Easterly takes $6,000 prize, recalls 'the big one'


Greg Knight

Jeannie Easterly shows off her trophy in recognition of winning the 2013 Wrangell King Salmon derby. Easterly brought in a 43.6-pounder at Aaron’s Creek on June 8.

A celebration of the 2013 Wrangell King Salmon derby was the highlight event in downtown last Thursday as the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards ceremony at the James and Elsie Nolan Center.

Jeannie Easterly took home the top prize of $6,000 in the annual event, which saw Mark Soeteber and Jeff Soles take second and third place, respectively.

After the ceremony, Easterly recalled her memories of the derby – and the moment she hooked her King.

She related that she and her husband Randy left their house early Friday morning at 4:30 a.m. with their dog Kona.

“We were rea...

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