Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2001

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 Thursday and must arrive in Anchorage by March 15. Applications cannot be accepted in person or by fax.

The nonrefundable 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

Home choice seminar to be presented

An eight-hour Home Choice seminar will be held March 5 and 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Borough Building in Soldotna. Experts will touch on several topics about home inspection and shopping for a home.

Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call (800) 459-2921.

Young women's conference slated

Soroptimist International of Twin Cities will host its sixth Young Women's Conference at 9 a.m. March 10 at the Solid Rock Bible Camp. The conference is for girls in grades six to eight. Joan Smith Miller, Olympic biathlete, is the special guest.

The emphasis of the conference is being a survivor: surviving in a sometimes harsh Alaska environment and thriving in choices made as young women. There will be many guest speakers. Cost is $10. Lunch, attendance prizes and a grand prize are included. Participants are asked to dress for outdoor activities.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Scholarships are available. Registration forms are available at local schools and River City Books in Soldotna and Good Books and More in Kenai. For more information, call Sharon Geeslin at 262-7480.

Red Cross to offer safety course

The American Red Cross will offer a community first aid and safety classes March 10 and 31. The cost is $58. Training will include first aid and adult, child and infant CPR. The course meets all OSHA and workplace requirements.

Registration is required. To preregister or for more information, call 262-4541.

Health services available in community

Reproductive health services are offered through Kenai Public Health. For more information or to make an appointment, call 283-4871. All services are free to women under 21.

Booth space available for upcoming bazaar

The Nikiski Senior Center is gearing up for its annual spring bazaar and bake sale. Tables are available for rent for $10 per day. For more information, call 776-7654.

KBEA scholarship applications available

The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for four scholarships of $500 each. The scholarships are available to all 2001 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, including public, private and home-schooled individuals.

Applications and instructions are available from any Kenai Peninsula Borough High School counselor's office, at the information desk of the borough building in Soldotna or at

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 30.

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