Fishing is Good in Valdez
Courtesy Valdez Fisheries Development Assoc., Christine Auble
ALASKA FISHERMAN SURVIVES FRIGID FOUR-MILE FLOAT DOWN COPPER RIVER AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES
- After a successful day of dip netting on Alaska's Copper River, Chitna resident David Bruss was hauling his catch of red salmon across the turbulent water on Wednesday in a motorized kayak. In an instant, his load shifted, the boat flipped and Bruss was neck-deep in the 40-degree water. While Bruss' life jacket probably saved his life, the Chitina man's knowledge of the river helped, too. The Chitina resident's journey downriver lasted more than 20 minutes and, according to the charter that eventually spotted him, covered four miles.
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PINK SALMON, SILVER SALMON, LING COD AND HALIBUT IN VALDEZ
Another 200 pound plus halibut made its way to Valdez and the Halibut Derby leader board. Kim Steiger of Westchester, PA pulled in a 211 pound halibut July 5th aboard the Halibut Grove. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, anglers should keep an eye out for silver salmon as reports are trickling in of a few early catches further out in the Sound. Pink salmon are definitely in. Pink salmon fishing has been very productive at Allison Point with anglers catching their limit in a matter of hours. READ PRESS RELEASE
FIVE ATHLETES WITH ALASKA TIES COMPETE IN OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Eielson AFB, made the Olympic team by finishing third in the women's long jump. She won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Allie Ostrander of Soldotna
finished eighth in Sunday's final. She won't get to compete in Rio but made the final by posting the fourth-fastest time (15:27.13) in Thursday's
preliminary rounds. Former Bartlett High shot putter Jordan Clarke
finished ninth in the men's shot put and Ketchikan's Isaac Updike
closed a breakthrough season by finishing 12th
in the men's steeplechase. Also, Paige Blackburn
of Soldotna finished 21st
in the women's discus.
about track and field.
, the Eagle River trapshooter who already owns an Olympic medal, will also gun for more Olympic glory this summer in Rio de Janiero. READ MORE
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
The next meeting will be Monday, July 25th.
MELTING ARCTIC ICE MEANS BETTER INTERNET FOR ALASKA
- While the loss of Arctic ice is a daunting reality, residents in the more remote areas of Alaska have a silver lining in the form of an extensive fiber optic cable that would bring them better internet access.
LYNX TRAPPING AND HUNTING REDUCED BY EMERGENCY ORDER
Trapping and hunting seasons for lynx in game management units 14A, 14B and 16 have been reduced by emergency order for 2016-2017. For more information, contact Todd Rinaldi in Palmer at (907) 746-6325.
KIDS' PINK SALMON DERBY
With the Kid’s Pink Salmon Derby just around the corner (July 23rd
), let’s take a look back and previous years’ winners.
Age 5-7 – Jace Branshaw of Valdez, AK- 6.22 lbs.
Age 8-10 – Calvin Todd of Fairbanks, AK- 5.40 lbs.
Age 11-13 – Aaron Williams of Fairbanks, AK – 5.46 lbs.
Age 14-16 – Logan Heckathorn of Valdez, AK – 5.28 lbs.
TOP TEN WINNERS
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for more information on this year’s derby.
ALASKA PRIMARY ELECTION APPROACHING, DEADLINE TO REGISTER THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, July 17th is the deadline to register to vote or to update your name, residence address or party affiliation for the August 16th Alaska primary election. CLICK HERE
for online forms.
SUMMER ART CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Parks & Rec announced the winners of their Summer Art Contest.
Division 13+: Ryan McCune
Division 0-12: Amelia Alex
The Silent Auction for the donated halibuts will begin on Thursday, July 7th. All proceeds will benefit the Valdez Gold Rush Days Scholarship Fund.