IN PLAY - T-ball kids make a play for the ball and run the bases as adult coaches watch during the first practice of the season earlier this month.

Little League season underway

Three divisions this year for more playing time; softball starts Mon.

The Skagway Little League season is underway with three divisions this year: T-ball, Junior League and Little League.
The Junior League is new, giving kids in the middle age group (second, third and fourth grades) more playing time with children their own age.
“We’ve created a league where everyone can be stars,” said John L. O’Daniel, who organizes the leagues with his wife, Cindy. Several volunteer parent-coaches assist.
The teams play on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
T-ball (age 5 to first grade) plays on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Games last 45 minutes.
Junior League games start at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays. Games are three innings with a one hour time limit, and parents are the pitchers, so there aren’t many walks. The two teams, Angels and Cubs, play each other all season.
Little League for fifth graders and kids through age 14 follows the Junior League games, and they play five-inning games. There are three teams, the Cardinals, Marinersj and Yankees.
The Little League will host Haines here on June 12, and the kids will travel to Haines on June 26. League championship games are slated for June 29.
Skagway’s adult coed softball season begins Monday May 31. Nine teams have signed up, said league commissioner Dave Mielke, the same number as last year. League games are Monday and Friday nights.

The first king salmon of the season was caught by Collette Armstrong from Whitehorse on board the Spindrift (Fishfull Think-N-). The captain’s name is Monte Mitchell. The fish was caught in front of Sturgill’s Landing in the first five minutes of the charter about 8:30 a.m. Sunday May 16.

Fish filet regs in effect

New SE salmon quotas announced

Boat anglers returning to Skagway will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating and de-heading sport-caught king salmon, coho salmon, and lingcod until docking from June 7 through Aug. 31.
The restriction, imposed by Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), is designed to maximize the amount of information the state can collect from dockside interviews and sampling programs conducted during the fishing season.
Gilling and gutting these fish is permitted, and the filleting and de-heading restriction does not apply to fish consumed or preserved on board.
Additionally, about 10,000 more chinook salmon will be available for the 2004 all gear catch in Southeast Alaska than had been previously announced by the ADF&G.
The increase is the result of an error in the 2003 reporting of coastal chinook stocks to the Pacific Salmon Treaty’s Chinook Technical Committee by the State of Oregon. The error was discovered and reported by ADF&G fisheries scientist Doug Eggers. It was soon corrected by the State of Oregon, resulting in the increase.
The corrected number for the 2004 Southeast Alaska all gear catch level for chinook salmon is 383,536, up from the 373,870 announced earlier.
Alaska’s catch level is allocated by the Chinook Technical Committee, which represents the fisheries covered under the Pacific Salmon Treaty: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and the Northwest Treaty Tribes.