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Like father, like son: Two sons help rebuild the same fish pass their fathers built


August 23, 2018

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

From left to right: John Pickens' wife Candace Pickens, Lane Bagley, Steven Bagley, Rob Miller, Chuck Najimy and Cal Najimy pose with the plaque that will commemorate the late John Pickens at the Mitchell Creek fish pass.

In the summer of 1992, the Student Conservation Association sent six interns to Kupreanof Island to build a fish pass. Two of the interns, Lane Bagley and Chuck Najimy, soon became fast friends. Twenty-six years later, their sons, with the SCA helped rebuild the same fish pass that their fathers built.

Like their fathers, Steven Bagley and Cal Najimy created a bond over the weeks from working, living and fishing together. Plus, both had grown up hearing the same stories about their fathers’ time spent on an island in Southeast Alaska.

“We became friends almost instantly,” said Cal N...

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