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Construction dates have been set for five portions of the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail. The popular hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging and cross country skiing trail will be improved thanks to a federal grant.

Phases one and two are under way.The third phase, starting Aug. 26, is the asphalt paving of a 10-foot wide path through Coalville.

Starting Aug. 28, paving will begin on a 10-foot asphalt path through Wanship.

The fifth and final phase, starting Sept. 3, is the pavement of a 10-foot wide asphalt path at the Prospector Square trailhead to Chatham crossing.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail Park Manager Larry Stump is urging trail users to avoid these sections of trail and to seek alternate routes during construction. If trail users are unable to find an alternate route, they should use extreme caution when passing by heavy machinery and other construction hazards.

For more information about the trail call 801-649-3602.

TROPHY MUSKIE - Wayne Stauffer doesn't have a trophy tiger muskie hanging on his wall, but he does have a photo and memories.

On July 27, Stauffer, 43 of Ogden, was trolling about 30 feet off shore, with a rapala broken-back lure when he first hooked a large muskie. The fish fought for 20 minutes before Stauffer was able to bring it to the water's surface.

Stauffer caught a 52-inch tiger muskie, a fish 10 inches longer than the current Utah record.

Tom Pettengill with the DWR said the fish probably weighed more than 30 pounds.

After measuring the fish and snapping a photograph of it, Stauffer gently released the fish back to the water.