Author: Katie Emmets

SHS runners at regionals Sat., three top 10 finishes in jr. high race in Juneau

By KATIE EMMETS The Skagway High School cross-country running team is traveling to Ketchikan this week to compete in the regional meet on Saturday. “I expect Dominique (Foote) to qualify for State and believe both Hailey (Jensen) and Trevor (Cox) have decent chances on qualifying,” said coach Kent Fielding. “I look forward to PRs (personal records) from the rest of the team.” Last week’s run from Dyea to Skagway was the team’s hardest workout of the year, and with tapering the difficulty of workouts this week, everyone should be ready to run. While the girls don’t have a full...

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Area study aims to track migration patterns of bats for the first time

By KATIE EMMETS Bats have always been here. “No one knows which came first: the Tlingit or the bat,” said wildlife biologist Jonathan Fiely. “The Tlingit even have a word for bat.” According to The New Tlingit Dictionary written by James A. Crippen of the University of British Colombia, s’igeiditaan is the word Tlingits use to identify these small flying mammals. So why are biologists just starting to care about these long-time Alaska residents? In 2006, a fatal fungus called white-nose syndrome began its journey in a single New York cave and has since spread to 26 United States and five Canadian Provinces. But it’s not here. Yet. Fiely was working with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park studying bat migration and hibernation patterns in Skagway for the University of Alaska Museum. Last year the University of Alaska Museum’s curator of mammology Link Olson secured a National Park Service grant for this study. And why Skagway? “Skagway is a unique spot because it sits at the juncture of a Southeast Alaska rainforest climate and the climate of interior Canada,” he said. “Sometimes you find really cool things at junctures.” Fiely hopes to use the genetic information taken from each bat trapped to determine if the bats are migrating south to Skagway from Canada or north to Skagway from areas in Southeast. The “batting” team of Fiely, wildlife technician...

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Foote, Cox, Jensen run strong in early X-C races

By KATIE EMMETS Photos by JEFF BRADY Rebecca Hollander, Hailey Jensen and Al Weber run the Yakutania trail Kara Whitehead crosses the footbridge to Yakutania Point in a gale-force wind Skagway’s Dominique Foote and former SHS runner (now with Juneau) Ethan Goebel lead the boys at the start Kelsey and Kenadie Cox cheer on their brother, Trevor Trevor sported a patch due to an eye infection he contracted during the Juneau meet Zach Breen runs towad the finish The Skagway High School cross-country running team heads into its third meet of the season this weekend to get a better idea of where both teams and individuals fit into the region. Coach Kent Fielding said the first two meets of the season went okay considering the runners faced rain during both events. Fielding said the top three runners from Skagway school are senior Dominique Foote, junior Trevor Cox and sophomore Hailey Jensen. At the first meet in Juneau on August 31, Foote placed 11th and Cox came in 29th in the boys’ race, and Jensen placed 20th in the girls’ race. “As far as those three . . . they did about what I expected,” he said. “For the rest of the team I’m looking for PRs (personal records).” Fielding said the boys’ team placed fifth among small schools. Because there needs to be five runners to make up a...

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Klondike Road Relay fun for most, grueling for the inaugural ultras

Story by Katie Emmets • Photos by Katie Emmets & Jeff Brady Three lone runners kicked off this year’s Klondike Road Relay with a mission to complete all 109 miles of the race, while 151 teams trailed behind them. Two of the three, Klas Stolpe and Houston Laws of Juneau, completed the entire course in 23.5 hours sore, blistered and with casualties such as removed toenails. They set the mark for future ultra Klondikers. There were seven Skagway running teams and two walking teams. Skagway Brewing Company was the fastest Skagway team with a total time of 16 hours, 11 minutes, 50 seconds. The team came in 4th in the corporate division and 28th overall. Some Sorta Social Club was the second Skagway team to finish and was 32nd overall with a time of 16:22:53; Parkies, Pluckers and Blowers was the third Skagway team to come in and 50th overall with a time of 17:16:45; Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters was 53rd overall with a time of 17:20:06; Snafu 84th overall with at time of 18:08:54; The Skagway Westmark Tube Sock Trotters were 96th overall with a time of 18:22:23; and WP&YR Highballers was the last Skagway team to come in and were 100th overall with a time of 18:33:39. Skagway’s Club 5:01 walking team came in first place out of six teams with a time of 10:02:23 and Flat Foot...

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Ship scraped

Visitors off the cruise ship Norwegian Sun walk pass a damaged section of the ship after it scraped the south fender during a very windy docking on Sept. 5. White Pass’s Tyler Rose said temporary repairs were made to stablizie the structure and it is still usable. Permanent repairs will occur after the cruise season ends on Sept. 25. – Katie...

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