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What's in store for next fish board appointee?

Posted: April 19, 2013 - 8:48am

A decade ago Ricky Gease wrote the Alaska Board of Fisheries declaring Soldotna too dangerous for a board meeting. The board has not deliberated in Soldotna since then. Recently the Kenai River Sportfish Association has eavesdropped on a UFA board meeting forwarding info to Karl Johnstone, fish board chairman. Most recently KRSA “bombed” legislators in Juneau with e-mails against the re-appointment of Vince Webster. 

This machination was driven by the desires of KRSA to have a majority on the board of fish for the 2014 Cook Inlet cycle. In the past KRSA sent a delegation to Bristol Bay to interview past board of fish members/appointees Dr. White and Russell Nelson. Cook Inlet commercial fishermen have not had a rep on the board for 30 years. Now that Vince Webster has been hammered by KRSA, Robin Samuelson has decided to speak out against Bob Penny, KRSA, and their divisive bullying behavior. Back when Coffey, Dersham, and Engle were on the board some called it the Anchorage Board of Sportfish. Cook Inlet commercial fishermen should have a rep on the board for their 2014 regulatory cycle. 

For the last decade we have witnessed the media blitz against bullying in school. Now politicians, lawmakers, the board of fish, law enforcement, and many others have decided to lay down and tolerate the bullying behavior of KRSA, an educational 501c3 non-profit with significant and unethical political over-reach. 

If their expectations are not met in Governor Parnell’s next appointment will KRSA send more e-mails to Juneau; or drones?

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FrozenNorth 04/19/13 - 09:24 pm
I don't disagree with most of

I don't disagree with most of your comments, but what good does it do to put a CI fisherman on the BOF? They would be conflicted out of just about every meaningful vote in the 2014 meeting. Better a thoughtful Bristol Bay person, if such a person could be found.

MtnMan 04/19/13 - 11:21 pm
(yawn) By the way, no chance


By the way, no chance the author who penned this gem is this same guy:
Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish in closed period waters with drift gill net.
Text: On 8-20-12 the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna issued a summons to appear in Kenai Court on September 9th to 61 year old John D. McCombs of Ninilchik, Alaska. Mr. McCombs was charged with commercial fishing with a drift gill net in closed period waters in the Upper Cook Inlet.

I mean, that's not possible. Commercial fishermen are always wronged. And seemingly always by KRSA.

cormit 04/22/13 - 07:03 am

And you .... wise yawning MntMan ..... who might you be? John signed his name to his opinion for all to see. Are you proud enough of your inflammatory comments to sign your name to them? Didn't think so.

MtnMan 04/22/13 - 01:41 pm
John McCombs signed his name

... only because he's required to do so in order to submit a letter to the editor... If he was genuinely being so forthright and candid, he could've at least stated his opinions may be jaded as he is a card carrying member of the commercial fishing industry. My comments are no less damning than the accusations he's placed against a group he feels is a threat to his livelihood. Except for the part, of course, where my comments are based on published, undeniable facts.

Ask yourself this: Does Mr. McCombs without a shadow of a doubt know what KRSA's desires are and specifically that they are to have a majority for the 2014 Cook Inlet cycle? Does he truly know what happened with the now months-old eavesdropping conspiracy beat completely to death by the commercial fishing industry - a story that ironically can't gain any legs of legitimacy under it other than what the commercial industry gives it? Does Mr. McCombs know for certain that a letter sent a decade ago is the ONLY reason the Board of Fish has not deliberated in Soldotna? And even better yet, can he pretty please provide a truthful, honest, single instance where KRSA has had significant and unethical political over-reach and base that OPINION on what the law actually regards as unethical or political over-reach for a 501(c)3? It might just be that it's easier for Mr. McCombs to fling big words around knowing people won't take the time to check the facts, just like he's done.

For all of the garbage the commercial fishing industry puts out there about this single organization, you'd think somebody who oversees such apparent horrible infractions as those levied against KRSA would put the hammer down and write 'em up! But then again, maybe those in charge know and understand the rules and know there's nothing but a lot of huff going on here by the commercial fishing industry.

5akman 04/22/13 - 02:01 pm
Mtn Man

Really, this is the best you can do? Avoid all the Nixon era infractions brought about by KRSA and go after someone who points out these issues? Seems like the govt, from top to bottom is bought out, hook - line- sinker by KRSA and their special interests. If the state govt isn't interested in looking into these issues such as lobbying/eavesdropping/killer Kenai river property deals etc., then heaven help us as we've got bigger fish to fry!

MtnMan 04/22/13 - 02:38 pm
My point exactly - if none of

My point exactly - if none of its worth looking into by the powers that be, then maybe - just maybe - there's nothing to look into?

Again - cold, hard facts and evidence instead of rumors would be greatly appreciated.

Seafarer 04/24/13 - 10:20 am
KRSA is Corrupt and Criminal

Bob Penny and his Band of Cronies are the most corrupt gang on the Peninsula and beyond. The are thugs and bullies and Parnell just loves them.

It's up to us, as resource users, to stop them in their tracks. They think themselves untouchables. Ricky Gease is a con and uses his "skills" as ammunition for KRSA, in the name of "it's good for the river". No. It's only good for KRSA.

Their bribes to legislators and ADFG are well known. The KRSA stinks to high heaven. They stink worse than the beach after the dipnetters go home...

smithtb 04/25/13 - 12:09 am
Your playbook is the same as KRSA's

Mtn Man,

I love how your first instinct and comment towards a fact-based editorial is to personally attack the individual who is courageous enough to sign his name to his thoughts. How ironic it is that you defend KRSA - their tactics are exactly the same - sling mud and see what sticks in an attempt to distract people from the important facts.

Why do you feel that Mr. McCombs needs to state that he is a commercial fisherman? Does that make his point any less valid? And who's to say that he's not also a sport or personal use fisherman? Or both? I am all of the above, and proud of it.

Todd Smith
There, dig up some dirt on me too while you're at it.

Keen-eye 04/28/13 - 08:36 pm

Crickets . . . . . .

spwright 04/29/13 - 03:12 pm
Fish Wars

4/29/13 I have witnessed these Local Fish Wars since 1984 & Nothing has Changed in all of those years.

Just like Our Very Own United States Congress, the Local Fishing User Groups just Keep On Back Stabbing each other
& refuse to compromise . They can't even decide If it is Day or Night or agree on anything. So much valuable Time & Energy & Money is Wasted.

The Blame Game seems to be the Number One Issue & All User Groups believe that their opinion is the Only Opinion.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the deep sea trawlers rape the ocean 100's of miles from the coast & are Laughing All the Way to the Bank while the local Fishermen rip each other apart.

SPW Soldotna

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