Hooligan Run starts this morning

The second annual Hooligan Run will be held today, Friday, May 9. Runners, bikers and walkers should meet at the footbridge by the airport later this morning.
The event starts at 11 am (walkers should plan on starting at 10 am). The event finishes at the Dyea Flats with lunch and drinks provided. There is no charge for this event (although donations are accepted).
SMART Bus will again offer a ride back to town for the weary.
This event has no particular meaning or significance, say organizers, who stress “It is NOT a race. It’s just a chance for locals to get out and loosen up their rusty bones and joints and windpipes, and enjoy nature together.”
Event contacts are Pete Lucchetti (612-3028) or Stuart Brown (612-0011).

Top 5 finishes for Kirko, Weber
The Skagway track team participated in the Juneau Invitational Track Meet last weekend against eight other schools.
Tom Kirko finished third in shot put and fourth in discus. Quinn Weber finished fourth in the 3200 meter race and sixth in the 1600.
Other participants from Skagway included Jake Henricksen, Logan Weber, Tylor Forester, and Brent Beckner.
The meet included other teams from Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Metlakatla, Mt. Edgecumbe, Angoon, and Gustavus.
This was Skagway’s only meet of the season, as the region meet falls on graduation weekend.

Fishing regs get tighter

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game put further clamps on an already tight chinook season on May 1 with more emergency regulations for Southeast Alaska, but Skagway may see more “liberal” catch limits later this summer.
The resident bag and possession limit remains one fish, 28 inches or greater in length per day, while the non-resident daily bag and possession limits changed to:
• May 1 - July 15, one king salmon 28 inches or greater.
• July 16 through Sept. 30, one king salmon 48 inches or greater.
• Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.
The harvest limits for non-residents are three kings Jan. 1 through June 30, two kings July 1-15, three kings July 16 - Sept. 30, and one king for the remainder of the year.
The 48-inch requirements had previously been in effect Aug. 1, causing the Pat Moore Gamefish Derby to be moved from early August to July 10-13.
Derby organizer Andrew Cremata asked the Skagway Borough Assembly to make some calls. He said a person is “more likely to get hit by a meteorite and lightning in the same day” than catching a king 48 inches or longer in Taiya Inlet.
He also said it was unfair for Juneau to be allowed an exemption of the regulations for its Golden North Salmon Derby. “We had to move our derby.”
He said the department was not paying as much attention to Skagway’s fishery since the Jerry Myers Hatchery closed.
Assembly members agreed with Cremata and said they would make some calls.
When asked about the derby preference for Juneau and the hatchery questions, Haines Area Biologist Richard Chapell said in an e-mail that the Juneau derby exemption, dating back to 2003, was eliminated with the May 1 emergency ruling.
As for Taiya Inlet management, Chapell said, “The fact that Skagway does not have an operating hatchery does not affect decisions regarding Taiya Inlet king regulations. We will again have king salmon harvest regulations in June and July that are more liberal than the SE regional regulations so anglers can exploit the return of DIPAC raised king smolt returning this year. In past years, kings caught in Taiya Inlet have been exempted from the non-Alaska resident annual limit. ADF&G has not yet formulated this year’s Taiya Inlet king salmon regulations.”
Cremata said speculation that there may be a loosening of restrictions does not help his derby planning. The derby had to be moved to July so visitors would be able to keep their fish.
Charter boats are feeling the pinch too with a limitation of four lines from one boat at one time.
But the season has begun. Skagway’s first king of the year was caught May 7 by a tourist on Joe Warchuk’s Fat Salmon Charters. – JEFF BRADY

KCIBR registration begins

The 16th annual Kluane to Chilkat bike relay will run this year on June 21. Over 1,000 riders participate each year to take in the spectacular scenery along the Haines Highway. Cyclists can challenge themselves to go faster or simply have fun riding and enjoy the party and camping afterwards in Haines. On-line registration has opened and the first entry deadline is less than a month away.
Thirty-one teams have already entered as of April 30.
The spring weather has been hard on cyclists. Some of the tougher ones are on the highway but the indoor rollers must be humming. Either way, teams are preparing and registrations have been rolling in. The early deadline is May 24 and the final chance to register will be June 16. It is no longer possible to hold off until the very last minute.
For a few years now the KCIBR registration has been done on-line. Changes and refunds must also be done on-line. To register or to find out more about the KCIBR visit the website www.kcibr.org.
Organizers are planning for at least 250 teams made up of 1200 riders this year. Teams can enter in one of several categories. There are solo, 2, 4, and 8 person teams for men, women, and mixed. For rules about team makeup, check the website. Regardless of the number on a team, each cyclist must ride consecutive legs.
The host towns of Haines Junction, Yukon and Haines, Alaska are the start and finish points for this 238 kilometre race. The 1,200 riders take over the town of Haines Junction by Friday evening before race day and then swarm onto the highway for the mass starts. This year there will be four start times, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Yukon time. Four-person teams will start first. Solo, two-person teams and tandem teams will start at 8:45. There will be two starts for eight person teams at 9 and 9:15. The fastest riders will arrive in Haines by 3 p.m and the red lantern winners will pull into town by 9 p.m. The finish line hosts provide a great meal, camping area and a great view for relaxing after the race.
Besides the additional start time there will be one other significant change. All riders will have to dismount at checkpoints and walk for about 10 metres. The purpose for the dismount rule is to slow riders down momentarily so that volunteers can do a better job of timing the legs. It will be easier to get bib numbers and an accurate time for each rider. Checkpoint layout and rules will be available on the website soon.
There are specific rules for riders that will be doing Leg 7 and passing through U.S. Customs. It is best for those riders to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. And they will have to carry the required identification.
though they will be on their bikes.
Lotteries Yukon and Yukon Electrical Company are major sponsors for the event again this year. They provide funding to help organize the event and to recognize the 300 volunteers.
For more information contact: Mike Gladish at 867-668-4582 or Mike Kramer at 867-633-3465.