Kasilof Community News

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2007

I was wrong last week about orange-tipped spruce limbs. They aren't tinted pollen producers. According to ecologist Ed Berg, spruce pollen comes from male spruce cones. He says orange needles on the end of evergreen branches are often caused by a fungus that infests spruce limbs and Labrador tea.

The fungus is nicknamed "rust" and is not related to the golden dust floating in various bodies of water. That is spruce pollen of a similar color, which is broadcast in the springtime, but wafts about on lakes and ponds till fall.

The Kasilof Regional Historical Association (KRHA) will show the movie "The Run" at Tustumena Elementary School on Thursday at 7 p.m. The movie was made by Mike Letzring, who lived on Pollard Loop and graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1975. He also graduated from the Brooks Institute in California and eventually returned to Alaska where he went to work for KAKM Television.

"The Run" documents Cook Inlet salmon in historical and political settings. Mike has won two Emmy awards in the field of documentaries, as well as winning the 2005 Alaska Broadcaster's Association award. Al Hershberger will operate the CD and TV which were recently purchased for $5 at auction. Mike's father, Dave, was the happy bidder.

Speaking of KRHA, they are sponsoring a Meet the Candidate forum for Bill Holt and Paul Fischer, who are running for the Kasilof seat on the Borough Assembly. It will be Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Location (fire station or school) will be announced next week pending a decision by the borough about whether or not KRHA is "political." I'll moderate the event. KRHA is not endorsing either candidate.

Kasilof River Road across from Spetz Ave. is being rebuilt by the borough. The old road was put in about 1969 and went to Andy and Ruby Taylor's house.

Later, the Irv Evenson family bought property that the unplatted road crossed. So they got permission to move the road to a section line easement, provided they built an equal or better road. After clearing the easement, however, they ran out of motivation.

Then fell the flood of 2002. It washed out part of the old road and river bank. The borough looked at the damage and decided it was not a good thing to have a road and river share shoulders. Since hazard mitigation applied, Gary Davis, head of the Borough Roads Department, wrote a grant asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for money to move the road. If approved, FEMA typically awards 115 percent of the funding deemed necessary. Gary got $180,000 and feels like the project is coming along fine. Rises in fuel prices have pushed most construction costs up significantly since the time the grant was written.

With global warming you best put up a lightning rod. Bob and Liz Corriea had none when a cloud bolt struck their property on Tustumena Lake Road recently. Their computer got juiced and now has amnesia.

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