FYI news briefs & announcements – June 20

Learn how to properly release fish

How to properly release fish

How to properly release fish

Alaska Rep. Les Gara and the legislature worked the past year with the Department of Natural Resources to protect Alaska’s wild trout and salmon by posting signs that explain how to properly release a fish.
Some fishermen keep fish they are going to release out of the water, while they gasp for water, not air, for long periods of time. Sometimes folks let these fish flop on the bank, and then unceremoniously kick them back in the water. Those fish die.
So when you release a fish – whether the law requires it, or out of preference, you need to get that fish back in the water in a matter of seconds – not after you’re done fiddling with your line, or taking 100 pictures of a dying fish. Watch for new signage on Kenai Peninsula river banks to increase public awareness.

Micciche goes for Sen. Wagner’s seat
Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche, running against Sen. Tom Wagner for Senate seat O in the Republican primary in August, will be at the Kachemak City Community Center, mile 3 East End Road, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. There are no Democratic challengers registered for the general election. The public is welcome to an open house and question the candidate about how he can better serve the residents in Homer and Kachemak City.

Borough to receive $5 million in PILT
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that the Department of the Interior is distributing nearly $27 million to Alaska communities in compensation for taxes that could not be levied on federal lands in their jurisdictions during fiscal year 2012.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough portion is $2,466,757 for 2011 and $2,676,120 for 2012, or more than $5 million for the two years.
PILT provides monetary compensation to local governments that contain National Forests, Bureau of Land Management public lands, National Parks and other lands dedicated to water resource development projects. The revenue helps local governments provide vital services, such as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations.

Historic walking tours meet at the harbor
Historic walking harbor tours resume this season at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Meet on the Homer Spit at the Pratt Wheelhouse near the Salty Dawg. A museum docent gives tours of the historic docks of the Homer Harbor and tells stories of local history, a memorable array of local characters and boats of all types.
The Pratt also offers an ecology walk each Thursday at 6 p.m. Meet at trailhead behind the museum. A Pratt Museum docent will talk about interesting and informative forest ecology discovery. There is no fee to participate. Various education programs are taking place throughout the year at the Pratt.
For more details, go to and click on calendar of events.

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