Empire Archives is a new series printed every Saturday featuring a short compilation of headline stories featured in the Juneau Empire from archived editions in 1985, 1995 and 2005.
This week in 1985, longtime Juneau resident Sue Judson hooked the winning fish for the 39th annual Golden North Salmon Derby. On the morning of the final day of the competition, she successfully secured a 35.2-pound king while on the water with Alan Judson, her husband and Juneau’s fire chief at the time. “I knew it was the winner when it was in the net,” she said.
Original Story: “The Winner” by Richard F. Schmitz. 08/12/1985.
This week in 1995, members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team were greeted by more than 400 fans, family and friends as they exited a plane at the Juneau International Airport after returning home from an international competition in Japan where the team secured three world championship trophies.
Original Story: “The champs return” by Mike Sica. 08/9/1995.
This week in 2005, Steve Vick, a Haines swim club coach, was greeted by more than 100 Juneau residents at Auke Rec after completing a 92-mile swim through Lynn Canal — taking 8 days, 4 hours and 15 minutes — in protest to the proposed Juneau to Skagway access road. “Progress isn’t development,” he said. “Progress is going ahead and taking this marine highway system and making it state-of-the-art, making it world-class, something the rest of the world can look at and say, ‘That’s an example.’”
Original Story: “Vick completes 92-mile swim” by Korry Keeker. 08/11/2005.
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