Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ice fishing derby going on now

The ice fishing derby runs from Feb. 1 until Feb. 28, with a kick-off event scheduled for Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Sport Lake. The event includes demonstrations, hot dogs, a campfire, and an underwater viewing station. For more information call 907-262-4655.

Soldotna little league registration available

Registration for Soldotna little league is available at

The league is also conduction clinics at Soldotna Middle School every Monday from now until spring break. The clinics are for ages 9 and up and run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information contact Jerry at 398-7850

Doctor of Pharmacy program info session

University of Alaska Anchorage's Kenai River Campus will hold an interactive video session about a new Doctor of Pharmacy program on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 203. Local pharmacist Amber Briggs will be available to answer questions. UAA and the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions have formed a partnership that reserves five seats for first-year University of Alaska students or Alaska residents who meet eligibility and admission requirements. The University of Alaska will provide coordination with Creighton for the Alaska program, though students will apply to, be enrolled in and earn degrees from Creighton University. The deadline for application is March 1 for fall 2011. For more information, visit UAA's Allied Health Sciences website at: and the Doctor of Pharmacy Distance Pathway-Alaska Residents website of Creighton University.

Soldota Equestrian awards and chili

The Soldotna Equestrian Association is having their awards event and chili cook-off on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Elks Lodge. The cost is $2 per person at the door. Donations of desserts are needed for the chinese dessert auction. Attendees, members and non-members alike, are asked to bring a dish based on the first letter of their last name: A-G -- bread/corn bread; H-N -- veggie tray; O-U -- fruit tray; V-Z -- chips. Contact Mike Ashwell at 283-6037 for more information.

Ice fishing tourney supports wrestlers

The second annual Island Lake Ice Fishing Tournament in North Kenai takes place Saturday at Island Lake. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Island Lake Public Access. Derby entry fees are $15 for ages 15 and younger and $20 for ages 16 and older. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories for Largest Dolly Varden, Largest Rainbow, and smallest fish. All proceeds support the Nikiski High School Wrestling Team.

Legislators hold constituent call on Thursday

Central Peninsula legislators Sen. Tom Wagoner, Rep. Mike Chenault and Rep. Kurt Olson will hold their regular constituent meeting via teleconference on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main S.t Loop #217, Kenai. For information call 283-2030.

Public offices commission explains itself

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is having a series of workshops on their regulations. Each will begin with an explanation of the changes in the proposed regulations followed by time for questions from attendees. The workshops will be held by teleconference in Juneau, but people can participate from other locations. There will be a video conference Anchorage and participants in other locations can call 1-800-315-6338, code 4176 followed by the pound sign # and then the number 1.

The workshops are as follows:

February 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Regulation of lobbying, procedures and general provisions.

February 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Legislative and public official financial disclosure, procedures and general provisions.

February 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Campaign disclosure, procedures and general provisions.

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.

Winter birding workshop

The Kenai Birding Festival Winter Workshop is Friday and Saturday. Participants will learn about winter birding and wildlife watching on the Kenai. New and experienced birders are welcome. The event is free. Visit for more information and a schedule of events.

Soldotna Historical Society meets

The general membership meeting of the Soldotna Historical Society will be held on Saturday 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.

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