Homer halibut derby update
HOMER -- As of Tuesday, the standings for the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby are as follows:
1- David Chapparo, Chicago, 337 pounds. Caught July 9 aboard Inlet Charters' Fringe Benefit, David Flower, skipper.
2- Dale Hassinger, Prospect, Pa., 323.6 pounds. Caught July 17 aboard Alaska Luxury Charters' Quintessence, Dale Seekins, skipper.
3- Steve Johnson, Pongoteague, Va., 285.2 pounds. Caught July 3 aboard Homer Ocean Charters' Tomahawk II, Greg Sutter, skipper.
4- Jay Whitson, Tempe, Ariz., 276.6 pounds. Caught July 2 aboard Aurora Sportfishing's Northern Lights, Mark Millspaugh, skipper.
5- Walter Saarinen, Wasilla, 268.6 pounds. Caught July 8 aboard Silver Fox Charters' Fox 6, Dan Rathert, skipper.
Iron Dog teams announced
BIG LAKE -- America's ''Big Four'' snowmobile manufacturers have set their teams for the 2001 Iron Dog, and most of the big names are in the running.
Defending Iron Dog champ Scott Davis from Soldotna, and a partner to be announced, will ride for Arctic Cat, as will the team of Mike Brown and Chris Michaelson.
Polaris has former champs Evan Booth of Nome and John Faeo of Wasilla, along with Tracey Brassard and Ken Lee.
Yamaha is in with former champs Todd Palin of Wasilla and Dusty Van Meter of Kasilof, and Bob Gilman of Wasilla and Dan Zipay of Anchorage.
Ski-Doo, meanwhile, is going with the teams of Jack Klayum and Eric Quam, and Tom Kriska and Cliff Terwilliger.
The other 45 teams in the Iron Dog pro class will be selected in an Aug. 15 lottery among entrants for the 2,000-mile race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks.
There also are 20 slots available for riders in the trail class.
Who's Who in the owl world
BARROW -- The Inupiat always have referred to the area around here as Ukpeagvik, the place where owls gather.
The huge snowy owls that congregate here and the people who come to study them are bringing international media attention this summer. Denver Holt of the Montana-based Owl Research Institute has been coming to Barrow for nine years to study the snowy owl in its natural breeding habitat. This season, a filmmaker, a writer and a photographer from the National Geographic Society have come to observe and document his work.
Beeley Productions, Geographic's film contractor, visited Barrow over the past few weeks to film the snowy owls for a television show on owls of the world. The nature filmmaker has worked with the British Broadcasting Corp. for 10 years, producing many of David Attenborough's films.
--Staff and wire reports
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