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The Killers

Gary Gilmore’s execution ushered in an era of death penalties, but few celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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BEST URBAN FISHING HOLE Readers’ Choice
Jordan River
When the spring runoff starts running, so do the fish. Trout are planted every spring for Utah anglers and they usually go fast. Only a lucky few might snag a 3- or 4-pounder. Enterprising fisherfolk can also find bass, walleye and catfish making their way through the middle of the valley. Read up on your general statewide regulations, launch canoes or boats (no motors, please) at Oxbow Park, cast off and enjoy.
2. Provo River
3. Strawberry Reservoir

BEST SORE ARMS & LEGS
Momentum Indoor Climbing
If you enjoy muscles so sore that your arms might fall off, then Momentum in Sandy has a wall for you. When fully open in May, this will be the biggest climbing gym in the United States with 20,000 square feet of space. If you don’t mind falling or getting sore hands, there are 4,000 feet of walls and overhangs. The kiddie climbing area is designed smaller for the wee ones so they don’t get hurt on large walls. Yoga classes and cardio machines will be available to strengthen and tone. After, to gain back the calories you burned, try a sandwich or smoothie in the café. 230 W. 10600 South, Sandy, 830-4818, MomentumClimbing.com

BEST FALL HIKIN’
Grandeur Peak
At first, it looked like summer had made a premature beeline for winter, leaving hikers without fall’s brilliant foliage; crisp, smoke-tinged air; and the potential to enjoy outdoor activities sans heat exhaustion. When the cold front subsided, they made their way to Olympus Cove to conquer Grandeur Peak. Thanks to recent rainfall, the trail—which rose 2,600 feet toward the mountain’s 8,300-foot summit—was moist enough to provide solid traction as they passed through red, orange and yellow trees in shorts, T-shirts and tank tops. Perfect weather for a perfect September hike. Mill Creek Canyon, east of Salt Lake City off 3800 South

BEST PONY WORKOUT
Nayborhood Pony Farm
If you are looking for a way to tighten your inner thighs, try horseback-riding lessons here instead of a Thigh Master; you’ll feel the burn for days after! The first thing you learn here before ever getting on a horse is that everyone falls … thankfully with the small-group lessons here, you learn to do it right. Horse safety and care is emphasized. You also learn to speak the horse’s language as well as how to saddle, ride, trot, jump and do speed events. Most importantly, the instructors teach you how to be tough when dealing with an animal 10 times your size, instead of cowering in fear. Day and evening lessons are available throughout the week. 570 N. State, Lindon, 801-785-4971 & 801-623-1544

BEST PAR 3 HOLE Readers’ Choice
Nibley Park No. 9
You’ve just finished eight holes and have arrived back near the parking lot. All that’s standing between you and pro-shop beer is 167 yards, a lake and a well hit iron. If you hit the ninth green, you can feel good about the rest of the round. Unfortunately, you’ve lost all but one of your balls and know you are either going to hit into the lake, killing several of the Canada geese living there, or overshoot the green, knocking out the poor guy on the next-door first tee. Take the drop.2730 S. 700 East, 483-5418
2. Bonneville No. 9
3. Thanksgiving Pointe No. 17

BEST PAR 5 HOLE Readers’ Choice
Bonneville No. 10
Readers must be forgiven for choosing a par 4 as Utah’s “Best Par 5.” Bonneville was recently remodeled, resulting in several hole number changes. The awkward No. 10 requires a frightening bridge crossing and makes judging distance impossible due to alternating use of two greens at different yardages. We think readers were thinking of the challenging but well designed No. 5. The first shot—into a swale running down the middle of the fairway—requires accuracy. The second is blind over a hill, to the base of a two-tiered green. Hit the green too high and your ball rolls into a gully. 954 Connor St., 583-9513
2. Hidden Valley Country Club No. 9
3. Old Mill No. 18

BEST UNDERAPPRECIATED ART HUB
Salt Lake Art Center
Because it’s not a public museum or a typical art gallery, this cultural treasure sometimes gets overlooked when people think about art venues. Even City Weekly is guilty. This private nonprofit, 75-year old organization (the oldest contemporary arts organization in Utah) offers 10 to 12 art exhibitions annually from local to national and international artists free of charge. There are also 30 free Art Talks each year, a bookstore, a free resource library with Internet access and classes for at-risk kids as well as adults. So if you love visual art, we beseech thee, bring the love to Salt Lake Art Center and your eyes will be loved back in return.20 S. West Temple, 328-4201, slartcenter.org

BEST SPRING SKATING
Jordan River Parkway at 54th South
The asphalt is smooth and straight. The trees are budding. Mother ducks leading a line of yellow chicks scurry across your path, leaving wet footprints. The river is full, and makes a chortling sound. As you skate along this surprising wilderness, all your senses are entranced by spring. It’s hard to believe the suburbs surround you. Jordan River Parkway, 54th Street west all the way to Sandy, with a stop recommended at Gardner Village (bring shoes).

BEST BIG HEAD
Utah Cultural Celebration Center’s Olmec Head No. 8
Re-created by artist Ignacio Perez Solano, the replica of an Olmec head is a gift from the governor of Veracruz, Mexico, where the original head was found in 1862. Since then, a total of 17 heads, thought to represent ancient Olmec rulers, have been unearthed. The five-ton, 7-foot-tall head is only the third head given in the United States, the other two recipients being the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago Field Museum. Why such a big head, you ask? Experts believe the Olmec people were the first humans to drink chocolate. If you invented hot chocolate, wouldn’t you have a big head?1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City, 965-5100, WVC-Ut.Gov/CulturalCenter

BEST PLACE TO CHILL
Utah Olympic Oval
We make this award as a public service, reminding citizens of Salt Lake that we did once host the Olympic Winter Games, and to the host go the spoils (and the upkeep and the maintenance, but that’s a different award). The Utah Olympic Oval is an impressive edifice in Kearns that provides public skating and a venue for local hockey, indoor soccer and indoor football leagues. In addition, the oval offers the largest indoor running track in Utah, at a refreshing 65 degrees. For those who’ve trashed their bodies in performing the above-mentioned sports, the oval is also home to TOSH physical therapy. In the summer, the “fastest ice on earth” melts away for a few months, giving the local roller derby girls an oval to rumble on. All in all, it’s a pretty chill deal. We paid for it. Let’s use it.5662 S. Cougar Lane (4800 West), 968-6825, OlyParks.com

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