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Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Soldotna Chamber to meet

Russ Rosin with Columbia Paint and Steve Booth with Booths Landscaping will speak at noon today at the Riverside House for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon. For more information, call Shanon Hamrick at 262-9814.

Gardening classes offered

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will host a series of four gardening classes from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 11 and 18 in the soup kitchen at the food bank at 3395 Community College Road in Soldotna. Janice Chumley of the Cooperative Extension Service will instruct. For more information, call Linda Swarner at 262-3111.

Poker tourney set

The Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2716 will host a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the lodge. There is no cost. Prizes will be awarded. It is limited to 150 people. For more information or to register call, 262-27806.

Forestry announce trail closures

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Forest Service have closed the following trails to motorized use: Lost Lake, out of Seward; Primrose, at the south end of Kenai Lake; Carter Lake, just north of Moose Pass; Johnson Lake, at the south end of Tail Lake; and Crescent Creek, at the end of Quartz Creek Road.

Access to Lost Lake through the Cooper Lake area and open ares near Summit Lake remain open. The Resurrection Pass area has been closed since Feb. 16.

Seasonal closure of all areas begins Sunday. For more information, visit or call (07) 224-3374.

Community wildfire planning meetings set

Planning meetings for nine community groupings on the Kenai Peninsula will begin Monday. Ecology and Environment Inc., on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, will host its second round of community meetings to continue developing individual community wildfire protection plans.

The meetings provide an opportunity for community-based forest planning and prioritization under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. These plans may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness and structure protection. All meetings are open to the public.

Meetings will held at the following locations and times: for the Nikiski and Salamatof area at 7 p.m. Monday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center; for the Kasilof, Cohoe, Kenai and Kalifornsky Beach areas at 7 p.m. May 3 at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, 1049 Poppy Lane in Soldotna; for the Ninilchik,Clam Gulch and Ninilchik Forties area at 1 p.m. May 4 at the Ninilchik Senior Center; for the Anchor Point, Happy Valley and Nikolaevsk area at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Anchor River Inn; for the Moose Pass, Crown Point and Primrose areas at 7 p.m. May 5 at Moose Pass Elementary; for the Fritz Creek, Fox River and East End Road areas at 2 p.m. May 6 at the Kachemak Emergency Services Building; and for the Homer, Diamond Ridge and Kachemak areas at 7 p.m. May 6 in the city of Homer council chambers.

The Web site for the project is at and includes a survey and comment form. Forms can be downloaded, filled out and mailed or faxed back. For more information, call (866 ) 577-7496 and enter 1127 at the prompt.

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