Friday, October 22, 2021

Upon arriving in Anchorage, Mike Chihuly's father immediately began to drag him all over Alaska fishing, hunting, and trapping, with a you're-on-your-own parenting mentality. Mike has spent his last 60 years in Anchorage, Interior Alaska, Kenai Peninsula, and Wood River Lakes of Southwest Alaska. He was educated at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he met Shirley, the love of his life. Mike was appointed to the Alaska State Board of Fisheries by Governor Steve Cowper, employed as a professional fisheries biologist for state and private business, owned and operated a Cook Inlet fishing guide business, and volunteered as an EMT, firefighter, and Fire Chief for Ninilchik Emergency Services. He has written numerous local and national magazine and newspaper articles about topics that range from hunting with bird dogs to the challenges of operating a small rural fire service in Alaska. Mike is retired and lives in Ninilchik, his home for the last 33 years.