KENAI — Junior Chase Stephens has a pair of region titles and the Colony Knights hold the top spot in the team standings after the first day of the Region III Championships at Kenai Central High School.
PALMER — When the female Kenai Kardinals met the Wasilla Warriors during the regular season, 80 minutes of regulation failed to produce a winner. The Northern Lights Conference rivals walked off the turf with a 1-1 tie.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand some people! Either they were raised with no sense of right and wrong or they’re just trying to get away with something, hoping no one will notice. Perhaps they’re just too lazy to learn the rules governing what they’re trying to do. Whatever the reason, they deserve whatever punishment is appropriate for their transgression.
While setting out for a king salmon fishing trip on Wednesday (May 20), I spotted a large flock of gulls along the Susitna River, upstream of the Deshka River confluence, for the first time this year. I figured that meant significant numbers of hooligan must now be upstream of the Deshka.
I couldn’t shake the mild feeling of incredulity as I loaded my skis into the car. I had just mowed the lawn the night before, and nature — and my brain along with it — had seemingly thrown the switch to summer.
Andy Couch has returned to the Frontiersman with his fishing report column. I’ve known Andy for many years and he is arguably the most knowledgeable fisher I know. I have spoken with several people Andy has guided over the years, and everybody compliments his efforts to find his clients fish. Nobody can guarantee someone fishing with them will catch a fish, but nobody tries harder than Andy to make that opportunity available to his anglers.
“Hey, I’ve got one!” Larry Engel proclaimed as he jerked back on his rod and a big, underwater torpedo drained line from his reel. My other three guests quickly cranked their lures from the water and stowed their rods in the boat to watch the fight.
DENALI PARK — Lengthening days, milder overnight temperatures, sightings of migrant bird species, and the arrival of summer employees are all signs that the seasonal facilities and services that enhance the park experience for Denali National Park and Preserve visitors will open soon.
PALMER — Alaska Raceway Park is kicking off its 51st season of racing with the Mother’s Day opener, Hunison Memorial bracket racing, on May 10. Spectator gates open at 10 a.m. Prices, which include spectator parking, are $15 for adults, $12 for military and seniors, $10 for youths over 10, and free for children under 10. Food, beverages, T-shirts, and gift shop goodies are available, and the park has a new sound system. Flowers for the first 100 moms through the gate! Come out for speed, family, fun, and friendship.
My nephew, Paul Warta, called me Monday, all excited about trout fishing. It seems while Paul’s mother was driving him and his brother, Nathaniel, home, they spotted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s stocking truck offloading fish at Loberg (Junction) Lake. This lake is located just across the Parks Highway and little toward Anchorage from Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. After arriving home, Paul’s mother agreed to drive him and Nathaniel back to the lake if Paul would dig out fishing gear for everyone.
MAT-SU — Softball season is upon us, and Valley teams are beginning their quest for postseason glory on the diamond. Wasilla has beaten both the Palmer and Colony teams so far, but the season is far from over.
According to my online fishing reports at fish4salmon.com, I first noticed anglers fishing small areas of open water on the edge of Bradley Lake April 12, and I know people were out boating Finger Lake days before I made my trip last Sunday. Compared to my online fishing reports from previous years, this is the earliest I’ve seen ice-free Mat-Su Valley lakes in 12 years, and the earliest I’ve had my guide boat out for a check-up run in the same amount of time.
MAT-SU — May is the month for high school baseball, and teams from the Valley have been making noise. Two local teams defeated their Cook Inlet Conference opponents in non-conference matchups last week, showing that the Valley brand of baseball will travel well.
During the past year, the Alaska Board of Game voted to extend its two-year regulatory meeting cycle to a three-year cycle. This change will spread out the board’s workload and lighten the workloads of most Fish and Game Advisory Committees around the state. It should also help save the state money and staff time.