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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Soldotna chamber to discuss millennium trail

Ron Arnold will speak on the Iditarod National Millennium Trail at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's weekly meeting at noon today at the Riverside House. The public is invited. For more information, call the chamber at 262-9814.

Social Security rep to visit peninsula

A representative from the Social Security Administration will visit various sites on the Kenai Peninsula this week. The representative will be at the Seward council chambers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today; at Kenai City Hall from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and at the Homer Senior Citizens Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Alaska Railroad to host open house

The Alaska Railroad will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Alaska SeaLife Center, 301 Railway Ave. in Seward. The venue will provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment on a proposed program of projects for 2003.

The open house will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects. Railroad personnel will be on-hand to explain projects that are located all along the railroad system, but will focus especially on Seward-area projects such as a Seward passenger dock and intermodal improvements, track and ballast improvements, sliding improvements, bridge improvements and a collision avoidance system.

Most projects proposed in 2003 are funded by the Federal Transit Administration or the Federal Railroad Administration.

For more information on the open house, call public involvement officer Stephenie Wheeler at (907) 265-2671 or public affairs officer Pat Flynn at (907) 265-2695. Those unable to attend the open house can find project information online at Written comments can be e-mailed to or mailed to Alaska Railroad Capital Projects, P.O. Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500.

Clothes Closet open today

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center's Clothes Closet is open to the community today and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Clothes Closet offers clothing and miscellaneous items to the public at no charge.

Due to the limited number of staff to sort donations, contributed items are accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays only.

USDA rep to speak to Kenai chamber

Mitch Michaud of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, will speak to the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly meeting at noon Wednesday at Paradisos. The cost of the meeting and luncheon is $10.50, and it is open to the public. For more information, call 283-7989.

Trappers association to meet Wednesday

The Kenai Peninsula Trappers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverside House in Soldotna. The public is invited. For more information, call 262-2816.

Caregiver support group to meet

The National Family Caregiver Support Program will hold meetings this month at several peninsula locations. Meetings will include a presentation on the program and an evaluation of caregiver needs.

Meetings will be held at the Ninilchik Senior Citizen Center at 1 p.m. Friday; at the Homer Senior Citizen Center at 1 and 7 p.m. Jan. 23; at the Seldovia Tribal Center at 1 p.m. Jan. 24; and at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at 1 p.m. Jan. 30. The meeting in Kenai will include a hearing loss seminar.

For more information, call Robin Lampman or Chrystal Gomez at 262-5456 or (866) 766-8210.

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