Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2005

Soldotna chamber to meet

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will have a community update at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Wildfire protection meetings set

A series of informal community meetings on wildfire protection to begin developing a community wildfire protection plan will be held at the following locations: Nikiski Senior Citizens Center at 7 p.m. today; Tustumena Elementary School at 4 p.m. Tuesday; Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday; Anchor River Inn at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Moose Pass Elementary School at 2 p.m. Friday; Kachemak Community Center at 2 p.m. Friday; and Homer City Council chambers at 7 p.m. Friday.

Under the National Fire Plan 10-year Comprehensive Strategy and Healthy Forest Restoration Act, the above communities were listed as having extreme fire risks by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Community members are encouraged to attend and give input to help determine the goals and objectives of the plan and to help develop a plan that addresses the unique characteristics of each area. Information on Firewise construction and landscaping practices also will be available. For more information, call Daniel Bevington of Ecology and Environment Inc. at (907) 257-5000 ext. 264. or e-mail

Artists and crafters sought

Kenai Senior Connection's gift shop is accepting applications from area artists and crafters with high-quality work. The sales commission will be 35 percent as this is a fund-raising project for the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Applications and samples need to be submitted to the senior center. Applications are available at Odies Bead-it Shop, the Soldotna library, the senior center, the Kenai Art Guild and by calling the center. For more information or to make an appointment, call Shirley Lennox-Hillyer at 283-4156.

Autism support group to meet

An autism spectrum disorders family support group meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 6 in Room 107 at Soldotna High School. There will be a two-way video conference with Chris Crawford of the Special Education Service Agency. It is open to the public. For more information, call Renie Aragon at 262-6331, ext. 227. The registration deadline is March 31.

Applications for visitor services available

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has applications for conducting commercial visitor services on the refuge available.

A special-use permit is required for conducting any commercial visitor services on refuge lands and waters, including portions of the Kenai River within refuge boundaries. There are limited numbers of permits available that are awarded by competitive selection.

Applications will be accepted in person at refuge headquarters or that are sent in and postmarked no later than Friday. The permit year runs May 1 through April 30, 2006. For complete information and application packets, call 262-7021 or write to Kenai Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 2139, Soldotna, AK 99669.

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