The Alaska Board of Game will meet in Kenai for the first time in 20 years on March 15-19. The meeting offers an opportunity for Kenai Peninsula residents to voice their opinions on several proposals that will affect hunting in area game units.
The meeting will be held in the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. They will vote on proposals, including one to suspend aerial wolf hunts, a controversial measure approved a year ago. Other proposals concern management of moose and brown bears on the Peninsula.
One would extend the season for moose hunting in Units 7 and 15. Another open the brown bear registration hunt in units 15A and 15C from April 1 to May 31 and Sept. 1 to Nov. 1. The proposal would set the bag limits to one brown bear each regulatory year in the two intensive management units, and one brown bear every four year regulatory years in all other units.
The State plans to take significant steps to improve Alaska’s highway safety corridors, including new plans for one of the state’s most fatal; the Seward Highway at Girdwood.
Serious crashes at the designated safety corridors are down 53 percent, thanks to education, enforcement, engineering and emergency services. Drivers can expect to see safety improvements along the highway this summer. Five additional slow-vehicle turnouts will be constructed at Mileposts 75, 76, 108, 111 and 115. Modification and guardrail work at Milepost 88, which is a high accident location two miles south of Girdwood, is also scheduled.
The Department of Public Safety will procure two 3-D laser measuring and mapping instruments to reduce highway closure times during accident investigations. The State of Alaska will receive approximately $150 million in federal highway funds over three years specifically designated for safety improvements.
The Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Brown Bag Lunch with City Planning’s Dotti Harness. She will talk about the Homer Sign Ordnance noon to 1 p.m. March 5 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce office. The session is open to the public.
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next Meeting will be 4:30 p.m. Monday at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Auditorium. Following the meeting Michelle Michaud will present: The Birds of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She will share her experience counting albatross nests on Midway Island for three weeks in December and January this year. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. For more information call Lani Raymond 235-9477.
District 30 Democrats will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kachemak Community Center (3 miles out East End Rd). Call Kate Finn for more information 235-5329.
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