Down in Juneau, the House Resources Committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow to consider Gov. Sarah Palin's appointments to the Board of Fisheries.
All the hubbub is over one Brent Johnson.
The idea of a Cook Inlet commercial salmon fisherman taking a spot on the seven-member board has sportfishermen in a lather.
An outfit called the Cook Inlet Sportfishing Caucus ran a half-page ad in the sports section of Sunday's Anchorage Daily News urging people to tell their legislators to vote against Johnson's appointment.
The ad features a big fish labeled "Commercial" gobbling up a minnow labeled "Sport."
The ad has three names on the bottom: Phil Cutler, Bruce Knowles and Bob Penney.
On Monday the "friends of Brent Johnson" ran their own quarter-page ad saying in part: "We believe that you will find Brent a very real guy, a regular Alaskan open to your ideas, beliefs and wishes."
People tell me this appointment is so hot that someone is paying for a telephone survey to drum up opposition to Johnson.
Yep, it's always a brawl between the commercial and sport guys in Cook Inlet, isn't it?
The Legislature is scheduled to vote on the appointment Thursday. Let's see if Johnson survives.
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