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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Tires must be changed today

Today is the last day to drive with studded tires on paved roads on the Kenai Peninsula. State law mandates studded or chained tires are illegal from May 1 to Sept. 15 on roads north of 60 North Latitude and on the Sterling Highway.

Alaska State Troopers will issue citations to drivers breaking the studded tire ban starting Wednesday. Citations are correctable, but include a $50 fine. The penalty differs in some municipalities.

EDD speaker to address Soldotna chamber

Jim Carter, director of the Economic Development District, will speak at noon today at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Riverside House. For more information, call the chamber at 262-9814.

United Way seeks volunteers

The Kenai Peninsula United Way is looking for volunteers interested in serving on its Allocations Review Committee. Volunteers will need to make a full-day commitment for the review meeting Thursday in Soldotna. For more information, call Evy Gebhardt at 283-9500.

River coalition to meet Tuesday

The Community Rivers Planning Coalition will meet Thursday in the Chapman School library at 7 p.m. Community Rivers Planning Coalition is dedicated to the sustainable planning of the Anchor River, Stariski Creek and Happy Valley Creek watersheds. For more information, call 235-8177, ext. 5.

Sears to host fund-raising carnival

Sears Elementary School will host its annual carnival Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will include prizes, games and food. All funds raised will help pay for end-of-the-year field trips.

Red Cross offers first aid class

The Red Cross will offer a first aid class with adult, child and infant CPR Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, registration and location, call Debbie at 262-4541.

Apple workshop planned

The annual apple grafting workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the O'Brien Orchard. For more information or to register, call 776-8726.

WalkAmerica slated for Saturday

WalkAmerica, a fund-raiser for the March of Dimes fight to save babies, will be Saturday. Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Big Kmart parking lot. The walk will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with a hot dog feed in the parking lot. Central Kenai Peninsula residents are expected to walk with company teams or as individuals to raise up to $15,000 for the peninsula. To register, call (800) 478-8245, visit or pick up a sponsor form at Big Kmart.

SoHi pool hosts life-saving class

The Soldotna High School pool will sponsor a life-saving class for people ages 15 and older. The class will meet from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, May 6 to 17. Space is limited to 10 students. For more information or to register, call 262-7419.

Names sought to honor military dead

The Peninsula Clarion is compiling names of people from the Kenai Peninsula who have died in military service over the years. The names will be published in conjunction with Memorial Day to honor their sacrifice.To be eligible, a man or woman must have died in wartime military service and have been either raised on the peninsula or living here at the time of enlistment. If you have information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at the Clarion at 262-6506 during regular business hours or leave a message at 283-7551.

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, visit the AFS Web site at, call (800) AFS-INFO or local representative Eileen Bryson at 283-4428.

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