Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Soldotna Historical Society meets

The general membership meeting of the Soldotna Historical Society will be held Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road, in Soldotna. After a brief business meeting, Alan Boraas, a Kenai Peninsula College anthropology professor, will give a talk titled "The Russian Coal Mine at Port Graham and the End of Russian America." The public is welcome to attend. For information call Barbara Jewell at 262-4157.

Soldotna library supporters meet

Friends of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna will be holding a general membership meeting on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. The public is welcome. It is time to renew membership for 2011 and prepare for fundraising for the library expansion. Refreshments will be served.

AARP holds driver training

AARP will hold a Driver Safety Class at the Gilman River Center on Funny River Road on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is open to the public. To register or for information call Jim at 260-4904.

Gardening class begins today

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is offering a master gardening class this winter for gardeners of all skill levels. Class topics will include composting, mulching, pesticides, green houses, raised beds and basic entomology, and more. The class begins today. For a complete schedule and registration information, call 262-5824.

Wrestlers host fishing derby

The Nikiski High School wrestling team will hold an Ice Fishing Derby Fundraiser on Feb. 5 at Island Lake in Nikiski. Registration and sign-in starts at 9:30 a.m. and lines go in the water at 10 a.m. Prizes include a gas powered ice auger donated by Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna, and much more. Derby tickets are $15 for ages 15 and under and $20 for ages 16 and above. Prizes awarded in both age categories for largest Dolly Varden, largest rainbow, and smallest fish.

Grange meeting set

The Slikok Creek Grange will hold its monthly meeting at Mugz Coffee House in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Potluck will be at 6:30 p.m., and the regular meeting at 7 p.m. We encourage families, 4-H folks and anyone interested in agriculture, sustainiaility, gardening and/or any community related subjects to join us. We would like to see this old and established grass roots organization take on a new face to better serve our community. For more information call Linda Price-Albers at 398-8321.

Fish and Game ice fishing for kids coming up

The Division of Sport Fish Aquatic Education Program annual ice fishing event is scheduled for Feb. 10. The event is open to Upper Kenai Peninsula Borough School District classrooms that are participating in ADF&G's "Salmon in the Classroom" program. The event will be held at Longmare Lake Public Access from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students will learn ethical angling practices, such as proper techniques for harvest and catch-and-release. Holes are pre-drilled, and ice fishing rods and tackle are provided. Longmare Lake is stocked with rainbow trout and landlocked coho salmon. For more information, contact Jenny Cope at 907-260-2930 or 907-262-9368.

Fish and Game advisory board meets

The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will tentatively meet Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at the NERRS building to continue discussion of UCI BOF proposals, and prepare comments on BOG proposals. For more information contact Marvin Peters at 235-2468.

Volunteers needed at Triumvirate

The Triumvirate Used Bookstore is looking for adult volunteers to work three hours per week at the bookstore in the Peninsula Center Mall, Tuesday through Saturday, from either noon to 3 p.m. or 3 to 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed for organizing and shelving books and totaling sales. No heavy lifting is required. For more information call Rosie Reeder at 262-7993. The bookstore supports the Triumvirate Theatre in the same location.

Recipes wanted

The Clarion is seeking recipes to include in its Wednesday Food section. Send recipes to, fax them to 283-3299 or drop them by the office at 150 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai. Name, address, contact number and brief description of how you came up with or came by the recipe is needed. For more information, call 283-7551 or e-mail

Nominations needed now

The BP Teacher of Excellence program is seeking nominations by Feb. 14. Go to, or, for additional information call Dawn at: 1-888-530-8962 or 907-564-4001.

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