63rd salmon derby full of changes, new partnerships, big prizes
Juneau's three-day, mid-August fishing contest with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes is back for its 63rd year. The Golden North Salmon Derby kicks off this year on Friday, August 14 and runs through Sunday, August 16.

Boundary map detail and official fishing area

And the winner is ... 2009 special prizes
1. Territorial Sportsmen, Inc:

Scholarship fish prizes: an opportunity to win cold, hard cash
For each scholarship fish turned in, contestants will receive one door prize ticket that will provide the opportunity to win one of the prizes listed below. All drawings will be done after the derby and will be available for pick up at the awards ceremony. Ticket numbers will be posted on the Salmon Derby website at:

Big Fish Tales: '08 8th place winner shares her story
Marsha Montag developed a passion for boating as a young child while sitting on her dad's lap and assisting him at the helm. Having been born and raised in Juneau, she operated a charter business for about 14 years and has faithfully participated in the Golden North Salmon Derby for her entire life.

Fish tweets
This year the Juneau Empire will be providing minute-to-minute updates from the waters of the Golden North Salmon Derby. Through the Empire's Twitter and Facebook pages as well as at juneauempire.com you'll be able to have instant updates on who's caught what, how big it is and how it all went down. "Twitter will provide readers with a way to know what's going on out on the water whether they are a participant or a spectator," Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said. Westmoreland also encourages Derby participants to call the Empire with their own updates.

2009 derby photo contest!
The rules are simple. Submit your favorite photo taken during this year's derby to the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. You can mail the photos to PO Box 20761, Juneau, AK 99802 or e-mail them to territorial@gci.net by August 31. Be sure to include your contact information. A winner will be selected by the salmon derby committee and you will be notified by September 15. The person taking the winning photograph will be awarded derby tickets for next year's derby for all immediate household members (limited to five). The photograph will be displayed in next year's derby booklet and on the derby web site.

Gear, gadgets & Gizmos
Keep it cool

Who is the Territorial Sportsmen?
Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. serves an important purpose:

2009 top 50 Golden North prizes
Derby Prizes will be awarded beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20, at Centennial Hall. Prize winners or designated representatives must attend the awards ceremony. Winners must present their entry and weigh-in ticket stubs at the ceremony in order to claim their prize. The official list of all prizes will be available on the salmon derby website at www.goldennorthsalmonderby.org on Wednesday, August 19.

A welcome from Territorial Sportsmen president Regelin
Welcome to the 63rd annual Golden North Salmon Derby and thank you for participating. Territorial Sportsmen Inc. (TSI) is proud to sponsor this fun-filled event for the community of Juneau.

A special dedication: Bob Cartmill and family
The 63rd Golden North Salmon Derby is dedicated to Bob Cartmill for his 41 years of service to the derby with the loyal support of his entire family.

2009 Golden North Salmon Derby Rules
Pink & chum salmon will not be accepted. Derby participants are encouraged to return pink and chum salmon unharmed to the water, unless they are retained for personal consumption.

Handle fish with care
The following guidelines have been provided by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for keeping your fish in the best possible condition so the maximum value is retained. Do everything possible to preserve the quality of your fish: • DO NOT clean your fish*! Turn in your fish IN THE ROUND!• Keep them moist and cool.• Please ice your fish in a slush mixture of ⅓ ice to ⅔ sea water (ice is available at all weigh-in stations and Tee Harbor.)• Please do not put fish in plastic bags. Use wet burlap if you do not have ice.• Turn in your fish as soon as possible.*State of Alaska, Dept. of Environmental Conservation regulations do not allow cleaned fish to be accepted by the Derby.

Derby scholarships go to Southeast seniors with a passion for outdoors
Every year the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. gives away multiple scholarships to graduating seniors. This year $12,000 each was awarded to Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Logan Balstad, Kevin Craig and Trevor Larsen.

Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Recipients
1953 Johnny Harris

Past winners of the Golden North Salmon Derby
1947 Dick Harris, Juneau, 38.4lbs.

Kings aren't shrinking, they're just feeding
Derby fish ain't what they used to be, say old-timers. And they're right - though it's no sign of impending doom.

EPA wants Kensington to do it right
The MyTurn article in Wednesday's Juneau Empire by Brian Holst, director of the Juneau Economic Development Council, not surprisingly champions the development and opening of the Kensington gold mine.

Learning Connection a great experience
I'm writing to tell you about one of Juneau's best kept secrets: The Learning Connection (SERRC's little red schoolhouse at 210 Ferry Way). I taught English as a Second Language there this summer, and though I would love to have stayed, my husband and I are moving to Seward.

Junior cadets are on the scene
"Tell me one piece of evidence you see," said Juneau Police Department officer Jason Van Sickle as 16 cadets from the Junior Police Academy on Wednesday examined a Chevrolet sedan with a miniature motorcycle wedged under its front bumper.

Cruise executive blames head tax for revenue drop
A cruise line executive attacked the cruise ship initiative Thursday that imposes fees and environmental regulations on the industry.

Parnell promises Kensington support at Juneau luncheon
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce welcomed Gov. Sean Parnell Thursday like an old friend, even before he gave a ringing endorsement of the Kensington Mine.

Alaska's senators argue with EPA over Coeur action
Alaska's U.S. senators in a Wednesday letter explained why they think the Environmental Protection Agency is wrong to say the Kensington gold mine could use more environmental study.

Photos: Watching for Bears
Black bears have become a frequent sight at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, prompting tourists to pull out their cameras and staff to ramp up warnings about bear safety. To view a photo slideshow of bears spotted this summer in Juneau, visit juneauempire.com/slideshow.

Photo: Taking the plunge
Claressa Ullmayer, 15, top, prepares to follow friend Keith Andrews, 15, into a pond near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Thursday as a bus full of tourists drives by. Clear, warm weather is expected to continue today with temperatures in the high 70s.

Police & Fire
A report from Juneau police and fire officials was not available by press time.

Around Town
Today, July 31

A Page One story in Thursday's Juneau Empire about cruise ship passenger taxes alluded to a separate ballot initiative that toughened environmental regulations on the industry. A single 2006 ballot question was responsible for both the head tax and the tougher environmental regulations.

Richard Thomas Kirkland
Richard Thomas Kirkland, 70, died July 25, 2009, at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore., following a period of declining health.

Tyler Dean 'Tag' Eckles
Tyler Dean "Tag" Eckles died on the morning of July 26, 2009, after a valiant fight against cancer, with his wife Hildegard and friends at his side. He was 59.

Outside editorial: Minimum wages aren't the problem, maximum wages are
The federal minimum wage went up 70 cents an hour on Friday, to $7.25 an hour, the third and last of the scheduled increases enacted by Congress in 2007. Let the standard arguments begin:

Why your doctor may prescribe volunteering
Pat Bjorhovde, a representative with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, made her first trip to Juneau this week and immediately called her husband and told him they need to come back together. She told her husband, who is of Norwegian descent, that he would love it. It isn't surprising to hear such great words about the beauty of Juneau, but it still made me proud (once again) of the place I call home.

Bearing hopes of the world
How will the story of Barack Obama's presidency end? Obama may leave audiences cheering and go down in history as one of the most successful presidents this country has ever had. But he may well end his time in office as one of the most disappointing leaders the world has seen.

Seward flooding eases, more rain in forecast
ANCHORAGE - Flooding in Seward eased Thursday but the popular tourist town braced for more rain ahead of an influx of thousands of anglers competing in a salmon fishing derby.

Woman accused of firing at man
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police arrested a 56-year-old woman accused of firing at a man outside her home.

Man convicted of burning own home
GIRDWOOD - The Anchorage district attorney says a Girdwood man who burned down his own house, hoping to collect $95,000 in insurance money, has been convicted of arson and fraud.

Grant to fund fish contaminant study
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Natural Resources has been awarded a $700,000 federal grant to test for environmental contaminants in Alaska fish.

Earthquake shakes southern Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Geologists say a small earthquake has rattled parts of southern Alaska.

Army soldier found dead in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A Fort Richardson soldier from Ohio was found dead in his Anchorage home.

Spill response official quits over flooding
FAIRBANKS - An incident commander with the state Division of Spill Prevention and Response, Ed Meggert, said he's leaving his job because of safety failures during spring flooding on the Yukon River.

Bears betting on getting back
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears return a wealth of experience from last year's 4A state runner-up, but this season's hopes could rest on the shoulders - or arm - of a freshman.

Photo: Juneau catcher
Juneau catcher Ryan Kelly makes an attempt to grab a tough throw and put a tag on Dimond West's Kenny Hausinger, No. 22, in Thursday's Game 1 of the Junior League All-Star Baseball StateTournament at Adair-Kennedy Field. Dimond won 6-3.

Study: Overfishing easing in some areas
WASHINGTON - Crabcakes and fish sticks won't be disappearing after all.

Wildfires prompt Fairbanks health advisory
ANCHORAGE - Heavy smoke from forest fires poured into Fairbanks on Thursday, fouling the air for residents and tourists and prompting air quality officials to issue a health advisory.

Museum curator pieces together stories in Sitka's history
SITKA - On a recent afternoon, Ashley Kircher and Amy Thompson were in a basement room at the old pulp mill administration building leafing through Sitka history.

Pregnant women told to limit Western Alaska pike intake
UNALASKA - State and federal officials are advising pregnant women and young children to limit the amount of northern pike they eat from the Kuskokwim and lower Yukon rivers because the fish contain a toxic form of mercury.

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