Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2002

Michigan native claims July lead in Homer derby

Gary White caught a 232.4-pound halibut, good for first place in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby July standings.

The Kalamazoo, Mich., native caught the fish on July 5, while with K-Bay Charters and Capt. Jerry Haughey. Second place belongs to Robert White of Anchorage with a 232 pounder, while Tom Barkman of Homer caught one of 165.4 pounds, good enough for third place.

The overall derby leader is Ruth Armstrong of Eagle River with her 306.4-pound halibut caught May 31 with Sockeye Charters.

$500 prize goes to weekly Seward winner

In Week 10 of the Seward Jackpot Halibut Tournament, with a target weight of 71 pounds, first place and a $500 prize went to James Kaiser of Girdwood. His 71-pound, 3-ounce halibut was caught aboard M/V Grey Eagle with Grey Eagle Charters. Second place went to Kristine Larson of Palmer with 72-pound, 3-ounce catch while Mike Moore of Anchorage took home third place at 69 pounds, 9 ounces.

Scientists seek help with killer whale count

Researchers from North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Center, in an effort to determine if killer whales are contributing to the decline of the Steller sea lion population, are asking for help from the public to count killer whales on July 19, 20 and 21.

Researchers are asking anyone planning to be on the water to participate by reporting where they went and whether they saw any killer whales. Researchers would like to hear from people even if they didn't spot any killer whales. Surveys are available on the Web at www.AlaskaKillerWhales.org or by contacting Kerry Irish or Andrew Trites by phone at (604) 822-8181, by fax at (604) 822-8180 or by e-mail at KillerWhale@zoology.ebc.ca.

Geologist to lead tour through last ice age

On July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local expert Dick Reger will lead an unforgettable tour through the last major glaciation and the creation of the Kenai River Valley. Those interested should meet at the Soldotna Visitors Center and bring a lunch. Arrangements will be made to carpool to five different lecture spots.

For more information, or to register, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.

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