Community News

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

Strong dog competition planned

The Eagle River Weight Pull Championship for dogs will be held Saturday at Valley Feed and Seed in Eagle River, 11901 Old Glenn Highway. Dogs will compete in two categories, novice and professional, and four weight divisions. The competition begins with each dog attempting to pull a 200-pound sled 25 feet in less than 60 seconds. After each heat, weight will be increased until only one dog remains. The weight categories are zero to 60 pounds, 60 to 90 pounds, 90 to 125 pounds and 125 pounds and up. Professional dogs will compete for the $6,000 cash purse, and novice dogs will compete for ribbons and prizes.

Early registration will be accepted by e-mail at or by phone at (907) 745-8700. The early registration fee for novice dogs is $10, and for professional dogs it's $50. Registration on the day of the competition will cost $15 for novice dogs and $60 for professional dogs.

The sign-in time for the event will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday. The competition will begin at 11 a.m. and go to 4 p.m. An awards ceremony and banquet will follow the competition at the Elks Club. The event will also include a raffle for a Polaris snowmachine, food and display booths.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

The Alaska SeaLife Center has formed a partnership with Renown Charters of Alaska in an attempt to better track the year-round movement of Steller sea lions in Resurrection Bay.

Renown Charters will monitor the number of Steller sea lions near Cape Resurrection and Marys Bay during winter and spring in 2002.

Researchers at the Center believe that tagged and branded Steller sea lions from Chiswell Island and other rookeries frequent cape Resurrection and Marys Bay during the winter months. ASLC researchers use remotely controlled cameras on Chiswell Island to conduct Steller sea lion counts year-round, but during winter months many Steller sea lions move from the Chiswell area to Cape Resurrection and Marys Bay.

Those haulout areas afford better protection from the rugged winter seas in the Chiswell Island group. The observation of marked Steller sea lions is part of a long-term ASLC research project investigating the maternal investment and survivability of the seas lions in the northern Gulf of Alaska.

In 2001, Renown Charters initiated the relationship when it routinely communicated Steller sea lion observations to ASLC researchers. Researchers recorded more than 100 Steller sea lions on average in Cape Resurrection and Marys Bay during February 2001, compared with less than 10 on Chiswell Island.

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