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Public process gone from fish board

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It appears to me that false praise is more popular than the truth.

The fish board accepts proposals every three years, the local advisory committees vote on these, the board listens to public testimony, (not here; in Anchorage on a week day) and then the board bundles proposals and forms committees. The committee members are people who can attend 14 days of meetings in Anchorage. There is no record kept in these committees. The committees submit a report to the board and deliberations begin. Both public input and local advisory committee reports are vaporized in this committee process.

Karl Johnstone and John Jensen have been guests at the "world class" Kenai Classic. Tom Klubberton is a Talkeetna lodge owner and former chairman of the Mat-Su Sportsmen's Blue Ribbon Fisheries Committee. A few years ago, under the force of Coffey/Engle/Dersham, the body was referred to as the Anchorage Board of Sportfish. Not much has changed. Even Kevin Delaney is back to work for Bob Penney and KRSA. Gov. Parnell has appointed Ben Ellis, former KRSA director as parks director. It is a heck of a show but it is only the faade of a true unbiased public process.

So, to put it succinctly, I have to disagree with the Clarion editorial of 2-20-2011.

John McCombs, Ninilchik



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