching Greg Alexander kick the goal from the sideline.

Now: New South Wales Origin coach and Channel 9 league analyst.

Tip: Penrith to win.

Clive Churchill Medal: Viliame Kikau.

COL BENTLEY (centre)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Probably coming back from the stadium and on the bus, going down the M4 onto Mulgoa Road then getting to the paddock behind the club and there were about 5,000 people running out to greet us.

Now: I’ve been working for IGT (International Game Technology), it’s a global gaming company. It’s a really good job, we sell gaming machines, online lottery. I get to go to Vegas every now and then. I’ve been working with them for the last 20 years so I look after NSW and ACT. It’s a great industry and it’s fun too.

Favourite player: One of my favourite ever players is Col Van Der Voort because he did all the hard yards, so I like Isaah Yeo because he cleans a lot of things up and he’s that second link to the backline. He just works hard and is a really good player.

Tip: I’m backing them to win and I know they’re carrying a few injuries so I reckon it will be really tight. I’m going to say 18-16.

Clive Churchill Medal: I’ve got to say Nathan Cleary. If they win, he’ll be the major factor in that.

Cleary happy with hard Panthers path | 03:43

PAUL SMITH (wing)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Probably both of Royce’s tries. The first one was good and the second one topped it off. We knew what job we had to do and basically when we won it, it was just a relief because you can go the whole year, I think we were three or four points clear, and it was just the job we had to do. If we didn’t do it we probably wouldn’t get another chance.

Now: I work in the transport industry.

Favourite player: I’m a winger so it’d have to be Brian To’o, he’s playing really well. Probably him first and then James Fisher-Harris or Isaah Yeo.

Tip: I’m hoping it’s a good 10-point margin so it’s easier than last week.

Clive Churchill Medal: If Penrith win it will more than likely be Nathan Cleary.

STEVE CARTER (five-eighth)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Just the intensity of the game and the attitude as a team we had that we were going to win that game no matter what happened on the day. My memory is that we were all so confident in each other that we trusted every person we were next to and we knew that we were going to do whatever we could to beat that great Canberra side.

Now: I’m a union official for the Australian Workers’ Union, who I work for and have done for 10 years. I live at a place called Moonee Beach which is just north of Coffs Harbour — it’s absolutely God’s country. I travel between Port Macquarie and the Queensland border to service my members, so it’s a pretty fulfilling job, just trying to fight in general for workplace rights and conditions of employment.

Favourite player: It would probably be Isaah Yeo. He’s very, very underrated even though he got picked for New South Wales. His attack, his footwork and his ball skills I think are very underrated.

Tip: I’m thinking there’s not going to be a lot in it. I think Souths, Wayne Bennett will come up with some other rabbit to pull out of his hat. Penrith 22-14. I’m really happy to see them in the grand final and I really hope they can go one better this year.

Clive Churchill Medal: Nathan Cleary.

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GREG ALEXANDER (C) (halfback)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: When I kicked the goal to make it a seven-point difference because before that it was a battle. When I kicked that goal from the sideline, I knew we’d won, but until then there were no favourite moments.

Now: Board member of the Panthers and analyst on Fox League.

Tip: Panthers 24-16

Clive Churchill Medal: Nathan Cleary.

Greg Alexander and his brother, Ben, with the J.J.Giltinan Shield presented on grand final day.Source: News Limited

PAUL CLARKE (front row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Just winning it. I had been playing football since I was five and right from an early age I watched all the grand finals and just dreamt that maybe one day I could be in one of those sides that won a comp. I knew I wasn’t good enough to play for Australia or Origin or anything like that as I was growing up but I just always dreamt that I might be good enough to play in a football side and win the comp… so I guess just winning the thing.

Now: I’m in the wine game, I’m the national sales manager for Molly’s Cradle wines. I’ve been doing that for 23 years. I’ve come to enjoy a lot of wine over the years and so have a lot of my friends.

Favourite player: James Fisher-Harris reminds me very much of Barry Walker, who I played with in 1991. A hard nut that goes forward, he’s got a bit of skill in him and he just gets the job done. I think he’s fantastic. Brian To’o as well, when I played with wingers, they wouldn’t do any where near the yards that he’s doing, but the game has changed.

Tip: 20-8. I think Penrith will keep Souths at, or less than, two tries. They haven’t been great in the last couple of weeks scoring tries, but their defence has been unbelievable. I’m very confident they’ll win.

Clive Churchill Medal: Brian To’o. I think his yards will be the big difference.

One of the greatest: Wayne Bennett | 01:29

ROYCE SIMMONS (hooker)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:It was unbelievable because even before the final whistle blew people just started to run onto the field from all over the place and that sort of doesn’t happen. The celebrations started from there and didn’t really finish… Going home in the bus and the people that lined the roads — it was highly illegal — the people on the side of the M4 with big banners out celebrating. The closer you got to Penrith the bigger the crowd was… it was getting a bit scary to be honest. I was worried about people in front of the bus. It just never stopped. We got back to the club and it was packed. We got taken from room to room and every place we went it was full of excited fans.

Now: I still work for the Panthers in the commercial area in and around the sponsorship. I’m an ambassador for the club.

Favourite player: I’ve got too many. The two skippers have been outstanding in their job all year. I’m a big fan of the front row, I think Moses (Leota), (James) Fisher-Harris and Api (Koroisau) have been outstanding all year. I’m a fan of the whole team, I’m just a mad Penrith fan. I’m just like someone sitting with their beanie yelling and screaming — I just don’t yell and scream too much.

Tip: 20-16 to Penrith. It’d be tremendous if it was our time again, to light up our town. We’ve got some great people and great fans out there so it’d be great to give them what they deserve.

Clive Churchill Medal: I reckon Isaah Yeo.

Royce Simmons celebrates with the Winfield Cup. Pic Ex Brisbane Sun.Source: News Corp Australia

PAUL DUNN (front row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Just the fact that we won it and were the first Penrith team to win it. The whole year was good, we were so dominant, I think we lost three or four games all year. It was almost a fait accompli type of game, we still had to win the game and the second half was quite tight, but it was just amazing.

Now: I do business coaching and consulting and play golf as much as I can and try not to get too fat.

Favourite player: I love watching Nathan Cleary play because I love his attention to detail. James Fisher-Harris because he’s a front-rower and Moses Leota, Isaah Yeo. It’s pretty hard to pick. Dylan Edwards, Brian To’o, Matt Burton… I go through a few of them.

Tip: Penrith to win and given how it’s been the last few weeks I reckon they’ll win 20-14.

Clive Churchill Medal: Either Nathan Cleary or Dylan Edwards.

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MARK GEYER (second row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:By far when Royce scored his second try in the corner. I’ve never felt such euphoria on a sporting field because it was only then we knew that we had won it. I was screaming that loud that I fractured my larynx, I couldn’t talk for two weeks after the grand final. I’ve never felt that feeling before, I’ve had five kids, but it’s a different feeling especially because we got beat the year before. From being in tears of sorrow on the field after the game to tears of jubilation, it’s such a contrast.

Now: I’m on Triple M and have a gym in Penrith called MG Activ.

Favourite player: I think James Fisher-Harris. He doesn’t speak much but he speaks a lot with his actions and I like the way he’s the Alpha male of the team and he’s got a lot of respect. So he’s my favourite.

Tip: I think it’s going to be pretty tight and will get to something like 18-all. Maybe Nathan Cleary might kick a field goal and then we might score a try on the bell, so I’m going to say 23-18 Penrith.

Clive Churchill Medal: Isaah Yeo… maybe even Matt Burton.

Mark Geyer celebrates the grand final win. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

BARRY WALKER (second row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Full time, when it was all over and done with, the relief after what happened the year before and satisfaction of what we achieved… and to lift the trophy.

Now: I’m in corrective services. Transportation of inmates between jails, picking up from police stations, that sort of stuff. Prior to that I was self-employed and like a lot of Penrith boys, I had a beer truck. And I was an ambulance officer when I retired, basically I was studying to become a paramedic. I also coached in the Penrith junior reps for a while and went to club football but gave it way about six years ago.

Favourite player: James Fisher-Harris, he’s got a massive motor and does all the dirty work. Also Isaah Yeo, he was in one of the junior teams I helped coached, the SG Ball team. I’m glad to see him go so far, he’s always had that same ability and he’s always been that same nice guy.

Tip: 28-20. I think Penrith have another gear and it’ll be a close game but they’ll get away with it.

Clive Churchill Medal: Jarome Luai or Nathan Cleary.

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COL VAN DER VOORT (lock)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Just winning it I guess. There’s so many things but I’d say Royce’s try to seal it.

Now: I’ve been working in community corrections for the last 7 years but I went on a holiday back in May and I haven’t made it home yet. My partner and I took four months off to travel around Australia and we’ve got as far as east Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory and we’ve stopped here at the moment. Sometimes we have no network, no internet or anything just being out in the bush, but all the games I could watch I at least watch them on my phone.

Favourite player: Isaah Yeo.

Tip: I think it’s going to be a pretty big victory, I’m tipping 32-10.

Clive Churchill Medal: Isaah Yeo.

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JOHN CARTWRIGHT (bench/reserve)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Probably the build up to the grand final. It was a little bit different to the year before, it was a bit of a celebration time for the club the year before because it was the first time they had ever made a grand final. But I think in 1991 we were way better prepared, we really had our minds set on winning it. While it was a tough game and really went to the wire, I felt we were never going to lose the game, there was just a mindset that we probably created over the previous three to four years and it culminated in that year.

Now: I’m an assistant coach at the Broncos.

Favourite player: It would definitely be Isaah Yeo. He epitomises everything good about a footballer and for me coming from Penrith everything good about somebody that players for Penrith. He’s hardworking, he’s very humble and I think he’s probably their spiritual leader out there.

Tip: I’m very conflicted here because my son, Jed, actually players for Souths. My family has a massive involvement with Penrith, way back to when it started. But blood is thicker than water, I don’t think he will get a run, but it would mean the world to me to see him be a part of a grand final-winning side. It’s just such a great feeling. I think it definitely will be a close one, both sides deserve to be there.

Clive Churchill Medal: It’ll be a split vote between Isaah Yeo and Cody Walker.

John Cartwright celebrates winning the 1991 NSWRL Grand Final (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

BRAD IZZARD (bench/reserve)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Putting the goal under the goalposts to score. I almost got another one but Laurie Daley ripped it out of my arms when I was about to put it over the tryline. My son sits here and tells me ‘Dad, you should have passed’ because I always tell the kids the pass always beats the man… well I threw the dummy. I would have won the battle if Laurie didn’t just grab the ball.

Now: I’ve got two kids, and happily married. I’m lucky enough to be employed by the Touch Football Association up in Ballina and I’m Vice President with the Byron Bay Lennox Head Rugby League Club, Todd Carney actually plays for us.

Favourite player: Jarome Luai or Brian To’o. I like Jarome with the amount of work he does on and off the ball and he complements Nathan Cleary. As far as entertainment value you can’t beat Luai or To’o, they’re just a laugh.

Tip: 18-6. I think it will be a tight one but if they come out going hard and handle the Rabbits’ aggressiveness, they need to get up and do what they did last week to the Storm and if they do that in the first half they could get away with a comfortable margin in the end.

Clive Churchill Medal: Either Jarome Luai or Isaah Yeo. The other one that will go close is James Fisher-Harris.



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Russia pavilion welcomes guests to grand opening at Expo 2020 | News


An illuminating ceremony has welcomed the opening of the Russia pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Participants in attendance included Ailexei Gruzdev, deputy minister of ministry of industry and trade of Russia and commissioner general of the pavilion, and Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, director general of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Also on hand were Rustam Minnikhanov, president of the republic of Tatarstan, Dimitri Kertenzes and secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions.

Music was provided by DJ Leonid Rudenko, while contemporary artist and creator of the mascots of the Russia pavilion, Max Goshko-Dankov, took care of the staging.

During the official opening, the concept behind the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020, its architectural design and the internal exposition were revealed to the guests of the event.

The audience was later introduced to the cultural and business programmes, the mascots – known as ‘Fixies’ – and the anthem of the Pavilion. 

Goshko-Dankov presented his artwork – Creative Flow – which was created during the opening ceremony together with the guests of Russia pavilion, who had an opportunity to contribute. 

The final part of the official opening included the pavilion tour and press conference with Gruzdev and Minnikhanov.

They answered queries regarding participation in Expo 2020, highlighting its future effects on the relationship between Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

It was also confirmed Moscow would bid to host a World Expo in 2030.

Gruzdev stated: “We believe that ‘Creative Mind: Driving the Future,’ the concept behind the Russian participation in Expo 2020, reflects the times and the world we currently live in.

“We are working on a diverse programme of business and cultural events for Expo 2020 in Dubai, which will not only introduce the concept but will also give millions of visitors a chance to discover Russia’s latest achievements in innovation, technology, science, art and culture.”

He also confirmed Moscow would bid to host a World Expo in 2030.

Rudenko commented: “The opportunity to compose music for the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 has been a great honour for me.

“I am proud to represent Russia at the largest world Expo in history and I believe that our country’s pavilion will be one of the most interesting places to visit within the exposition.”

Tickets to Expo 2020 Dubai are available online and through more than 2,500 authorised ticket resellers, including online travel agents, tour operators, hotel groups and airlines from 100-plus markets around the world.

The event will run until the end of March next year.

Goshko-Dankov mentioned: “It is my pleasure to participate in the opening of the Russia pavilion, especially with the art performance Creative Flow which is inspired by the process of creative thinking which is one of the key concepts of the pavilion.

“I wanted my work to pay tribute to the creativity that is within each of us, so it was of great importance to me that every guest at the official opening would become part of this great art performance.”

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To find out more about the Russia pavilion, head over to the official site.





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Vic duo Hayden Burbank, Mark Babbage to face WA court over COVID breach for AFL grand final trip


A Melbourne business owner and financial planner will face court accused of using fake driver’s licences to sneak into Perth to attend Saturday’s AFL grand final.

Prahran restaurant and bar owner Hayden Burbank, 49, and finance firm managing director Mark Babbage, 38, are alleged to have flown into Perth on September 22 after arriving in Darwin from Melbourne on September 14.

They were pictured posing inside the Optus Stadium change rooms on Saturday with Melbourne player Alex Neal-Bullen after the side’s drought-breaking premiership win.

The photo was posted on the AFL’s official Instagram account.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said they received an anonymous public tip-off that the men had been in Victoria 14 days before arriving in the state.

The pair were arrested at Bunker Bay in the state’s southwest on Tuesday morning after police issued a public appeal to track them down.

They spent the night in police custody and on Wednesday morning will face court charged with breaching the Emergency Management Act, which can attract fines of up to $50,000 and a maximum jail term of 12 months.

“How people could knowingly put others at risk in these times is selfish and contemptible,” Mr Dawson told reporters on Tuesday.

One of the men has tested negative for COVID-19 and the other’s result was inconclusive.

Mr Dawson said health authorities believed the initial result was a false positive and he will be retested overnight.

A woman, believed to be a WA resident, who was with Mr Burbank and Mr Babbage when they were arrested has also tested negative. She is unlikely to be charged.

Two other Victorian men also entered WA via South Australia for the AFL grand final. One has returned home to Melbourne, while the other has been arrested and faced Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He also returned a negative COVID-19 test result and will remain in custody until October 8.

“While we’ve got people charged with serious offences, there’s nothing at this point to indicate that it (the AFL grand final) has put the community at risk,” Mr Dawson said.



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Expo 2020 unveils the Opportunity Pavilion ahead of grand opening | News


Expo 2020 Dubai is unveiling the inspiring visitor experience for Mission Possible – the Opportunity Pavilion.

An interactive exhibition journey that addresses the most fundamental global challenges of our time, it is designed to shed light on what can be achieved when individuals and communities work together.

As the pavilion that brings the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to life, Mission Possible will also be the home of the United Nations’ physical presence at the World Expo, featured through a dedicated space, the UN Hub.

The Mission Possible experience welcomes visitors with three parallel ‘tracks’ that focus on water, food and energy –resources that were chosen as they are basic human needs, and form part of the SDGs – illustrating how unlocking opportunity at a local level can be used for the greater global good.

Visitors are ‘guided’ through the tracks by three individuals whose innovative projects were implemented with minimal resources, yet had a life-changing impact.

Firstly Abel Cruz from Peru addresses water shortages through fog nets that harvest fog and turn it into water, while UAE National Mariam Al Juneibi is a sustainable organic farmer who promotes sustainable farming and healthy eating practices, while encouraging people to grow their own vegetables.

Finally, Fatma Juma Haji, a master trainer who teaches other women to install solar panels, helps to create sustainable energy in Zanzibar, where less than four per cent of the population has access to electricity.

The community members of each ‘guide’ share how their lives have been improved far beyond access to water, food and energy, demonstrating the interdependency of different SDGs, and how meeting basic human requirements unlocks other opportunities.

The thought-provoking experience concludes with the Pledge Room, an upside-down space entered ‘through the clouds’, where visitors are asked to commit to a course of action that will make a difference in their own and their community’s lives.

Their pledges are transported to the ‘garden’ – a representation situated on the ceiling of the room.

Building on the interactive visitor journey, the UN Hub will provide a dynamic set of programmes throughout the six months of Expo 2020 that will inform, inspire and engage visitors to take impactful action towards a thriving future for people and planet by contributing to the SDGs.

Meanwhile, Mission Possible hosts Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice Programme, which spotlights simple but effective initiatives linked to the SDGs that can be adapted, replicated or scaled for enhanced global impact.

The Best Practice Area showcases the 50 projects supported under the Programme, echoing the same message as Mission Possible: it is collective action that leads to a better world.

Reem Al Hashimy, director general of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The pavilion will serve as a beacon of hope and source of inspiration for all visitors, reminding them that no matter where they come from and regardless of age or gender, they have the power to make a difference and now is the time to do so.

“The engagement of the UN, and the UN Hub at the pavilion, reinforces this collective message.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration and push forward our joint efforts in order to create a better future for both people and planet.”

Designed by AGi Architects, Mission Possible – the Opportunity Pavilion was conceived as a large plaza to reflect its aim of providing a platform for social and cross-cultural engagement.

Floating 32 metres above the ground, the pavilion’s canopy represents clouds, which are in constant transformation, and the dreams that we all aspire to achieve, while a terracotta ‘carpet’ covers the ground and the pavilion’s facade, representing Earth and inviting visitors to share their experiences.

The pavilion’s exhibition has been designed by ALEC Fit Out and ICARIA Atelier.





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Mountaineers travel to Grand Junction for the Gig Leadbetter Maverick Stampede


GUNNISON, Colo. — Western Colorado cross country sends some of their athletes to compete at the 2021 Gig Leadbetter Maverick Stampede on Saturday morning in Grand Junction Colorado.
 
The men’s team will race 8-kilimeters starting at 9 a.m. with the women following at 9:45 a.m. for their 5-kilimeter race. The event will be held at the Lincoln Park Golf Course.
 
The Mountaineers will not race their top athletes on both the men and women’s side, as they will use this meet to determine what athletes to bring to the Arkansas – Chili Pepper Invite on Oct. 2.
 
The women’s team has most of their scoring ladies sitting out to rest up for Arkansas, as the men’s team will have a few athletes racing for a spot. Some of the men to keep an eye on are Mountaineers Max Sawyer, Simon Kelati, Will Johnson, and Riley Howard.
 
Following the meet visit GoMountaineers.com for results and a recap of the action.
 



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The gems of Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon


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Staring up at the sheer granite face of Half Dome. Marveling at the sky-high waterworks of Old Faithful. Drinking in views of the Grand Canyon at sunrise. This is the stuff family vacation memories are made of and days spent exploring national parks are perfectly paired with overnights at the best national park lodges.

These rustic hotels around the United States boast grand nature-inspired lobbies and dining rooms, comfortable guest rooms that blend backcountry elegance with updated amenities and local building materials so you never forget your surroundings. 

Lake McDonald Lodge at Glacier National Park

Montana

Enter the lobby at Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park and you’ll understand immediately what a national park lodge should look like. A massive fireplace, log-style construction, open balconies to give the room a lofty feeling and arts-and-crafts style adornments meld to create a rustic elegance that feels like a hug after a long day exploring in nature. 

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Built in 1913 on the shore of Lake McDonald, rooms at this Glacier National Park hotel retain a simple, rustic elegance. In addition to rooms in the three-story main lodge, there are also cabin rooms and two annexes: Cobb House offers elegant suites and Snyder Hall has a hostel-style layout. 

Bonus tip: For a true adventure, Glacier National Park also offers hut-to-hut hiking accommodations at Granite Park Chalet and Sperry Chalet. And for day trippers, the national park service runs guided day hikes all summer long.

Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming

The Old Faithful Inn embodies the iconic national park lodge style. Built at the turn of the 20th century in Yellowstone National Park, the log-style structure is considered a shining example of “Parkitecture.” The building’s massive fireplace is built from local rock and many of the original fixtures and furnishings are still on display (check out the lobby’s mission-style furniture and the chandeliers in the dining room). 

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You can stay in one of the more than 300 rooms at this Yellowstone National Park lodge between early May and mid-October and be sure to take a tour of the historic hotel while you’re there to get the full experience. 

The Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park

California

With its prime position near the base of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park’s main valley, the Ahwahnee Hotel delivers style and grandeur inside and out. Completed in 1927, this rustic-elegant Yosemite national park lodge blends log-beamed ceilings, Native American artwork and a granite facade and massive stone hearths that echo the surrounding landscape. 

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Welcoming public spaces mean that even non-guests can get a peek at what makes this Yosemite national park hotel special. And while this classic California vacation spot may have briefly lost its iconic name (the hotel’s name was changed to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel for a few years due to legal reasons), it’s safe to say Ahwahnee is back – in name and spirit – and better than ever. 

El Tovar at Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona

Perched on the edge of the magnificent South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the historic El Tovar Hotel delivers classic charm and iconic views to national park guests. Revered as one of the West’s most refined hotels when it opened in 1905, this classic Grand Canyon national park lodge has welcomed famous guests including Theodore Roosevelt and Albert Einstein. Each of the hotel’s 78 rooms offers a unique layout and decor and family-friendly suites are also available. 

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Bonus tip: If you’re looking to avoid the biggest Grand Canyon crowds, look north. The North Rim has its own smaller Grand Canyon national park lodge, appropriately named the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim. Generally, it’s easier to score a reservation here and while you have to work a little harder for those spectacular views, it remains a sensational Grand Canyon experience. 

Crater Lake Lodge at Crater Lake National Park

Oregon

Crater Lake Lodge in Crater Lake National Park first opened in 1915, but the piecemeal approach to construction meant that, in the 1990s, the lodge was deemed unsafe and had to be rebuilt. Many of the original touches of Crater Lake’s original lodge remain, though and the accommodations still feel like a quintessential national park lodge, complete with roaring lobby fireplaces, a rustic dining room and outdoor seating that makes the most of those unbeatable Crater Lake views. 

Lake Quinault Lodge at Olympic National Park

Washington

Though it’s flanked by dense Olympic National Park rainforest, Lake Quinault Lodge still feels warm and welcoming thanks to its grand-but-casual architecture, homey lakeside location and inviting front lawn with plenty of room to bask. In the lobby, stretch out on a leather couch in front of the fire or head to the hotel’s deck for a lakeside drink. 

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You’re never far from the water – the indoor pool promises fun rain or shine and there are boat and paddleboard rentals at the lake. This Olympic national park hotel is beautiful, well-located and inviting, especially on summer days. 

Lodge at Bryce Canyon at Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah

Not only is the Lodge at Bryce Canyon a charming historic lodge beloved by many, it’s also the only in-park lodging option in Bryce Canyon National Park. Crowning a mesa near the edge of the canyon, the lodge offers both an ideal location for exploring the national park and a grand-but-rustic retreat. 

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Milled timbers, steeply pitched roofs and extensive stonework recall the building’s early 20th-century beginnings. Lodge rooms, cabin rentals and studios round out the accommodation options at this Bryce Canyon resort. 

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Glenwood Canyon time travel: A journey back through the history of travel through the ‘Grand River Cañon’ passage


Longtime Glenwood Springs resident Floyd Diemoz looks out at Interstate 70 into Glenwood Canyon from the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.
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Call them the James Deans of Glenwood Canyon.

Their “rebel” adventure — time trials on the old two-lane highway from Glenwood Springs to Hanging Lake and back.

Floyd Diemoz vividly remembers those carefree days of youth in the 1950s when he, Jim Rose and Glenn Vawter, among others, would sneak into the underground parking garage at the Rose auto dealership and swipe an Oldsmobile to take for a joy ride out into Glenwood Canyon.



“I remember a lot of trips through the canyon as a kid,” Diemoz recalls today. “It was a two-lane road; pretty dangerous in spots, but really neat.”

Before Interstate 70 was completed through Glenwood Canyon in 1993, the road through the canyon was simply known as U.S. Route 6 & 24.



Before that it was part of the Taylor State Road system, beginning as a wagon road in the early 20th century that was only passable during the summer months, according to historical accounts contained in John Haley’s 1994 book “Wooing a Harsh Mistress: Glenwood Canyon’s Highway Odyssey,” and later in Larry Rynearson’s 2017 compilation, “Legends of Glenwood Canyon.”

An early tunnel in Glenwood Canyon.
Courtesy Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad was the first to make industrial-age passage through the deep, rugged canyon in the late 1800s.

During Diemoz’s youth, immediately east of Glenwood Springs U.S. 6 & 24 took a hairpin turn around Horseshoe Bend through No Name. This was before the twin No Name Tunnels that shortened that passage were built in 1965, signaling the start of the I-70 project through Glenwood Canyon.

“That was always something, and it could be pretty dangerous around that huge curve,” Diemoz said of the old stretch of highway that now serves as part of the Glenwood Canyon recreation path.

It was also the crucial, death-defying spot to navigate in those muscle car time trials.

They lived to not only tell about it, but help guide the future of what travel through Glenwood Canyon would become.

“That was Glenwood Canyon for us,” Diemoz said, also recalling many a fishing trip into the canyon, caving adventures or hikes up to Hanging Lake.

Rugged path

Diemoz expanded on that in Rynearson’s book, which is available for reference at the Glenwood Springs Library along with “Wooing a Harsh Mistress” and another popular reference, “A Guide to Glenwood Canyon” by Glenwood Springs author and former newspaper reporter/editor Heather McGregor.

“The need for a four-lane highway in Glenwood Canyon never occurred to those of us in the Class of 1955 at Garfield County High School in Glenwood Springs,” Diemoz writes. “The canyon was our playground as we explored caves or walked the antique rickety water trestle from the city’s water tanks to the granite tunnel from No Name Creek.

“We were even caught by a train in the western tunnel,” he recalled of another cheating-death moment.

A decade later, when chatter began about an interstate highway project, he would pen a letter to the editor of the Glenwood Post worrying about what would happen to the canyon if a traditional four-lane highway were blasted through it.

“Historically, when they built a highway by a river, they would plow the edge of the road into the river and blast away the hillside to make way for the road,” Diemoz explained in a phone interview last week.

The standard “cut-and-fill” method of highway building wouldn’t be acceptable in Glenwood Canyon if he and those who cared about the importance of that 12-mile run of the Colorado River had anything to do about it.

“We couldn’t let a highway take away the ability to have recreation in the canyon,” he said.

Diemoz became instrumental as a member of the state Highway Commission’s Citizens Advisory Committee in the ensuing debates about the best route for I-70 to take from the Eagle River Valley to Glenwood Springs, and ultimately how a four-lane highway through the canyon should be built, if that was the decision.

In 1971, Diemoz, a construction engineer by then, was joined by Rose and Glenwood residents Ed Mulhall and Jerry Brown in producing a film, complete with music and narration, that set the tone for the elevated highway structures that became the hallmark of the Glenwood Canyon design.

The film also took a virtual look at the Cottonwood Pass alternative that was given serious consideration at the time.

Diemoz explained that the Cottonwood route likely would not have followed the existing series of county and forest roads that still serve as a locals’ shortcut — including during the most-recent 15-day closure caused by the late July rock, mud and debris slides that ended with Saturday’s partial reopening of I-70 in the canyon.

There would likely have been tunnels and a massive bridge over the gulch on the Eagle County side where Cottonwood Pass Road meets Forest Road 8350, Diemoz said.

Beyond that, extensive private land acquisition would have been required on either side of the pass, he said.

The route around Glenwood Springs was never fully hashed out for the Cottonwood option, Diemoz said. But it likely would have jumped the Roaring Fork River somewhere near today’s Ironbridge Golf Course and Westbank residential subdivisions before skirting Red Mountain and the Wulfsohn Ranch along the old Midland Railroad corridor where Midland Avenue, several residential subdivisions and the Glenwood Meadows shopping center are today.

That film helped convince state and federal highway officials that the canyon, done right, was the best route.

However, the debate over cut-and-fill versus the more expensive cantilevered highway design and the resulting environmental challenges raged on for the better part of the 1970s before construction finally began to complete the “Final Link” of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

I-70 now runs uninterrupted from Baltimore on the east to its intersection with I-15 in Utah.

A pre-opening tour and ribbon cutting was held inside the Hanging Lake Tunnels complex before they officially opened in the early 1990s.
Glenwood Springs Historical Society photo

Early passage

Haley’s and Rynearson’s books both chronicle the early routes into and through what eventually became Defiance and later Glenwood Springs at the confluence of what would later be called the Grand (ultimately renamed the Colorado) and Roaring Fork rivers.

“Long before the white man came to Colorado, nomadic Native Americans had already established a network of foot paths, horse trails and easy access routes that adequately served their primitive needs,” Haley writes.

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, “The Spaniards are credited with improving the trails when they entered the Colorado territory,” most likely to run a lucrative Indian slave trade, according to Haley’s account.

But their paths followed the least resistance, through the wider river valleys and over the high country across mountain passes and what’s now known as the Flat Tops.

The deep river canyons were too narrow to navigate and fraught with dangers, from falling rocks to churning whitewater.

By the frontier days of the late 19th century, travel into the Roaring Fork Valley was still preferred over what’s now Independence Pass into the silver boomtown of Ute City (later renamed Aspen).

If the destination was Defiance/Glenwood Springs, the best bet from points east was over the Flat Tops, through the original county seat of Carbonate and down what’s now Transfer Trail to the river valley.

“It was in 1887 that attorney Joseph Taylor, with his two grown nephews, Edward and Charles, came to Glenwood Springs,” Haley writes. “Edward became district attorney of the judicial district and referee over all water rights on the Roaring Fork, Grand and White rivers.

“Although he was best known as the ‘Father of Water Rights on the Western Slope,’ he also knew the value of roads.”

It was Edward Taylor’s vision to eventually build a wagon road through the “Grand River Cañon” east of Glenwood.

It finally came to be in 1899 when Taylor, then a state senator, sponsored the publicly financed Taylor State Wagon Road, ultimately connecting Denver and Grand Junction.

But it was actually the early railroad barons who first sought to blaze a path through Glenwood Canyon, though, with the first such line reaching Glenwood Springs in October 1887.

Three railroad companies initially had their sights on the canyon in the early 1880s, including the Burlington, the Union Pacific and the ultimate winner, the Denver & Rio Grande.

Railroad race

“In 1884, Jerome Wheeler, James Hagerman and some other Aspen silver barons used their wealth and influence over the Colorado Midland Railroad Company to begin building a standard-gauge track from Colorado Springs to Aspen,” Haley writes in his book of the beginnings of a race to lay the first tracks across the Continental Divide.

The standard-gauge line would traverse the mountains up through Leadville and over Hagerman Pass into the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork valleys to the silver mines of Aspen and the rich coal fields stretching from Defiance through the Grand River Valley.

“Not to be outdone, the Leadville silver barons and William S. Jackson, newly elected president of the D&RG, decided in early 1885 to beat the Colorado Midland to Aspen and the Grand River coal.”

Their narrow-gauge tracks would go north from Leadville down the Eagle River Valley and — gasp — through the Grand River Cañon to Defiance with spurs to Aspen and points west.

McGregor notes in her guide book that it was the western branch of the company led by Denver entrepreneur David Henry Moffat, the D&RG Western Railroad, that identified the route along the south bank of the Grand River through the canyon as the best bet.

Work was already well under way on the Midland line, but it was the D&RG-W that would ultimately come from behind to win that race.

That victory might be credited in large part to a team of workers called “the dynamite boys” of Glenwood Canyon, as told in Rynearson’s book.

In order to lay track through the canyon, four tunnels would need to be blasted through the granite walls to maintain a straight line on the south bank of the river.

The first tunnel is 280 feet long and situated 11 miles east of Glenwood Springs. The second is another mile down the track above Cottonwood Falls and is 133 feet long. Another “half-tunnel” is 185 feet, just below the falls. And the longest of the four is the Jackson Tunnel just east of town, at 1,331 feet long.

“Each day there were about 1,000 men working with picks, wagons, mules, shovels, horses, scrapers and dynamite,” Rynearson writes. “The ‘Dynamite Boys’ would pack black powder into hand-drilled holes, then fuse them and pack them with sand or clay. Three charges were ignited by gunpowder fuses, and the noise level increased!

“Chinese stone masons and laborers built support walls to widen and strengthen the railway,” Rynearson continues in his book. “They built the walls with carved rocks and were dry-laid and still support the weight of larger locomotives and heavier traffic without the benefit of mortar.”

It was on Oct. 5, 1887, that the first train passed through the Jackson Tunnel and arrived in Defiance. The D&RG was well on its way to beating out the Midland to the lucrative mines in Aspen.

Modern travel

Rynearson’s book is a compilation of entertaining stories and historical tidbits about Glenwood Canyon, from its geology, river habitat, vegetation, caves, travel and its importance to Glenwood’s water system.

McGregor’s “A Guide To …” serves as a point-to-point description of what all one can see and learn about in the canyon from west to east, including its flora and fauna, its relevance to Native American culture and its various points of interest, such as the Shoshone Dam and Power Plant. It concludes with short feature sections about the Jess Weaver, Grizzly Creek and Hanging Lake trails, Hanging Lake itself, the canyon’s geology and river habitat, and the railroad and highway history.

Haley’s “… Glenwood Canyon’s Highway Odyssey” dives deep into the history of travel through the canyon and how the interstate highway — with its massive bridge structures, four distinct roadside rest and recreation areas, recreation path, river put-ins and backcountry trailheads, including a protected Hanging Lake zone, and the high-tech Hanging Lake Tunnel command center — came to be.

Workers cut the early passage that became the Taylor State Road through Glenwood Canyon in the early 20th century.
Glenwood Springs Historical Society photo

“As the Taylor State Road took form in 1902, a determined W.W. Price drove the first automobile through Glenwood Canyon,” Haley writes.

Price had driven over from Colorado Springs, via Leadville and Tennessee Pass, and down the new road to Glenwood Springs.

“Here, he paraded his interesting nuisance up and down Grand Avenue, and according to local newspaper reports, ‘was endangering people’s lives by frightening their horses.’

“Glenwood Springs gave its first ‘gas buggy’ a frosty reception,” Haley concluded.

It was only a matter of time before there was no denying the wave of future travel, though.

During the Great Depression, then U.S. Rep. Taylor was able to tap into President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal stimulus, securing $36 million for a cross-state federal highway. State funds were also secured to improve U.S. 40 to the Utah line in the northern part of the state.

“Colorado employees of the Works Progress Administration and 30,000 young men in Civilian Conservation Corps camps found their labor in demand from border to border,” Haley writes.

The federal government earmarked $1.5 million in particular to widen and improve the Glenwood Canyon Road, creating 25 feet of paved surface with 2 feet of gravel shoulder on each side.

Dedication of the new road took place on June 9, 1938, and it officially became part of the transcontinental U.S. Highways 6 & 24 later that summer, on Aug. 1.

“Many turnouts appeared, with stopping, parking and picnic areas immediately adjacent to the road,” according to Haley’s account.

The Glenwood Canyon stretch of highway was dangerous, though, with several blind curves and routine accidents as vehicle speeds began to increase past 40 miles per hour and leisure activities in the canyon increased, he writes.

“The only real criticism of the 1930s construction projects came when traffic had to detour temporarily over Cottonwood Pass.”

Sound familiar?

Workers use a steam engine to drill away the hillside as the original Taylor State Road was being built through Glenwood Canyon.
Glenwood Springs Historical Society photo

Criss-crossing the country

Haley notes that it was the Federal Highway Act of 1944, authorizing a new 40,000-mile interstate highway system (later increased to 43,000 miles) that paved the way for I-70 through Colorado, ultimately including the Glenwood Canyon stretch.

But it nearly didn’t happen due to concerns about attempting to traverse the high passes and narrow canyons of the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado had requested an interstate route through the mountains four years earlier, but the path west of Denver took several more years to determine.

“For more than 20 years, Colorado tried and failed to obtain agreement with Utah for a highway connection at any border site,” Haley writes.

Complicating matters, the Bureau of Public Roads administrator at the time wrote in August 1946 that “neither U.S. 6 nor U.S. 50 (through Gunnison and Montrose) were acceptable because they involved mountainous terrain too costly to build.”

On Aug. 28, 1956, upon word that the deadline to qualify for federal funding was imminent, Colorado and Utah sent the bureau a request for approval. The bureau later agreed to add the 547 miles of I-70 from Denver to Cove Fort, Utah.

The first engineering effort in Glenwood Canyon came in the form of a cost estimate prepared during the spring 1960. The task of putting a price tag on the stretch of interstate from the Utah state line to Dillon was handed over to a young civil engineer named Dick Prosence.

A required local public hearing for the Glenwood Canyon section took place in Glenwood Springs in July 1963.

“There, people said they wanted to get rid of the notorious ‘Horseshoe Bend’ …,” Haley writes. “In response, the Department of Highways proposed eliminating the curve by boring twin tunnels through the ridge.”

The first No Name Tunnel bore was completed in the mid-1960s, ultimately signaling the inevitable path of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon.
Glenwood Springs Historical Society photo

Two years later, with little opposition, the tunnels were completed.

The same was certainly not true in the years to come, as the debate about completing that “Final Link” through the canyon was met by opposition from local residents and national environmentalists alike, including singer John Denver, who called Aspen home from the 1970s until his death in a plane crash on Oct. 12, 1997.

Denver would help fund and serve as the celebrity spokesman for the Aspen-based Citizens for a Glenwood Canyon Scenic Corridor. The group lobbied for the Cottonwood route to be selected instead. Among their concerns was the potential environmental damage that could be caused in Glenwood Canyon if an interstate highway were placed there.

Despite the concerns and legal challenges that ensued, with the promise of an environmentally friendly highway design, the canyon route was formally selected in 1976.

The result was what’s been referred to as an “engineering marvel” that now exists in the canyon, employing European highway-building techniques to construct a highway over instead of blasting into the fragile canyon walls, while protecting the river below and preserving the many recreational amenities the canyon has to offer.

A large gantry crane borrowed from a European construction company was used to erect the terraced highway sections that define much of the westbound side of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.
Glenwood Springs Historical Society photo

Prosence, who died last year, reflected back in an interview with the Glenwood Post as the Glenwood Canyon Project neared completion in October 1992, saying “Glenwood Canyon was not the first project where the environment had a strong position in how it was to be designed and constructed.”

The canyon project “is in many eyes the evolution of those original concepts into what’s now regarded as, not only an engineering marvel, but one that’s in tune with its natural environment,” Prosence said in that interview, a portion of which is included in Haley’s book.

“There’s not another section of highway in the country that you can compare it to in terms of its spectacular nature.”

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.



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