Maj. Gen. Phil Oates holds a public meeting in Soldotna Friday to learn how dismal Cook Inlet sockeye salmon returns have hurt Kenai Peninsula families.
Oates, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and head of Gov. Tony Knowles' Disaster Policy Cabinet, plans to land Friday in Kenai at 8:30 a.m. He will bring Dave Liebersbach, director of the Division of Emergency Services, and Robert Bosworth, deputy commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game, according to the office of Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer.
Oates, Liebersbach and Bosworth will be at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building, 144 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna, from 10 a.m. until roughly 3 p.m. to meet with commercial fishers, processors, owners of fishing-related businesses and anyone hurt by the failure of the sockeye run.
"He wants to hear how bad it is, so he can go back to the disaster cabinet and say, this is how it is, and this is what we need to do about it," said Kerre Martineau, information officer for the state's fishery disaster response program.
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