Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Greetings from a verdant Kasilof.

Well, summer is finally here. Congratulations to graduating seniors and their parents. For those students not graduating, the last day of school is Thursday.

While on your way to wherever you're going, be aware of the freshly liberated students on the peninsula, some of who will tear around on bikes, scooters, skateboards and two feet.

Also, you will see motor homes and recreational vehicles, despite the high cost of fuel.

Construction on the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Kenai River in Soldotna will add time to most commutes. Residents are encouraged to plan to leave early for their town business, as the time it takes to get there will become increasingly longer as the tourist and building season gets into full swing.

Recent spats of warm, sunny days have helped some by drying out shaded, muddy backroads. Other areas have suffered with sun-cured ruts; Fairway Drive off North Cohoe Loop where tire tracks are like the troughs on a raging sea, feet deep and rock-hard.

Borough crews have been out in force working on these problems.

Also, Sunset Road off Crooked Creek received some much-needed attention, and I hope the neighbors appreciate their efforts.

State workers implemented dust control measures with the application of calcium chloride to high traffic areas around Kasilof including the entrance to the newly refurbished Kasilof River boat launch.

Many thanks to these hard working individuals for the improvements they make in our daily drive.

Folks living in my neck of the woods, Clark Meadows and Crooked Creek Ridge subdivisions, won't see any construction begin on our new two-lane bridge until August.

In a way this is a good thing, as hopefully the late season building won't disturb what is left of our natural run of "hand lifted" king salmon.

According to a source from Alaska Department of Fish and Game, as many as 3,000 king salmon were hand lifted over the Crooked Creek weir in recent years. As it is now, only fish less than 4 or so inches wide make it past the weir on their own.

Speaking of fish, the Kasilof River personal use set gillnet fishery opens 21 days. Thousands of Alaskans will descend on Kasilof to fish for ocean fattened, king and red salmon.

Only allotted for nine days this year, personal use fishers formerly known as subsistence users, will vie for their own single 100-foot site, all of them, in a one mile stretch of beach divided by the mouth of the Kasilof River.

Getting ready for this is busy work, but, well worth the effort. Our family looks forward to this event all year long.

The final round of community wildfire protection plan meetings for the Kasilof, Cohoe and Kenai, Kalifornsky Beach Road areas will be at 7 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School on Poppy Lane in Soldotna.

Community wildfire protection plans are not "just another plan," because individuals can provide specific information regarding wildfire mitigation for their community.

Unlike other planning efforts, you can be directly involved in the writing and development of a plan that incorporates your ideas and concerns.

For further meeting information, call Daniel Bevington at (866) 577-7496, ext. 1127, (907) 257-5000, ext. 264, or visit the Web site at www.kenai.ene.com.

Kasilof folks celebrating their birthday today are Pat Twait, Lenore Wynkoop and Keith Morris. Having a birthday this week are Jason Faucher and Amy Lambe.

If you have a birthday, event, announcement or Kasilof-related news you would like to see here, call or e-mail.

Thanks for your readership and have a nice day.

Shawna Wolk can be reached by phone at 260-3152 or by email at swolk2001@yahoo.com

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