A retired executive with over two decades of experience in information technology and business leadership, Jeffery Scott Fraser spends his time co-managing the historic Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska, with his wife. Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys fishing in his spare time and takes advantage of Alaska’s prime fishing terrain through a sports fishing license with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). The ADF&G releases updated fishing regulations summary booklets annually that feature a cover photo selected through an annual contest.
The ADF&G encourages residents and visitors alike to take their families fishing and capture memories on camera for a chance to see their child featured on the Sports Fishing Regulations Summary cover. Contests maintain an ongoing theme of highlighting what sports fishing means to young people and their families, and entries must feature individuals under the age of 18 as their primary subject. Additionally, the contest will only accept photos taken in Alaska during a sports fishing trip using hook and line or rod fishing methods.
Sponsored by the ADF&G, the Sport Fish Division, and the Aquatic Education Program, the cover photo contest closes annually on October 5. Entries must accompany a signed release form the photographer and subjects. Submissions must also include the names and ages of people in the photo, the location and date taken, and the contestant’s contact information.
Jeffery Scott Fraser retired from his career as an information systems executive in 2008 and splits his time between Wyoming and Alaska, where he co-manages the Tsaina Lodge at the Thompson Pass near Valdez. In his spare time, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys snowboarding, a winter sport that evolved from applying the principles of skateboarding and surfing to snowy terrain. Snowboarders are advised to make safety a top priority, and the following list details some important safety tips for the sport.
1. Wear proper gear. Proper safety equipment can save lives on the slope, and snowboarders should ensure that their gear fits securely. A complete set of safety gear includes helmets, wrist protection, goggles, and pads for the knees, elbows, hips, and buttocks. Additionally, snowboarders must remember to purchase gear specifically designed for snowy conditions.
2. Take lessons if inexperienced. Becoming a good snowboarder requires instruction and practice, and inexperienced and beginning snowboarders may want to take lessons from a qualified instructor before hitting the slopes. Not only will it help with the basics, but lessons will also include important safety information and advance current skills.
3. Stay hydrated. Becoming dehydrated can lead to fatigue, so remember to drink lots of water throughout the day. Higher altitudes can also accelerate dehydration, making hydration exceptionally important.
4. Prepare for an emergency. A number of factors can contribute to the emergence of emergency situations without warning, such as unexpected weather changes and injuries. Backcountry and side country slopes also put considerable distance between snowboarding locations and ski lodges. Prepare for emergencies by carrying a reliable communication device, snowboarding with a friend, and keeping ski patrol contact information on hand.
5. Remember common-sense slope rules. The National Safety Council maintains that all snowboarders should remember and follow a list of six common sense rules, some of which this list already covers. Additional points include following all posted signs and rules, avoiding closed trails, and giving moving snowboarders and skiers located downhill the right-of-way.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.