Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2007

The McLane Center museum, run by Kasilof Regional Historical Association (KRHA), will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. this summer. KRHA received a $2,000 grant from the Department of Education, Alaska State Museum to fund staffing for the tourist season. KRHA also planned to bring their building up to code and with the help of Borough Assemblyman Paul Fischer and peninsula legislators, a $50,000 grant for that purpose was approved by lawmakers. Unfortunately, Governor Palin put the kibosh on that plan with a veto.

Jim Truijillo operates Ed's Kasilof Seafoods, a small fish processing plant on the lower Kasilof River. He also operates a boat take out. Many guides and other fishers put their boats in at the state boat launch next to the Sterling Highway bridge. No public facility exists downstream to take boats out; an impingement made more inconvenient by the high percentage of drift boats in this section of the Kasilof River. Jim's father, Ed, bought the property in 1968 from Fred Huebsch, but the younger Truijillo is tired of operating the boat take out. He has been negotiating with the state of Alaska to sell his property. The state planned to expand the take out, which Jim has managed to maintain at unobtrusive levels of participation.

Meanwhile, residents of Satori Way wrote a petition asking that their neighborhood not be disturbed by the 400-per-day users they expect to descend on a state-owned river take-out. One hundred people signed, but only 20 to 25 were from the neighborhood in question. According to Cindy Smith, a signer of the petition, quite a few nonsigners in her neighborhood would prefer the state bought other property for this purpose. Nonsigners thought Jim should be able to do what he wants with his own property, however. The controversy was postponed when Governor Palin vetoed $3.5 million earmarked for this project.

$75,000 for a columbarium at Spruce Grove Memorial Park also went up in ashes under the governor's "don't-need-no" veto. A season of pork chops is a salty cut for blood pressure in Kasilof.

Kasilof Community Church held its ninth annual missionary garage sale June 26 through 30. More than $4,000 was raised, making it the most successful of these sales. Mary Hutchison spearheaded this year's event, as she has for many years. The money will go to former Kasilof resident and Tustumena School teacher, Peggy Dancy, who is a missionary in Africa. Funds also will go to missionaries in India who, among other services, provide shelters for elderly people.

Clam digging at Clam Gulch is taking a radical sabbatical. After offering a hundred years or more of clamming without a burp, the beaches have suddenly fetched up a famine. The mollusks are minuscule.

The personal use gillnet fishery at the mouth of Kasilof River was a bust this year, with harvests about half of the 2006 level. This fishery and a coho job in Kachemak Bay are the only personal use gillnet fisheries in the state, though subsistence and "educational" gillnet fisheries are abundant.

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4-H club seeks members

The Crooked Creek Kids 4-H Club is seeking members to join in building projects and meeting new people. For more information, meeting times and location, call Dorothy Baker at 260-9014.

Fire station open house set

The Kasilof Fire Station ribbon cutting and open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A special FireWise plaque presentation will be made to Kasilof FireWise volunteers. Fire safety, FireWise and insurance information also will be available. For more information, call CES at 262-4792.

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