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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2008

Birders to meet

The Keen Eye Peninsula Birders will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Marlow's on the Kenai. Bill Larned will be the guest speaker. Larned is in his 33rd year with Fish and Wildlife Service, most of the time as a waterfowl population assessment biologist/pilot, monitoring and assessing continental and regional waterfowl populations using mostly aerial survey techniques.

For more information, call Ken at 262-5218 or e-mail marlows@alaska.net or call Linda at 262-9031 or e-mail her at woodybrd@alaska.net.

United Way seeks new agencies

The Kenai Peninsula United Way is accepting applications for new member agencies.

To qualify for admission, an agency must meet the following requirements: It must have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status; must has been in operation on the peninsula for at least two years; must have an elected board of directors; and must provide a health and human service not offered by another local member agency.

If interested or for more information, contact the United Way office at 283-9500. Completed applications with the required documentation must be submitted no later than May 2.

Teachers' stories sought

Alaska Educators' Historical Society is trying to publish another volume of stories for the state's 50th year of statehood celebration. The society is soliciting submissions for Volume 4 of "Teacher's tales." Retired teachers may be a treasure trove of stories on how it used to be in Alaska teaching, in Bush schools and in the cities. The mission of the society is to capture as much of that knowledge as possible and share it with the future generations in Alaska teaching.

Submissions should be sent to Virginia Walters, 214 Birch Street, Kenai, AK 99611. A few copies of Volume 3 are available for $5 from the above address.

Weed workshop slated

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service„ Kenai Peninsula District will hold a free weed workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road. The topics will be early detection, rapid response, weed free forage, reed canary grass and river systems, weed warriors, climate change and plants response and "Yikes it's pike." Also a weed identification workshop will be held.

For more information, call 262-5824.

SCI scholarship available

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International is accepting applications for a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year for four years) for graduating senior from any high school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. To be eligible, applicants must be accepted into an education program in a wildlife management or research curriculum in a related field at an accredited college or university and enroll for a minimum of 12 semester hours or full-time equivalent ( trade school or vocational program in a related discipline will be considered, also future teachers are eligible.)

Applications are available at area high schools or by calling Billie Hardy at 262-9881.

The essay topic is "The effects of Ballot Box Initiatives on Wildlife Management." The deadline for completed applications is April 25.



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