In 2011 there were 399 elver licences. If the $40 million figure for last year's catch is accurate it means a little over $100,000 per license holder for a 2 month long season. The state should issue more licenses with smaller limits per licensee. With that much short term income available it's no wonder so many people tried top get one of those licenses. If there were 2,000 licenses, each license holder could earn $20,000 in a 2 month season assuming the catch and price remain the same.
Rep. Hickman blames turkeys for an increase in ticks. I thought turkeys and other birds ate ticks. If he eliminates turkeys he will see a huge increase in the tick population. The increased tick numbers is because of warmer winters.
All school districts should be making similar moves. It's good news any time a government employee is laid off. Other towns, counties, states and especially the federal government should be following Bethel's lead.