Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2002

AMVETS meeting scheduled

AMVETS and Auxiliary Post No. 4 will hold their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the post home in the Red Diamond Center. All members are urged to attend.

Kenai River quality study results given

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon will be at noon Wednesday at Paradisos Restaurant. Guest speaker Robert Ruffner of the Kenai Watershed Forum will speak about the results of the three-year Kenai River water quality study. For more information, call 283-7989.

DAV meeting date changed

The Disabled American Veterans monthly meeting date has been changed to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kenai National Guard Armory. For more information, call Glenn at 283-4359 or Bill at 776-7080.

Realtors meeting planned for Thursday

The Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors will have a general membership meeting at noon Thursday at Paradisos restaurant. Members can RSVP by fax at 262-1821.

AARP meeting Thursday

There will be an American Association of Retired Persons chapter meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Senior Center. For more information, call Archie Phelps at 262-4512 or Vivian Swanson at 260-3966.

League of Women voters to meet

The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters will hold its business meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Borough Building, Conference Room B. Lori Evans, executive editor of the Peninsula Clarion, will discuss "How Voters Can Be Better Informed" at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

SBDC workshop to be held

The Small Business Development Center will hold a workshop titled "Starting a Business -- Getting Past Go" from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the SBDC Office at the Red Diamond Center, Suite 16. The workshop is for anyone exploring the possibilities of owning and operating their own business.

Key elements in starting a business will be covered. The seminar fee is $15. To register, call SBDC at 262-7497.

Alaska Independent Blind chapter meeting slated

The monthly meeting of the Kenai Peninsula chapter of Alaska Independent Blind will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Fireweed Medical Center, 247 North Fireweed, in Soldotna. Activities will be planned for the upcoming health fair to be held in March. Anyone interested may attend. For more information, call Martha at 262-7061.

MDA to hold lock-up fund-raiser

The Alaska Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association will place some of Soldotna's most wanted and notorious citizens "behind bars for good" at the Peninsula Steak House during its annual lock-up fund-raiser Jan. 24. The citizens will serve time for one hour behind bars to raise their $1,000 bail using cell phones and air time donated to benefit MDA and more than 250 Alaska families living with neuromuscular disease.

The money raised will stay local, helping to send Alaska kids to summer camp, provide clinical services and medical equipment and ultimately find a cure for neuromuscular disease. All services are provided by MDA without cost to the families.

For more information, to learn how a business can participate in the lock-up or to volunteer, call the Alaska chapter office at 1-800-478-5683.

Change in Chugach-related phone numbers

Effective Monday, the Chugach National Forest supervisor's office, Forestry Sciences Laboratory and state and private Forestry offices in Anchorage will have new telephone and fax numbers. The Chugach National Forest supervisor's office phone number will be 743-9500, and its fax number will be 743-9476. The Forestry Sciences laboratory phone number will be 743-9400 and its fax number will be 743-9482. The state and private Forestry phone number will be 743-9455 and its fax number will be 743-9479.

Motorized use restricted on Chugach National Forest

Chugach National Forest has closed Placer River Valley and Twentymile Valley due to insufficient snow cover. There is inadequate snow cover to protect the resources. All other areas remain open.

Avalanche conditions exist. Users are asked to be cautious while in the backcountry. Backcountry users should carry avalanche equipment and know how to use it. Pay attention to posted opening and closing dates. Law enforcement agents are out and will be issuing tickets. The latest information on openings and closings in the Chugach can be found on the World Wide Web at

Areas on the Kenai Peninsula that have motorized use restrictions throughout the winter are Manitoba Mountain near lower Summit Lake, the east side of the highway at Turnagain Pass, Resurrection Pass after Feb. 15, Johnson Pass Trail on the north end to Bench Creek and West Juneau Road after Feb. 15.

For more information, call (907) 271-2500.

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