Spring salmon derby begins today
JUNEAU - Get ready, get set, fish! The seventh annual Spring King Salmon Derby begins its month-long run today.
The derby is sponsored by the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and proceeds from the $30 tickets go toward higher-education scholarships.
Tickets, which are good for the entire month, can be purchased at 11 locations around town - Alaska Ship Chandlers, Alaskan & Proud Supermarket, Breeze-In (Valley location), Central Council offices in ANB Hall, DeHart's, Fisherman's Bend, Harri Plumbing and Heating, Outdoor Headquarters, Rayco Sales, the Vocational Training and Resource Center and Western Auto-Marine.
The four weigh-in stations this year are Alaska Seafoods, 5434 Shaune Drive; DeHart's, 11735 Glacier Highway; Jerry's Meats and Seafood, Grant's Plaza, 5145 Glacier Highway (new location); and the Taku Fisheries dock, 550 South Franklin Street.
Standings will be published in the Juneau Empire sports section each morning and will be updated on the Internet by derby organizers. A link to the standings, as well as derby rules, prizes and other information, can be found on the Internet at http://www.juneauempire.com/springking/.
May Day Mud Run set for Saturday
JUNEAU - Local runners should start digging out their oldest, muddiest, worn-out pair of shoes - the 23rd annual May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run will be held on Saturday.
The march across the mudflats will start at 9 a.m. from the parking lot adjacent to the Fish Creek bridge on the North Douglas Highway. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m.
The race is an annual event, changing routes every few years but always held in late April or early May when there is a minus tide.
There are two races - a three-mile and a seven-mile. Both start with a scramble across the Mendenhall Wetlands from Fish Creek in North Douglas to the airport dike.
Short-race runners then turn around and head back to the starting line. Those in the seven-mile event head up into the interior of Douglas Island - the "mountain" portion, in the direction of Eaglecrest Ski Area - before circling back down to end up where they started.
The mudflats portion of the race is point-to-point, with no set course; runners choose the route they like best. The short race is open to runners age 14 and up. The long race is limited to runners age 19 and up.
Runners should expect to get wet, especially compared to last year's race. Last year, the low tide was minus-4.0 feet an hour before the race started. On Saturday, the low tide will be minus-1.5 feet as the race begins.
Game a no-go for Juneau boys soccer
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team did not play their scheduled game against Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Wednesday due to some miscommunication between the schools on game arrangements.
The Crimson Bear boys and girls will each play a game at Colony today. On Friday, the girls are scheduled to play Bartlett while the boys are still trying to line up an opponent. Field conditions and tight schedules among the Anchorage schools have caused scheduling difficulties.