Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2008

Alaska State Parks is planning to invest $300,000 in Johnson Lake State Recreational Area, a site that sees almost 24,000 annual visitors. The money is for deferred maintenance and will be used in 2009 for the following priorities: Replace and relocate the well; install a toilet between the boat launch and the day use area; upgrade campground loop to include 15 "back-ins," each with a gravel campsite, picnic table, fire pit and tent pad; erect a centrally located entrance station-orientation kiosk; develop road alignment and parking for efficient circulation and day-use; and repair picnic tables and fire pits as necessary.

Parks continues to invite public comment on the project and recently held two local hearings to gather information. They hope to encourage lakeside vegetation to prevent erosion and to beautify the shoreward view from boats. Johnson Lake is for nonmotorized boating, fishing and swimming. The Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with 7-inch trout.

The first stocking is April 29, in conjunction with Salmon Celebration. This is a yearly event that many Kenai Peninsula schools and the public participate in. Fish and Game plans to release 5,800 trout at the first stocking and an additional 3,200 in late June.

Fish and Game is planning a second project in Kasilof, this one for $3.5 million. Federal funds are earmarked to contribute $750,000 and the remaining $2.75 million will come from the state. The project would establish a boat launch on the lower Kasilof River and was approved by the Legislature in 2007 but vetoed by Gov. Sarah Palin. On March 18 it was again approved by the Legislature. Two sites are considered for the project: Ed's Kasilof Seafoods off Satori Way, or Foxhills Estates Subdivision.

I got a phone call from Jennifer Dulmage regarding Per Osmar, who is now in Heritage House. Per and Jennifer Dulmage are hosting the seventh annual Clam Gulch New Year's Eve Procrastinators Ball. It will be at 3 p.m Saturday at Clam Gulch Lodge.

Happy 90th birthday to Glenn Bush of Coal Creek Estates on March 28.

Blossom named to dean's list

Kasilof resident David Blossom was named to the dean's list at Carroll College.

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