Measure to name bridge after Kasilof vet passes house

Posted: Friday, April 02, 2010

A bill to rename a major Kasilof landmark is one hurdle closer to passage, but still far from being water under the bridge.

House Speaker Mike Chenault's bill to name the Sterling Highway bridge spanning the Kasilof River after a local veteran was passed unanimously on Thursday and transmitted to the senate.

Chenault, R-Nikiski, introduced the bill in January of 2009 to dedicate the bridge after lifelong Kasilof resident Robert E. Bush Jr. at the request of one of Bush's family members.

With the request came a petition with the signatures of about 200 area residents supporting the idea.

The bridge would be renamed the Robert E. Bush, Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Bush served in Operation Desert Storm with the Army. He died in Anchorage in July of 2007.

-- Staff report

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