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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2002

Meeting to address changes in child care rules

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center will hold a community meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kenai City Hall to discuss proposed changes to the state's regulations of child care facilities and the Child Care Assistance Program. Changes to the existing rules would require all child care providers to become licensed with the exception of those caring for related children and will change how income is evaluated when qualifying families for subsidy assistance.

WRCC Child Care Assistance Program personnel and state of Alaska representatives will be present to address questions and concerns. Parents and child care providers are welcome to attend.

Opening of health building celebrated

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and an open house at 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Cottonwood Health Center, 170 E. Coral St. in Soldotna. The health center is operated by Central Peninsula General Hospital and is dedicated to providing quality health care, regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

Healthy Communities/Healthy People and Bridges Community Resource Network are sponsoring a luncheon with Jay Livey, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, in conjunction with the open house for the Cottonwood Health Center. The luncheon will be at noon Wednesday at Mykel's in Soldotna for $10. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Tuesday by e-mail at or by phone at 260-2663.

Fish and game advisory committee to meet

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Board of Fisheries Chair Ed Dersham will attend the meeting and be available to answer questions. Discussions will be held on sport fish proposals.

Tax assistance available by appointment

Income tax assistance is available to seniors and low income families in the Homer area. Special arrangements may be made for home visits to help those who are homebound. Interested participants need to schedule an appointment on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday afternoon or an hourly appointment from 1 to 4 p.m. by calling Lori at 235-7655. Appointments will be made from Saturday through April 15.

Tax assistance will also be available at the Anchor Point Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. Call 235-7786 to make an appointment. All appointments are required to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a tax information sheet and to bring a copy of their tax return from last year, as well as any other vital paper work.

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