Homer halibut derby update
Standings in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, as of Tuesday:
1- David Chaparro, Chicago, 337 pounds. Caught Sunday with Inlet Charters, skipper David Flower.
2- Steve Johnson, Pongoteague, Va., 285.2 pounds. Caught July 3 with Homer Ocean Charters, skipper Greg Sutter.
3- Jay Whitson, Tempe, Ariz., 276.6 pounds. Caught July 2 with Aurora Sportfishing, skipper Mark Millspaugh.
4- Walter Saarinen, Wasilla, 268.6 pounds. Caught Saturday with Silver Fox Charters, skipper Dan Rathert.
5- Robert Rickel, Sioux Falls, S.D., 244.4 pounds. Caught Sunday aboard the Seakatch, Jim Vandersanden, skipper.
Refuge plans nature hike
The Friends of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a nature hike Saturday on the Hidden Creek Trail, a three-mile round trip starting at the trail head at mile 5.7 on Skilak Lake Road. Hikers are planning to meet at 9 a.m. at the refuge visitors center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna to carpool to the trail head.
The trail starts at 500 feet of elevation and gently descends through woods, across a few small streams and through some open boggy areas to Skilak Lake at 195 feet of elevation.
The trail offers plenty of mountain vistas, as well as excellent opportunities to view wildlife and wildflowers. Many members of the Friends group and the participating refuge staff are knowledgeable about local flora and fauna and will be helpful in identifying flowers and animals spotted along the way.
Some log-hopping may be involved in some of the boggier areas, so hikers should wear good boots.
Other recommended items to bring include binoculars, plant and bird guide books and a lunch.
Hikers are planning to meet at 9 a.m. at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna to carpool to the trail head.
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