August fishing derby in jeopardy

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009

JUNEAU - After 62 years, the 2009 Golden North Salmon Derby could be cancelled unless volunteers pitch in to help run it.

"The board is enthusiastic about holding a derby. But we do need to find people to fill key positions, or we're just not going to be able to make it go this year," said Matt Robus, a board member of the Territorial Sportsmen Inc., the group that organizes the derby each year.

The king and coho salmon derby is a three-day event in late summer. Fishermen get prizes for catching the biggest fish and tagged fish. Many prizes are donated by local businesses.

The derby gives scholarships to high school seniors on their way to college or vocational programs. The Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Foundation has given out 254 scholarships and $1.4 million since 1953.

"Without a derby, that scholarship program's going to be affected," said Robus.

The Sportsmen are looking for a derby co-chairman and the dock and prize committee chairmen. Contact Wayne Regelin at 790-2920 by Jan. 30 to help.

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