Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2001

Environmental monitoring committee meets

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's Environmental Monitoring Committee will meet at 10 a.m. today in Kenai. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 283-7222 or (800) 652-7222.

Homer shot clinic hours change

Effective today, the Tuesday immunization clinics at the Homer Health Center will be from 1 to 4 p.m. only. Evening clinics are canceled until further notice. For more information, call the Homer Public Health Center at (907) 235-8857 or (800) 770-8857.

Volunteers' group to discuss objectives

The United Nations has proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers with the premise that an increased number of people are needed to offer their services as volunteers in the economic, cultural, social, humanitarian and peace-building fields. The three objectives of IYV 2001 are: increased recognition of volunteers and volunteer contributions; increased facilitation of local, national and international networking; and the promotion of volunteerism.

An International Year of Volunteers meeting will be held at 3 p.m. today at the CARTS office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna.

The group will discuss different ways to meet the IYV objectives at a local level. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Emily Aley at the Women's Resource and Crisis Center at 283-9479.

Choirs sing in concert tonight

The annual Kenai Peninsula Borough School District High School Mass Choir Festival is today. The community is invited to a free concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Individual choirs from Homer, Soldotna, Nikiski, Seward, Skyview and Kenai Central high schools will perform, followed by the mass choir. Guest conductor is Dr. Jonathan Hirsh of Smith College in Massachusetts.

Chorus seeks new voices

The Soldotna Community Chorus is looking for members. The chorus meets Tuesdays in the Soldotna Middle School Music Room. The children's chorus meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with adults meeting from 8 to 9 p.m. No experience is necessary; beginners are welcome. It is sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools. For more information call 262-6768.

School district starts public budget review

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a series of community meetings to inform parents and other interested community members about next year's school budget, pending teacher layoffs and program cuts. Preliminary budget figures show a $1.9 million gap to be bridged by cuts.

The first meeting will be tonight at Soldotna High School. Subsequent meetings will be Wednesday at Seward High School, Thursday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, Feb. 12 at Kenai Central High School and Feb. 13 at Homer High School. All the meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the school libraries. Everyone is encouraged to attend and offer suggestions.

Cooper Landing fish and game group to meet

The Cooper Landing Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today at the community ambulance hall. The annual election of members will be held, and it is an opportunity for people to comment and vote on hunting and trapping proposals for the spring Board of Game meeting in March.

Federal subsistence and state fisheries proposals for Upper Cook Inlet also are on the agenda. It is open to the public. For more information, call Sherry Wright at (907) 279-2354 or Bill Stockwell at (907) 595-1540.

Entrants sought for contest

The Showin' Off the Kids lip sync and choreography contest, sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools, is looking for entrants from kindergarten to eighth grade. The deadline for applications is Wednesday. The contest will be held on Feb. 22. For more information, call 262-6768.

Plants, China featured in talk

The Central Peninsula Master Gardeners will present "A Journey to China Collecting Seeds" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Teena Garay, a well-known alpine perennial plant enthusiast, recently returned from collecting plant seeds in rural China. She will present a slide show, discuss alpine perennials and talk about her trip to China.

Admission is $2. Refreshments will be available.

Slide show slated at historical meeting

The Kasilof Historical Society will meet Thursday at Tustumena School. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7. The group will have a representative of the Kenaitze Indians giving a slide presentation on Dena'ina history and culture. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 262-2439.

Healthy Communities meeting slated

Health Communities-Health People Steering Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bridges Community Resource Network in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-1831.

Gebhardt fund-raising event Friday

Paul and Evy Gebhardt will hold their annual Iditarod fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

There will be hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar and an auction that includes many unique Iditarod memorabilia pieces. Hear tales from Paul's second-place finish in the 2000 Iditarod Dog Sled Race.

For more information or to donate to the auction, call Evy at 262-5057.

State archery championships this weekend

The National Field Archery Association's indoor state championships will be 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at John's Bow Shop near the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information, call 260-4957.

Bush educator will speak at Kenai Historical Society

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Kenai Community Library. Speaker will be Margaret Menting, who spent the last 13 years as teacher and principal in the Lower Kuskokwin School District. She worked at Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, at Nightmute and at Newtok. She retired last June and is back living full time in Kenai. The public is welcome to all historical society meetings.

Red Cross offers class

The American Red Cross will offer a community first aid and safety class Saturday and Feb. 24. The class includes first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, infants and children. It meets OSHA and workplace requirements.

Cost is $58. Preregistration is required.

Bear viewing applications available

Applications are now available for permits to view brown bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1 and must arrive in Anchorage by March 15. Applications cannot be accepted in person or by facsimile.

The non-refundable application fee is $25 per person. Three people may apply on a single application. Approximately 250 permits will be awarded by lottery.

The bear viewing season is early June through late August. Regular permits are good for four days and are $150 for Alaska residents and $350 for nonresidents. Standby permits are available but they do not guarantee access to Mikfik or McNeil Falls. Viewing is limited to 10 people a day.

Applications may be obtained at any Alaska Department of Fish and Game office or may be downloaded from the Fish and Game Web site at:

Charter school to conduct lottery

Aurora Borealis Charter School will conduct an enrollment lottery April 10.

Applications and copies of the enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the school office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All enrollment application must be delivered in person to the school office no later than 4 p.m. March 16. The results will be posted at the school April 16.

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