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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

Pork proposal Soldotna chamber topic

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold its weekly luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. Dick Metteer, president of Alaska Pork Inc. and proponent of a peninsula hog production facility, will be guest speaker. For more information, call the chamber at 262-9814.

Make-A-Wish Foundation looking for volunteers

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has a growing need for wish-granting volunteers throughout the state. Volunteer training will be Tuesday at the Soldotna Bed and Breakfast and Thursday at the Land's End Resort in Homer. Anyone interested in attending should contact Char Barrett at (800) 304-9474 or e-mail

SBDC offering business seminars

The Small Business Development Council will hold a seminar entitled, "Finding the Money: Strategies and Sources of Capital," from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Red Diamond Center. Cost is $15.

On Thursday, the SBDC is sponsoring a seminar entitled, "Business Grants for Developing Technologies." This seminar will run from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Red Diamond Center, suite 16. For more information, call Lou at 262-7497.

PDK to hold banquet

Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization of educators, will hold an "Outstanding Contributions to Education" banquet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn. For more information, call 260-5514.

Challenger head to speak at Nikiski

The North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon will be at noon Thursday at the North Kenai Baptist Church at Mile 25.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. This week's speaker will be Steve Horn, director of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Cost is $10, including lunch.

Fish and Game sponsors bear-baiting clinic

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a black bear-baiting clinic at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Peninsula Sport, Recreation and Trade Show in the Soldotna Sports Center. Clinics last three hours. Bear hunters cannot register a bait station in units 7, 14A, 14B, 15, 16A or 20 B without completing a Fish and Game-approved bear-baiting clinic. For more information, call Fish and Game at 262-9368.

Hunter education programs planned

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is sponsoring a traveling trailer hunter education program on the Kenai Peninsula in April and May. Classes will be offered on a variety of subjects, including basic hunter education, muzzle loading, shotgunning-steel shot, basic reloading and bow hunter education. Classes begin Friday in Soldotna, May 3 in Seward, May 10 in Cooper Landing and May 13 in Hope.

Anyone interested in participating in any of the programs must preregister with their community's contact person. For Soldotna, contact Larry Lewis at 260-2902; Seward, Dave Adams at (907) 224-5348; Cooper Landing, Steve Skolnick at (907) 595-1537; and Hope, Mary Ann Leamy at (907) 782-3202.

Nurse to visit Ninilchik

The Homer Public Health nurse will be at the Ninilchik Clinic from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday for well-child checkups, pregnancy testing and immunizations. For more information, call the Homer Public Health Center at 235-8857 or (800) 770-8857.

YCC job application deadline nears

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for summer Youth Conservation Corps jobs. Youth 15 to 18 are eligible for four full-time positions paying $7 per hour for trail and campground maintenance, cleanup, assisting biologists and visitor information service. Applications are available at the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road south of Soldotna. The deadline to apply is Friday.

Estate planning seminar scheduled

Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corporation is sponsoring an estate planning seminar Saturday from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Cooper Landing Community Hall. Anchorage attorney Susan Behlke Foley will present information and discuss various estate planning options. Participants must register by Wednesday. For more information, call Geneva Craig at (907) 595-1218.

Host families sought for exchange students

AFS, the world's largest and oldest program for international high school student exchanges, is seeking host families on the Kenai Peninsula. The central peninsula chapter is recruiting homes for the 2002-03 school year's students.

Host families provide a bed, meals, love and support. The AFS organization takes care of travel arrangements, insurance and provides support services and activities throughout the year.

For more information, check out the AFS Web site at, call (800) AFS-INFO or call local representative Eileen Bryson at 283-4428.

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