USDA workshop slated for Monday
A USDA workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16. The workshop will provide training in how to apply for the USDA kiln-drying facilities in Alaska. There will also be discussions on future USDA funding for timber operators. For more information, call Jack Brown, Bonnie Golden or Lou Collier at 262-6355.
Health center closed for holidays
The Kenai Public Health Center immunization clinics Monday and Wednesday in Kenai and Thursday at the Elks Club in Soldotna are canceled. Hours for Monday through Friday are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the center at 335-3400.
Small business workshop to be held
The Small Business Development Center is holding a financial budget workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the SBDC office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in the Red Diamond Center. Advance reservations are required. To register, or for more information, call Lou Collier at 262-7497.
CARTS to meet Wednesday
The Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. Advisory Partners will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the CARTS meeting room on Kalifornsky Beach Road.
CARTS announces that new registrations will only be taken in the mornings, but rides can be scheduled anytime during working hours. Also, CARTS recently received its third congressional grant. For more information about these topics, call 262-8900 or attend the meeting.
Boys and Girls Club board meeting planned
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will hold their board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. The board will consider updating the private nonprofit corporation's bylaws and will hold elections for officers. Copies of the proposed bylaw changes are available for review. The public is welcome and is encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai, 1147 Frontage Road. For more information, call the Boys and Girls Club at 283-2682.
Master gardener class offered
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will present its master gardener program Thursday in Kenai and Feb. 21 in Homer. For more information, call the Cooperative Extension office at 262-5824 or (800) 478-5824.
Borough seeks committee members
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is recruiting committee members to serve on its Budget Review Committee. This committee will review the development of the 2003 budget for the district. Meeting dates will be the evening of Jan. 24 and all day Jan. 28. Application forms are due Friday and are available online at www. kpbsd.k12.ak.us, at area schools and the KPBSD main office. All applications should be submitted to Melody Douglas, chief financial officer, KPBSD, 148 North Binkley Street in Soldotna by mail, fax at 262-2309 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogical speaker to talk about cemeteries
The general membership meeting of the Soldotna Historical Society will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road, across from the airport. Guest speaker Tracy Miller of the Kenai Peninsula Totem Tracers Genealogical Society will talk about the history of Kenai Peninsula cemeteries. The meeting is open to the public, and a door prize will be awarded.
Caregiver meeting scheduled
Northcare Services and the Soldotna Senior Center will hold a support meeting for caregivers from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Soldotna Senior Center, 197 W. Park Ave. The goal of the meeting is to provide information, assistance, training and educational opportunities for anyone caring for a loved one. For more information, call 1-866-777-8210 or 262-2322.
Homer Winter Carnival gearing up
The Homer Winter Carnival Parade will be held at noon Feb. 9 starting at Homer High School and proceeding down Pioneer Avenue. The theme is "The Homer Trilogy."
The Homer Winter Carnival is scheduled for Feb. 8 through 10. Events and activities are being solicited for the carnival events calendar. Any business or organization that has an event or activity that they would like listed can fax a brief description and contact information to the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 235-8766, or call the chamber at 235-7740. The deadline for calendar submissions is Jan. 28.
Blood bank in need of donations
The Blood Bank of Alaska is experiencing an emergency shortage of blood types O negative, B positive and B negative. Additionally, there is a shortage of O positive, A negative and AB negative, and A positive is also needed. Donations can be made at the blood bank's peninsula center in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna.
Bear viewing permits open for application
Applications for permits to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary are being accepted through March 1. Applications must be sent by mail, postmarked no later than March 1 and be received in Anchorage by March 15. The nonrefundable application fee is $25 per person. Three people may apply on a single application. Approximately 250 permits will be awarded by lottery.
The bear viewing season is early June through late August. Most viewing in June is done on Mikfik Creek, where a small run of red salmon arrives early. In July and August, the bears shift to McNeil Falls to feed on chum salmon.
Regular permits are good for four days and are $150 for Alaska residents and $350 for nonresidents. Standby permits are available, but they do not guarantee access to Mikfik or McNeil Falls. Viewing is limited to 10 people a day.
Health center receives accreditation
Central Peninsula General Hospital has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology's Committee on Mammography Accreditation for the mammography system and program offered at the new Kenai Health Center at 630 Barnacle Way. For more information, call 283-4495.
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