Community News

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

Ford offers scholarships to Alaska teens

Alaska Ford dealers have announced a new scholarship program, "Ford Country Scholars," to provide financial aid to youth committed to following careers that support rural life.

During the next three years, the program will provide 21 scholarships of $5,000 each to Alaska high school students who are enrolling in universities, colleges, community colleges or technical institutes to prepare for careers in rural communities.

Applications for the 2002 scholarships are available from Ford dealerships statewide and on the Internet at Applications must be submitted by May 17.

ASLC opens new whale exhibit

The Alaska SeaLife Center opened a hew exhibit Saturday focusing on the whales of Alaska. The exhibit, "Whales of the North Pacific: An Appetite for Alaska," features hands-on, interactive components such as a set of whale vertebrae for visitors to assemble and an orca listening station. It also will focus on whale research and rehabilitation projects at the center.

During April, the center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10 for youth and children under 6 are admitted free. A special $25 family rate is available this month. For more information, visit

Conservation group promotes computer recycling

Used computer and electronic parts often contain toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium, which can seep into soil and water when the items are left in landfills, reported the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society. To prevent such pollution, the society offered a number of ways for people to recycle their old computers through donation. Only one warning: Donors should be sure to erase all personal information from hard drives before giving away computers.

The following resources provide computer recycling nationwide:

IMP PC Recycling Service will recycle any PC, including CPUs, monitors, printers and other attachments for $29.99 including shipping. For more information, call 1-800-746-7426.

Dell Computers' Web site facilitates trading, selling or donating old, functional computer systems. For more information, visit

A nonprofit company called Share the Technology maintains a Web site with a national computer donation database and state-by-state list of computers available for donation to schools, nonprofits and people needing computers. For more information, visit

The society also suggests the following peninsula area uses for old computers:

Pick-and-Pay and the Salvation Army both take donations of usable equipment.

Computer will sell computers on consignment. For more information, call (907) 235-5931.

The Homer Senior Center is interested in connecting senior citizens who cannot afford computer equipment with potential donors. F more information, call Laurie at (907) 235-7655.

The Community Christian School needs functional computers with at least Pentium II processors. The school also is looking for printers, scanners, zip drives and other peripheral parts. Call Bob Craig at (907) 235-8907.

The Soldotna Rotary has undertaken a computer refurbishing project to provide schools with completely new networked computer labs. For more information, call Joe Kashi at 262-4604 or e-mail

Homer High School teachers Cameron Wyatt and Pat Shields and the Student Philanthropy group at Homer High would like donations of IBM format machines for students without computer resources. For more information, call Wyatt, Shields or Hannah Heimbuch at (907) 235-8186.

Homer Community Schools updates program

Homer Community Schools has added two classes to its spring program. Review of the 2000 International Residential Code will help contractors, owners, builders, construction workers and handymen learn the code for new construction. The class will be offered Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Indoor Air Quality will offer information about mold, arsenic in water, radon, carbon monoxide and many other indoor air pollutants. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4.

Market Basket Making, Canning the Catch and Give your Bread Machine Another Chance are still open for registration.

A number of changes and corrections also have been made for the spring program. The berry basket making class will be Saturday. The landscape painting with acrylics course will meet May 24 and 25, as will the razor clam class. The pool sessions for all kayaking courses will start at 8 p.m. The healing touch class will meet May 13.

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