The Exxon Valdez lawsuit is going out with a bang. Supreme Court Justice Alito has recused himself because he owns $160,000 in Exxon stock. The remaining eight Supreme Court justices are eligible to hear the appeal. Six of them are Republican appointments. Last year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the justices of the Supreme Court are the most friendly to business that the country has had in years; an observation which may bode ill for plaintiffs. The appeal is a winner-take-all contest based on maritime law and scheduled to be decided by June. The question is whether or not shipping companies should be responsible for captain's actions. If Exxon wins, they pay with a goose egg. If plaintiffs prevail, they divvy up the largest punitive damages ever awarded. There is no middle ground.
The decision will only affect pocket books, and Kasilovians know the best books don't fit in pockets. They fit in libraries.
Speaking of libraries, Kasilof is looking for a library director to begin work Dec. 1. The position pays $8 an hour to start and is for 10 hours a week. Mail resumes to Kasilof Public Library, Box 176 Kasilof, AK 99610394-7126 or hand them to the librarian during regular hours from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Resumes must be postmarked by Nov. 15.
John Torgerson, a former state senator from Kasilof, has resigned his position as Deputy Commissioner of Aviation, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. John, who has for years displayed financial management expertise, is receiving calls from folks who are interested in hiring him. His wife, Marjorie, expects him to take a break at home for a while, though.
Roberta Wilfong, Kenai Peninsula Borough Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation manager reports, "Although we had hoped our posters, radio ads, and the smoke we generated would have generated more interest than we saw, the Cohoe Fall FireWise Festival was a success. During the past few months many loads of slash and woody debris were delivered to the site. A huge bonfire tended by Division of Forestry took care of nearly all accumulated slash. Cooperative work between Kenai Peninsula Borough, Division of Forestry, Dept. of Transportation, Kasilof Eagles, CellularOne, and volunteers continues to promote Firewise communities and increase survivability of homes. FireWise holds meetings on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Kasilof Fire Station."
I've been announcing the wrong date for the Kasilof Historical Association auction. It will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Tustumena Elementary School. Vintage pictures, an expensive new women's coat, a massage, a $100 gift certificate to Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, and many more items will go with no reserve.
Now that Paul Fischer has been seated for the eighth time, a list other Kasilof area people who have had the honor of being elected to the Borough Assembly may interest readers: Dorothy Fisler in 1967, Ray Burton Sr. in 1970 and 1973, John Torgerson in 1991 and 1992, Mike Wiley in 1994, and Debra Holle (now Brown) in 1995.
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