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State, Feds spar over brown bear closure on the refuge

State and federal officials squared off Monday during a public hearing on the late October closure of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge land to sport hunting for brown bear. An audience of about 50 gathered to hear the refuge representatives give the U.S.
Soldotna man, an avid Brown Bears fan, keeps unusual tradition alive

In October 2009, Soldotna's Art Karvonen went to a Kenai River Brown Bears game planning to sit in the stands and watch, just like any fan.
Assembly urges less highway clear-cutting

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, spurred by testimony from frustrated residents, approved a resolution Tuesday that requests future right-of-way clearing of trees and brush along state highways be more limited in size than that which recently occurred.
Board of Game loosens moose harvest regulations

...50-inch, four brow tine regulations that have been in place since 2011.Ted Spraker, Soldotna resident and chairman of the board, said the majority of those who testified asked the board to leave in place the restrictive regulations. Spraker...
Board of Fish declines KRSA kings petition

In a split 3-3 vote the Alaska Board of Fisheries will take no action on an emergency petition filed by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association which requested a continued closure of the East Side Setnet Fishermen in August. The board met for the second time in a week to discuss a series of emergency petitions requesting action on commercial fishing in the Cook Inlet.
A response on past fishery management

From Voices of the Peninsula, Aug. 20, "Sometimes Fisheries Must Change with the Times," I offer some timely rebuttal. Commercial fishermen were limited to protect the resource on the heels of the same laws introduced in Washington and Oregon. The law was also enacted to ensure that permit holders could earn a livelihood. Guides remain unlimited. Dipnetters remain unlimited. Charters are now limited, somewhat. Area H extends from Seward to Susitna. If the permit card spoke it would say salmon, all species!
Board of Game to meet in Kenai

The Alaska Board of Game will meet in Kenai for the first time in 20 years March 15-19.
Potlatch held to honor incoming Doyon president

NENANA (AP) -- A potlatch held to honor the incoming president of Doyon was a chance for the people of Nenana to rejoice.
Way Out Women ride again!...

It was last October when Kathy Lopeman started organizing the 8th Annual Way Out Women (WOW) ride to benefit local patients on the Peninsula battling cancer. Delova Garcia otherwise known as "Mama Smurf" was the first to sign up and she was followed by race time by another 109 ladies and their sleds that raised nearly $76,000 for the cause. The ladies arrived with their machines and support cabana boys Saturday, February 25th at Freddie's Road House 15 miles way out Oil Well Rd. in Ninilchik and 16 miles from nowhere. "The Way Out Women have come through once again
Travel waivers granted to fish board chair

Last February, before the 2011 Upper Cook Inlet meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries in Anchorage, member Karl Johnstone requested and was granted a waiver of state rules prohibiting the payment of travel expenses within the community of residence. Johnstone, who has a home off Potter Valley Road in Anchorage, asked then-board Executive Director Jim Marcotte to request the waiver because it was not "practical" for him to drive back and forth to his home during the two-week meeting.


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