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 today 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: www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/FISH.GAME/wildlife.wildmain.htm.
Borough office to conduct siren test
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency Management will conduct its alert siren test today at noon. This test is conducted the first Thursday of each month unless it's a holiday.
For more information, call 262-4910.
Blood Bank celebrates two-year anniversary
The Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center is celebrating its two-year anniversary today. A three-day open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. today and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be cake and punch as well as door prizes.
The Blood Bank is located upstairs in the Soldotna Blazy Mall.
Gold prospectors to meet Thursday
The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its meeting at the Kenai Moose Lodge at 7 tonight.
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Roy at 252-6542.
Boys and Girls Clubs plan reading activities
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will celebrate the Fourth Annual Read Across America Day Friday. Guest readers will be on hand from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Kenai branch clubhouse in the old Kenai Elementary School building. The day, which celebrates literacy and reading to children, coincides with the birthday of the late Theodor Geisel, better known to generations of book lovers as Dr. Seuss.
Friday is also the due date for registrations for the clubs' Youth of the Year Competition.
For more information, call Kim Lee at 283-2682.
Librarian workshop slated for Saturday
A workshop on "Online Resources and Effective Searching" will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Library. Presenting the workshop will be Gail Junion-Metz, the columnist of "The Librarian's Internet."
There will be a one-hour graduate credit available for $60, payable at the workshop. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, call 283-4378 or 262-1023.
Talent show planned in Nikiski
The annual Nikiski Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. Talent of all ages will be presented. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors or $18 per family. All proceeds benefit the Nikiski High music program.
For more information, call 776-3456.
Foreign exchange hosts gourmet dinner
The central peninsula chapter of AFS, the world's largest and oldest international student exchange program, will hold its 21st annual fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Angels Church at 225 S. Spruce Street in Kenai.
The dinner will include gourmet, home-cooked food from the home countries of this year's area exchange students.
The dinner is an opportunity to meet foreign students studying in area schools, Alaska students who have studied abroad and adult volunteers with information about hosting or becoming a foreign exchange student.
Tickets cost $15 each. They are available from exchange students, at the Kenai Vision Center at 110 S. Willow St. in Kenai or by phoning 283-7575.
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 www.borough.kenai.ak.us.
Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 30.
Center to provide for those in need
The Independent Living Center will put together a Community Closet to provide those with disabilities with equipment at a low cost. The center is looking for donations of wheelchairs, walkers and equipment for vision and hearing impairments.
If you would like to donate or want more information, call Cheri or Laurel at 262-6333.
Rotary club in need of computers
The Soldotna Rotary Club is looking for donations of used computers with a Pentium or equivalent processor. These computers will be refurbished and used to supply Rotary International Programs.
To donate, call Joe Kashi at 262-4604 or Tom Boedeker at 283-7608.
SPCA warns of possible horse lice
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the Kenai Peninsula, Inc. would like to let all equine owners to be aware of the following: if a horse is scratching, rubbing, shows hair loss, or biting there is a good possibility that it is lice.
It's not just in the spring and summer, but lice is sometimes encountered this time of year as well. There have been four verified cases on the Kenai Peninsula.
The SPCA would also like to warn of the possibility of rain-rot. Before equine owners begin dusting, make certain of what the horse may have.
If owners notice any of these signs listed above, please contact Dr. Jerry Nybakken (260-5850), or the SPCA (262-8800).
Connections meetings start today
Connections will hold a series of informational meetings for developing an educational program that best meets the needs of your children. The program combines elements of home school and cyber school with conventional public school opportunities into an individualized educational experience. The program wants to learn and implement successful, home-based educational programs and ideas.
The director of the Connections Program will meet in eight communities as follows:
* Today, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai;
* Friday, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Nikiski Senior Center;
* Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. at the Pratt Museum in Homer;
* Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. at Chapman Elementary School, room 23, at Anchor Point;
* March 9, 1-3 p.m. at the Borough Building, rooms A and B, in Soldotna;
* March 13, 1-3 p.m. at the Seward Senior Center;
* March 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center; and
* March 15, 1-3 p.m. at the Kasilof Community Church.
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