Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007

Happy 91st birthday to Ray Blake on Aug. 8. Ray may hold the honor of being the eldest feller in the tri-communities of Kasilof, Cohoe and Clam Gulch. He has been in Cohoe 60 years.

Moose hunting season opens today and is 10 days old for bow hunting north of Kasilof River. Question if a hunter saw a huge set of antlers with many tines, would that be a tiny rack or a multined-headed monster?

Remember, a safety course is required to use bows. No instruction is necessary to use the more potent rifles.

A good rule of thumb is keep your chamber empty until you are looking at your game and never point a gun at anyone, including your foot. When your chamber barrels amber, make sure your shot can't go where people may be. Beer and bullets are like frogs and toilets, they shouldn't be together.

Howard Davis Jr. of Clam Gulch, who survived a brown bear mauling several years ago, was hospitalized after a lung biopsy caused air to leak.

Overnight his left side bloated and his voice became distorted. This is a common problem with lung biopsies. The leak was fixed with surgery through a tube and he improved to go home in a short time, the biopsy proved cancerous. Doctors are optimistic, but they do not yet know the type of cancer, nor the extent. That information will be available soon. Our concerns are with Howard.

Cohoites and Clam Gulchians may have noticed the traffic counting hose on the Sterling Highway at Mile 110.2 of the Sterling Highway (by the fire station) and a second, two-hose affair at Mile 113.2. These were part of the seasonal counts conducted annually and required by the federal government, which pays toward maintenance of the Sterling Highway. The purpose of two hoses is to discern vehicle types, it can tell the difference between multi-axle trucks and cars and also record the speed vehicles are traveling at. Such information is valuable in designing and upgrading highways.

Kasilof hay crops are kind of skimpy this year due to the cold spring and cool, rainy summer. For the lucky folks who harvested during our short shot of sunshine, the quality of their hay is excellent. Last year was a disaster because rain refused to allow drying time.

Rain and silver salmon fishing on the Kasilof River go together like Siamese twins. You should be able to get a line on dinner with a short soak. Crooked Creek opened to fishing Aug. 1 and Crooked Creek and Kasilof River are restricted to single hook, unbaited, artificial lures beginning Sept. 1. The restriction is to protect steelhead trout. Bait will continue to be allowed on Tustumena Lake, where statewide methods and means apply. The division between the "lake" and the "river" has traditionally been the boat landing at Slack Water.

Kasilof Library goes back on winter hours in mid-August. Book your visits for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2:30 to 6 p.m.

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