Letters to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

20th anniversary of living on peninsula fuels letter

When I first moved to Soldotna from Eugene, one of the curious traditions I noted was how letter writers would mention their length of residency -- especially if over 20 years. I often told friends I would do that one day. That anniversary was May, hence today's letter.

I enjoyed the recent Kasilof River personal use gillnet fishery opening June 15 to June 24. We caught 23 reds June 17 and nine more June 18. We then turned the site over to fishing partners and newcomers Chris and Melissa Lopez. Now a new family can learn this valuable and interesting fishing method so important to our ancestors and now a cultural legacy for our children. How else can a person obtain a year's worth of prime protein and process the catch in as little as six hours? The secret is to wait several days -- the crowd thins out, and the fish are still there.

I certainly support this use of our salmon resources over either "catch-and-release" or commercial fishing.

My neighbor fishermen two nets down on the south beach was political candidate James Price. James is running as a member of the Republican Moderate Party to represent House District No. 34 against Republican Mike Chenault. No Democratic Party candidate is running in the race. James had success against the private prison issue and deserves a chance to go to Juneau.

Regarding the new Sterling Highway project in Cooper Landing: I support the Juneau Falls route. It will pull traffic off the Kenai River and requires only one new bridge.

Support the personal-use fishery.

Support James Prices.

Support the Juneau Falls route.

Michael Merrick

20-year peninsula resident


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