Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010

Awareness walk slated

The LeeShore Center will hold a "Alaskans Choose Respect" awareness event in support of Governor Parnell's "Alaskans Choose Respect" initiative and statewide efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault from 2 to 4 p.m. March 31.

Attendees will meet at the Kenai Gazebo at 2 p.m. and walk to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 283-9479.

Black bear baiting clinics set

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold three black bear baiting clinics on the Kenai Peninsula. You may not register a bait station in units 6d, 7, 14a, 14b, 15, 16a or 20b unless you have successfully completed an ADF&G approved bear baiting clinic. If you have already attended a clinic and been certified, you are not required to recertify. These sessions are walk-in, are approximately three hours long and provided free of charge to the public. Clinics will be held: Seward - March 25 at 6 p.m. at the AVTEC Building, 1912 Leirer Road (brown building across the highway from safeway); Kenai - March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building at 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road (near Bridge Access Road); and Soldotna - April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Rec and Trade Show at the Soldotna Sports Center.

New this year will be an online bear bait clinic course is available for anyone over 16-years-old wishing to become certified to register a bait station. Visit www.Wildlife.Alaska.Gov for more information or call 262-9368 in Soldotna or 235-8191 in Homer.

Commercial fishing safety training scheduled

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), in cooperation with AVTEC, will host a safety training session in Seward on March 30.

This course meets the U.S Coast Guard training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

This course is recommended for captains and crew serving on any commercial vessel. It provides practical information on the survival equipment found on most commercial vessels and on conducting emergency onboard drills. Skills are learned in a hands-on format. Register in advance by contacting AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287. More information and online registration is available at

Children's lip sync and choreography contest upcoming

Showin' Off the Kids is scheduled for April 10, 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Mandatory rehearsal is April 9 at 4 p.m. Showin' Off the Kids is a lip synch and choreography contest, sponsored by Soldotna Community Schools, for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Application forms can be picked up at the Soldotna Dairy Queen or downloaded online (go to and click on Community Schools). The application form and a two-minute taped selection must be returned to Dairy Queen by March 31. Call Soldotna Community Schools for more information, 262-3151 ext 24.

Deaf issues to be discussed

Independent Living Center and The State of Alaska will present guest speaker Liz Andrews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the Aspen Hotel Soldotna (board room.) Liz Andrews, who has been certified to teach Deaf Advocacy Training will be our featured speaker. Andrews was born and raised in Alaska, experiences deafness herself and is President of the Alaska Deaf Council. She will be assisting ILC and local advocates to understand rights of individuals to effective communication under the Americans with Disabilities Act and will help communities develop an action plan to ensure their rights. For more information, call Toni Pease at 262-6333.

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