Please accept my apologies for misspelling Margaret Staggenborg last week.
Musher and setnetter Tim Osmar had surgery on his badly fractured leg. The bones were in such a jumble the doctors did like any good mechanics would, they pieced it together but had some parts left over. Tim is fighting an infection and it is imperative to keep that under control.
Dee Dee Jonrowe and Kasilof musher Jon Little got a fundraiser going. The same thing was done for Jonrowe when she discovered she had breast cancer. Tim's health insurance is at sea level. So far $4,800 has been donated to an account set up for Tim at Wells Fargo Bank. Lots of cash-strapped Kasilofers have given goods. For instance, Karl Kircher gave Tim a new net and Kasilof Riverview gifted $250 worth of gas. If all goes well, Tim will be back on his feet in late fall and back on a sled in December.
Dr. Everett Wilson, former dean of science at Sam Houston University, is in town. He is a friend and guest of Kasilof resident Dr. David Horne. Both men drift fished for many years in Cook Inlet but have since retired. Former Cohoe Loop resident Christopher Johnson is married to Wilson's daughter, Denise. Wilson has visited Kasilof every summer for about 25 years.
Please remember Bobby Bush Jr., 41, grandson of Kasilof pioneer, Frank Bush. Bobby died July 12.
Jonathon and Indira Maraj of India are visiting Kasilof. They are missionaries who sometimes swing through this neck of the woods. They do so partly because Jim Lawler gives them rides to the vast array of Alaska in his airplane. Jim has an airfield on Crooked Creek Road that a handful of friends use. The Marajs recently gained widespread respect and word has it that Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, is assisting the Maraj ministry. Jim will fly them to White Mountain, a village on the Seward Peninsula. Jim also sometimes flies cargo for missionary aviation. The aviators who come and go at his airstrip are an informal lot. A set of floats once showed up at his place and camped there for 10 years. When the floatless flier finally remembered where he left them, he sent his son to pick them up.
Kasilof Eagles Club is sponsoring the second annual Kasilof king salmon fishing derby. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Cohoe Cove. For more information, call 262-1939. On Aug. 1 the Eagles will feature a pig roast to climax the derby. The Eagles also hold a brunch Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their lodge on the intersection of Jason Street and North Cohoe Loop.
The Kasilof Historical Association sells pies at the brunch and the Eagles host a tie-dye party once a month.
"We're a bunch of '60s hippies," secretary Nancy Kitchens explained.
The Eagles president is Mike Merlo. Their annual barbecue comes up Labor Day weekend.
Alcoholics Anonymous uses the lodge for meetings on certain Wednesdays.
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Hiebers add on
Rayah Haven Hiebers
Charine and Anthony Hieber of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Rayah Haven, at 7:19 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2007, at Woman's Way Midwifery in Soldotna.
She weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces.
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