Though rumors had Jack Brown running for the Kasilof seat of the Borough Assembly, he is not a candidate. Jack has been in public service a long time and was a pillar of support in the Sarah Palin campaign. Back in 1993, Rep. Mike Navarre asked him to get involved with Aaron Goforth, who was protesting negative press the oil and gas industry was then receiving. Jack cued up with high English and his positive spin created Industry Appreciation Day (IAD).
"It was designed to ensure the continuation of our major industries and to make workers feel like they are wanted and that their businesses are a big part of our economy," Jack said.
Soon the commercial fishing industry caromed into the action. Kasilof is an appropriate participant. According to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, Kasilof ranks second behind Togiak as having the highest percentage of residents owning limited entry permits for communities with a population over 100. Tourism and oilfield workers also are common in Kasilof. Capitalizing on a good bank shot, the tourism industry also has become involved in IAD. 2007 was the 14th annual IAD celebration, with businesses participating that support oil and gas, commercial fishing and tourism. A couple of women, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the high-ranking politicians in Kenai for the event.
Brown stepped down from the Borough Assembly in 2001 following 14 years of service and two terms as president. He then worked as business manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Community and Economic Development Division. He moved to Cohoe in 2004 after marrying Debbie Holle. Since, he has retired and begun Alaska Berry Growers, a non-profit group focused on cultivating wild Alaskan berries and marketing them to an eager nutraceutical industry.
The orange tipped spruce tree branches, which have been prevalent for a couple weeks, are this season's pollen crop. Spruce pollen collects on lakes and the Inlet, which can sometimes be seen on calm days. Sadly, spruce pollen means summer is shading toward autumn. Of course there is a sea of nature in the middle of Kasilof. Fans may be interested in Dr. Ed Berg's Cycles of Nature class. It is taught through Kenai Peninsula College and runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 9.
Cordelia Watts (Sept 16, 1900-Feb 1997), a Kasilof pioneer, was omitted from the list of Spruce Grove Memorial Park nonagenarians honored in last week's Reflections column and Esther Rodgers' name was misspelled. Sorry about that. Presentations on the remaining 90-plus-year-old persons will depend on readers providing information agout them.
Clam Gulch, Cohoe and Kasilof residents should notify me by Tuesday night of items you want in the following Monday's Neighbors column. From benefits to birthdays and any news that you choose, give me a call or e-mail. My column is turned in on Thursdays. I'm open to witticisms and criticism, but my favorite is shocking gossip.
School has started! Remember, Dr. (Ph.D) Katy Sheridan and Dr. (DVM) Meezie Hermansen were once first-graders at Tustumena Elementary School. Students go places!
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