Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2007

The new telephone number for the Cohoe/Kasilof Firewise Slashsite is 830-4954.

Kasilovians might want to take a moment to remember the passing of two wonderful citizens, Jane Rusk and John McGarry.

Frank and Jane Rusk were close friends with Jeanne and George Jackinsky. According to Jeanne, "They were great people and really fun to be around." Jane was a second lieutenant army nurse and served overseas in World War II. Everyone who knew Frank mentions his genius for craftsmanship.

The Rusks built a fine log home overlooking Falls Creek. Frank made a fireplace in the wall between two rooms. It had a system for heating water and, also, a turret of sorts, allowing either room to access the fireplace.

The house has passed through several owners, including Robert and June Murray, who were the proprietors of Corea Bar (now Que' Ana Bar). Gus Wiley is the current owner of the old Rusk place. The Rusks also had a setnet site in Clam Gulch. Jim Brindley bought it from them and sold it to Dick and Molly Musgrove. About three years ago the Musgroves sold the site to Wayne and Heidi Wong. The Rusks are fondly remembered among the seasoned folks at Kasilof Community Church (KCC).

John "Grandpa" and Louise McGarry followed some of their children to the peninsula, building in Kasilof in 1984. John, a World War II vet, was a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber. John is remembered for baking delicious cookies, attending school or sporting events to watch his grandchildren, and for having really nice kids; Jack, Jerry, Mary Jo and Patricia. The McGarrys also are remembered at KCC, providing a smile to the lucky folks with them in their thoughts.

The new addition to the front of Tustumena Lodge is the Snack Shack. It has been up and running for about a month and is open 24-7 through the summer. Tustumena Lodge is home of the famous 22,000 hats collection, which, according to the Guinness World Book of Records, is the most numerous of its kind. Rumors have the hats up for sale soon, so if you haven't seen them, you better bring your blinkers by.

The new fire station and Tustumena Elementary School are recent benefactors to Enstar's ever-expanding gas lines. The world is at least a quart low on oil, but gas is on the rise. Clam Gulch, Cohoe and Kasilof are among the areas providing gas to lines of customers basking in the warmth of the azure flame.

I talked to fishing guide Bob Ball, and he said that king salmon are a primary focus for him. He said the first run, which consists of Crooked Creek kings, was late. The second run, which spawns in the main-stem Kasilof River, "Was real good." Bob noted how much the "terminal fishery" had hurt his business in 2005 and 2006. He appreciated the Alaska Department of Fish and Game management this year. They didn't use the terminal area until the sockeye count was about to exceed its goal.

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