Mike Chihuly’s story of his life is captivating—I found his book difficult to set down once I started reading it. He and his wife Shirley have lived the Alaska dream and I’m glad they have chosen to tell about it. Alaska has many incredible people like the Chihulys who have made our State home, but I’m particularly grateful for their investment in the community I’m particularly fond of—my hometown of Ninilchik. A special benefit from reading Alaska Fish and Fire is that I know many of the people in the book and learned that Shirley may be one of my distant cousins from Afognak. Very special! Pick his book up and share Mike’s emotions, whether managing fish resources, meeting challenging expectations of his charter fishing clients, fighting fires, or saving lives as a first responder. You won’t be disappointed.
Alaska Legislator & Lieutenant Governor
Ninilchik High School Class of 1968
Here is a book of authentic adventures in pursuit of Alaskan fish and game. Mike Chihuly is in love with the elements, the animals and the people he has encountered in a lifetime of hunting and fishing. He's also very sensitive about conservation. This memoir goes beyond animals and reveals relationships about Mike's parents, especially his father; wife, Shirley; and the people he encountered through fire and ambulance responses. Mike offers himself in an honest light, with flaws and a tender heart, which is the very reason his book is remarkable.
Brent Johnson has served as chairman of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee, president of Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association, on the Borough Planning Commissioner, on the Borough Assembly, as president of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, as president of Kasilof Regional Historical Association, as well as president of the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association. He worked many years for his dad and brother surveying land in the Kenai Peninsula and has been a Cook Inlet setnetter for over 50 years. Brent has written two books and collaborated in the publication of Snapshots at Statehood: A Focus on Communities that Became the Kenai Peninsula Borough.