My Chums!

Quickly.. here are a few tid bits you should know about.


Chumming up the waters -

The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons baseball and basketball teams are throwing a curve into the local traditional salmon derbies. The Falcons are asking local fisher persons if they can catch a Chum Salmon. And if you can then they have the derby for you. It is the First Annual Juneau Chum Derby starting July 20 and going through July 22. Now I have seen how easy it is to catch chum salmon just by looking out my tiny little cubicle here, and there are a lot of chum fishermen, and women, right outside who have taken a good number of these finned fishes away. Now it is time to get paid for it. The Grand Prize for the Juneau Chum Derby is $5,000 cash! That is a new camera for me. Second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. “That is no Chum change” they are saying. Only 250 tickets are being sold for the derby and four names are allowed on each ticket. The entry fee is $100 for a ticket and they can be purchased at Dehart’s and Western Auto or from TMHS baseball and basketball players... you could probably get some interesting fishing advice at those venues as well. All proceed benefit TMHS baseball and basketball programs and the derby is sponsored by DIPAC, S.E. Charters Association, S.E. Seiners Association and the Juneau Moose Lodge. For more information call 209-9018 or go to Good luck and some advice, the male chums are usually better for smoking although old Norwegians like the females for a particular dish that this Swede never found a taste for over in Petersburg. The derby starts Friday so if you can compete with eagles, seals and a variety of seasonal fishers let the games begin!


I was asked why I don’t put more NASCAR racing in the paper. For a second I thought, “Who in Alaska would be...” Then it dawned on me that I drive to work everyday in the most race-happy, me first, win the prize, take the checkered flag environment around. And I am losing every day!!! Juneau drivers are tough! So, yes, I will be looking around for NASCAR stories. And other racer type goodies. Does this mean I will be treated a little more kindly along Egan Drive?

Oh Bull! -

So you want to run Mount Bullard? Geez, been there, done that. Once again those crazy runners (this time Geoff Roes, Dan Lesh and John Nagle) towed me up a mountain, along a ridge, and through a glacier last week. Then they dumped me in some alders, devils club and salmon berry brush. Oh, and then, we had five miles to run at the end. I am very glad gravity keeps me attached firmly to a trail because some of the ideas they get are amazing.

Hand shake -

Okay, you promised. I went out and supported your athletic competition. Met you, shook your hand, and you stated you would send me the results. Haven’t got them. All I got was this T-Shirt and some splinters (it seems skiing does not cross train over to skate boarding easily). As a matter-of-fact I think there is a photo of a splinter on my T-Shirt. Anyway, I enjoyed the event... I really would like the results. AND MORE RED BULL!


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