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Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2005

Public comment sought

The Department of Environmental Conservation will hold workshops to solicit public comments on the updated Alaska food code.

The proposed changes include an enhanced food safety program and active managerial control (AMC). The AMC requires food establishments to have standard operating procedures and a self- assessment process to be conducted by trained and certified food protection managers and food handlers.

The workshop is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. today in the assembly chambers in the Borough Building in Soldotna.

The DEC is taking public comment until 5 p.m. March 15. For more information, call Kimberly Stryker at (907) 269-7583 or visit

Retirement set for Harris

The LeeShore Center staff and board members will host a retirement party for June Harris from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the center at 325 S. Spruce St. in Kenai.

Harris has been with the agency for more than 20 years. It is open to the public.

Fish and Game to meet

The Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today in the council chambers for election of officers, a report of UCI-Board of Fish meeting, to prepare comments for the Southcentral Board of Game proposals and other business. For more information, call Jim McCracken at (907) 224-3701.

Quilt exhibit scheduled

The third annual Kenai Quilt Exhibition will be held from Feb. 28 through April 8 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Exhibitors may enter up to three pieces. Entries can be quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and polar fleece. The entry deadline is Friday. Entry forms are available at the Kenai Fabric Center, Robin's Place Fabrics, Quilts Kits Alaska and the center. For more information, call Dana Woodard at 283-1991.

Refuge plans winter fun day

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a Family Winter Fun Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the visitors center. Activities will include outdoor family games and indoor rafts. Also guided snowshoe activities for upper elementary students and their parents will be offered at 11 a.m.

Preregistration for the snowshoe event is required. The refuge will provide snowshoes. All activities are free. For more information, call Nicole Johnson at 262-7021.

Event offers appetizing evening

The Winter Wine Event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Six gourmet appetizer courses will be complimented by wines throughout the evening. This social evening and auction is a fund-raiser for Hospice of the Central Peninsula. To purchase tickets, call 262-0453 or stop by the hospice office behind U-Haul in Soldotna. The event generally sells out early.

Historical society to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant. The topic will be "Moose stories from the past." Loretta and Jerry Moore will tell about Butch, the moose at Sportsman's Lodge where it mooched handouts; Al Hershberger will discuss Maggie, who dropped by every morning for a breakfast treat. It is open to the public.

Ferry service highlights agenda

The Kachemak Bay State Parks Citizens Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the Island and Ocean Visitors Center in Homer. The board will address concerns regarding the proposed Kachemak Bay Fast Ferry Service between Seldovia and Homer. A representative from Seldovia is scheduled to attend to outline the status and answer questions. For further information, call District Ranger Roger MacCampbell at (907) 235-7024 or Mako Haggerty, board chair, at 235-9005.

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