Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

EDD to host workshop

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Community and Economic Development Division will host a USDA workshop today from 10 a.m. to noon at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16. This workshop will provide training in how to apply for the USDA kiln-drying facilities in Alaska, and there also will be discussion on future USDA funding for timber operators.

For more information, call Jack Brown, Bonnie Golden or Lou Collier at 262-6355.

Swim team tryouts planned

The Soldotna Silver Salmon swim team will hold team tryouts today and Jan. 14. For more information, call Sohail Marey at the pool at 262-7419 or at home at 262-1506.

School board meets today

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets today in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public. People are encouraged to come to an informal open forum to share concerns with school board members and administrators. It begins at 7 p.m. in conference rooms A and B. The regular board meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The school board agenda includes items relating to employee contract negotiations, staffing levels and the certified diploma. Agendas are available at the meeting or the district's Web site at

Online dividend applications available

Online applications are available today for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. The online application system is not available for first-time applicants, applicants who were ineligible last year, Alaskans who were out of state for more than 90 days in 2001 and Alaskans who are not in the state on the day they file. Because of the additional documentation required, these people will need to submit paper applications.

All online applicants must have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen and have a printer accessible. The Web site for online applications is

Health center hours temporarily changed

The Kenai Public Health Center hours from today until Friday are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Immunization clinics for today and Wednesday in Kenai and Thursday at the Elks Club in Soldotna are canceled. For more information, call 335-3400.

PFLAG meeting scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula chapter of Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 283-4678 and leave a message.

Chamber meetings resume after holidays

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will meet Wednesday at noon at Paradisos restaurant in Kenai. Gen. Stephen Korenek, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, and Wayne Rush of emergency services will discuss homeland security. For more information, call 283-7989.

SBDC workshop slated

The Small Business Development Center will hold a workshop Wednesday at the SBDC office in the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16, on Kalifornsky Beach Road from 1 to 4 p.m. The workshop will counsel small business owners on cash flow budgets and financial statements. Advance reservations are required. For more information, call Lou Collier at 262-7497.

CARTS meeting planned

The Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. Advisory Partners will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the CARTS meeting room on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 262-8900.

RC and D to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development District will hold its annual meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. at 110 Trading Bay Drive, Suite 160, in Kenai. Representatives from unincorporated communities of Sterling and Funny River will share success stories. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 283-7493, ext. 106.

Gardening program begins

The Master Gardener Program, sponsored by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will begin Thursday in Kenai and Feb. 21 in Homer. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula District at 262-5824 or (800) 478-5824.

Boys and Girls Club board meeting scheduled

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will hold its annual board of directors meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the club building at 11247 Frontage Road in Kenai. The board will consider updating the bylaws and hold new officer elections. Copies of the proposed bylaw changes are available for review. For more information, call 283-2682.

School budget review committee seeks members

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking members for the Budget Review Committee to consider the development of the budget for the fiscal year 2003. Meeting dates will be the evening of Jan. 24 and all day Jan. 28.

Applications are due Friday to Melody Douglas, chief financial officer, at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna or via e-mail to Forms are available from the Internet at, at area schools or at the district's main office.

Historical society membership meeting slated

The annual general membership meeting of the Soldotna Historical Society will be Saturday at the Kenai River Center Building on Funny River Road. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and be followed by a lecture by Tracy Miller of the Kenai Peninsula Totem Tracers Genealogical Society on the history of peninsula cemeteries.

SS administration to visit area

The Social Security administration for Alaska will visit the Kenai Peninsula Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in city council chambers in Seward, Jan. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at city hall in Kenai and Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the senior citizens center in Homer.

The administration also will be on the peninsula Feb. 12, 13 and 14 and March 12, 13, 14 at the same locations and times for each city.

Fund-raiser planned for MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Alaska will place some of Soldotna's most notorious citizens "behind bars" at the Peninsula Steak House Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise money for the association.

Citizens in lock-up will serve one hour raising a $1,000 bail. Fore more information on how your business can participate or to volunteer, call (800) 478-5683.

Town and Gown banquet slated

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will hold the 25th anniversary Town and Gown Awards Banquet "A Salute to Our Unsung Community Heroes" Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Tickets are available through the 2002 Kenai chamber board. For more information, call 283-7989.

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