Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, April 03, 2009

Court plans open house today

The public is invited to an open house of the Kenai Courthouse new addition from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at 125 Trading Bay Drive in Kenai.

Water safety classes begin

The Soldotna High School pool will hold a water safety instructors class beginning Saturday. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Preregistration is recommended. For more information, call 262-7419.

Soldotna Historical Society to meet

The board of directors of the Soldotna Historical Society will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Fine Thyme Cafe in River City Books in Soldotna. The topic will be business items. It is open to the public. For more information, call 262-4157.

Bowling fundraiser set to strike

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce will host its sixth annual Up Your Alley Bowling Tournament at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alaskalanes in Kenai. Tournament play begins at 7 p.m. The theme will be "Flash Back to the '50s."

Team sponsorships begin at $250 and include: two games for three to six players, team/lane banner, team photo, food, music, prizes and more. In addition to the first, second and third place bowling teams, the chamber will award the best dressed 50s team. For more information, call 283-7989.

Kenai Historical Society to meet

The Kenai Historical Society will meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday downstairs at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant. The featured speaker will be Betty Idleman, a member of the Totem Tracers Genealogical Society. Her topic will be projects of the genealogical group and Resource Saturdays. It is open to the public. For more information, call 283-8762.

Wildfire season begins

Wildfire season has begun and burning permits are required in most areas for open burning of brush, grass, slash, and yard debris. Although many areas still have snow cover, it's important to understand that nearly all early-season wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula burn around patches of snow, catching people off guard, according to the Division of Forestry. Cured, dry grass becomes ignitable within a day of being exposed to sun and wind. As the snow begins to melt, fire awareness should rise.

Ongoing slash burning must be permitted.

Information about burning permits is available on Forestry's Web site,

Permits for small pile burning are available online. Large burns require an inspection prior to permitting; to schedule an appointment, call 260-4260 or 907-235-7734.

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