Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2007

This is an election year for the Kasilof seat on the borough assembly. People interested in seeking that seat can pick up information packets at the Borough Building through Johni Blankenship at 714-2160. The filing period is Aug. 1-15.

So far Bill Holt, Mark Osterman, Fred West and Paul Fischer are names that have surfaced as possible candidates. A petition to reenact term limits may reach the ballot for the October election and could affect incumbents like Fischer.

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that providing hyperlinks to a webcast is illegal without the copyright owner's permission. Web casts give radio stations the opportunity to provide additional audio services via the Internet. Until the Texas ruling, people could go online to Kasilof radio station KWJG and connect to audio feeds provided by hyperlinks.

This ruling has taken immediate effect for these services at KWJG. Radio services are not affected, however. KWJG is a nonprofit, public station offering local programming. Dog lovers can tune in there (91.5 FM) Fridays at 2 p.m. for an hour-long show called "Just Dogs" with Faith Hays. Folk music fans might enjoy "Country Barndance" on Sundays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with Doug Johnson. KWJG airs on the "oldies" side of life with a liberal variety.

Bill and Christine Carlson's daughter, Chrystal Tandberg, is visiting them in Cohoe and showing off her 1-year-old daughter, Mariah. Chrystal grew up here and graduated from Brigham Young University, Idaho. She and her husband have been in New York at a medical internship. The Tandbergs are headed to Virginia for medical school.

The Carlsons' son, Jerod, is heading for Las Vegas for construction management.

Local volunteer fireman Robert Glick was one of four men hired recently by Central Emergency Services (CES). Unfortunately, Kasilof doesn't have many volunteer firemen. That situation can be remedied, as CES is offering courses and interested people should call John Evans, the CES training officer, at 262-4792.

News on setnetting in Kasilof isn't too good. Things have been exceedingly slow for Cohoe Beach this season. A few fish finally arrived on Kalifornsky Beach. Clam Gulch has been transitional with fishing better to the south. Ninilchik notched a fair season and all beaches are hoping for a hot August.

Driftwood is the menace of the day, unfortunately chasing many nets to the beach. The fish are fat and shinier than the price, which was cruising along in the $1.20 to $1.30 per pound range until a couple healthy harvests by drift fishers. Coupled with news of a decent harvest in Bristol Bay, the ancient law of supply and demand ran the price to 95 cents.

A new law says fish put on ice at the point of harvest taste best on the palate at the port of entry. Self-marketers, such as Cohoe-based Alaska Seafood Harvesters (ASH) have been taking advantage of the quick-ice direct market concept.

Happy 88th birthday to Ruth Johnson on July 27.

Other Kasilof news

School registration begins

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's public school's first day of classes will be Aug. 22.

Parents with students in private schools should call their school for start dates. Below is a list of dates and times for public school's registrations submitted to the Clarion that cover the Kasilof area:

Tustumena Elementary: Registration for new students will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14; and open house Aug., 30, time to be announced. For more information, call 262-4844 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Tustumena_Elementary.

Skyview High: Registration — Sophomores from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13; freshmen from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 13; any student from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14; seniors from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and juniors from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 14. For more information, call 262-7675 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Skyview_High.

Soldotna Middle: Seventh-graders — Aug. 9: Last names A through L from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; M through Z from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and any seventh-grader from 2 to 4 p.m.; Eighth-graders — Aug. 10: Last names A through L from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; M-Z from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and any eighth-grader from 2 to 4 p.m.; New students — Aug. 13 : 9 a.m. to noon; Open house — The school will hold a welcome back barbecue and open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28. For more information, call 262-4344 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

Connections Homeschool: Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, call 714-8911 or visit http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

IDEA Homeschool: Enrollment is ongoing. For more information, call 260-7551 or visit www.ideafamilies.org.

Skyview sports begin

Skyview High School will hold the following practices beginning today: Football at 9 a.m., cross-country at 3 p.m. (call coach Peterson at 260-6230) and cheerleading at 3 p.m.

Athletes will need to bring their sports physical and completed paperwork. For more information, call 262-7675.

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