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Posted: Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Deadline today for festival booth space

Today is the deadline for Kenai Peninsula artists wishing to reserve booth space for the Kenai River Festival, which is scheduled for June 9 and 10 in Kenai. Space is limited. For more information, call Kelly Shea at 260-5449 or go to the Web site at

Registration under way for swim lessons

The Soldotna High School swimming pool is taking registrations for its summer set of swimming lessons. Classes will be Monday through Friday and will cost $40 for 10 lessons. Classes start June 4 and June 18.

Because of limited class space, preregistration is recommended. For more information, call 262-7419 or stop by the pool.

Chugach trails closed to snowmachine use

Most Chugach National Forest trails are closed to snowmachine use. The closure includes all areas in the Seward District and Johnson Pass Trail in the Glacier Ranger District. Snow cover is no longer adequate to prevent resource damage in these areas, according to a press release from the Forest Service. The posted areas are usually open from Dec. 1 through April 30.

Turnagain Pass along the Seward Highway from Bertha Creek north to Ingram Creek will remain open until further notice. Those who go into the backcountry are asked to do so with caution, as this is avalanche season.

For more information, call (907) 271-2500, (907) 783-3242 or (907) 224-3374.

Soldotna city manager to speak to chamber

Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker will be the guest speaker at today's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting begins at noon at the Riverside House. The public is invited.

Community cleanup scheduled for this week

The Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Peninsula Sanitation once again will sponsor the annual Community Cleanup, which is scheduled for this week.

Bags may be picked up at the Kenai and Soldotna chamber offices through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Peninsula Sanitation will pick up bags placed along main roads using the following schedule:

Today: Greater Soldotna area -- the Kenai Spur Highway to Strawberry Road;

Wednesday: North Road to Neighbors Drive, Beaver Loop to Strawberry Road; Kalifornsky Beach-Cannery Road to Gaswell and Bridge Access Road:

Thursday: Greater Kenai area -- Swires Road to Lilac Drive;

Friday: Sterling Highway from Sterling to Kasilof;

Saturday: K-Beach and Kasilof.

If you miss a pick-up day, please dispose of your bags. Do no leave them on the road.

For more information call the Kenai chamber at 283-7989 or Soldotna chamber at 262-9814.

Challenger director to speak at Kenai chamber

Steve Horn, executive director of the Challenger Learning Center, will be the guest speaker at this week's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting begins at noon Wednesday at Old Town Village Restaurant. For more information, call 283-7989.

Anchor Point chamber to meet Wednesday

Barbara Seaman of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will be the guest speaker at Wednesday's meeting of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce. The meeting begins at noon at the Anchor River Inn. Seaman will discuss programs designed to protect streams and rivers and what role the KHLT plays in the programs.

The public is invited. For more information, call the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce at 235-9600.

Business workshops scheduled

Entrepreneur's Corner, Sego Consultants and Peninsula Center Mall will host Grant Writing Basics, an introduction to finding grants and writing grant proposals, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $40.

For more information, call 260-2663 or e-mail

Fish-Game advisory group to meet

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

This meeting concerns Fish and Game proposals and possible future regulations.

The public is encouraged to testify on any concerns regarding fish and wildlife. For more information, call Brent at 262-4763.

Racing meeting planned

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions drag racing division will hold a general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Homer Electric Association in Kenai.

The 2001 race schedule has been set with the first test to be held May 19 and the first points race May 20. The first car show of the season will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at McDonald's.

Anyone interested in participating or becoming a member is encouraged to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Wendy Hudson at 260-3305 or visit

KDLL monthly board meeting set for Thursday

KDLL's monthly board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the KDLL studio in the Economic Development District building, three miles north of Kenai. The public is invited.

Eagles Auxiliary plans Friday dinner

The Eagles Auxiliary will have its chicken dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

Safety day slated for Saturday

The second annual Soldotna Safety Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Fred Meyer parking lot. There will be different phases of safety education provided through interactive stations and booths by many area groups and businesses. There will be door prizes, judging of booths and a coloring contest.

KCHS soccer team to hold sales

The Kenai Central High School soccer team will have a garage and bake sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Kenai Middle School. Donations for the sale may be dropped off at KMS Friday at 6:30 p.m. Funds raised will be used to purchase uniforms for the players.

Garage sale funds go back to community

Preceptor Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a nonprofit service organization, will have a giant garage sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the old Randy's Ramada location, 35105 Kenai Spur Highway, in Soldotna.

Funds raised are returned to the community in the way of service projects. Past projects have included the purchase of a printer for the Blood Bank of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Center, donations to the Women's Resource and Crisis Center, gift donations to Heritage Place for each resident's birthday, and Thanksgiving baskets for those less fortunate. In addition, the chapter cooperated with other Beta Sigma Phi chapters to help buy a TV and VCR for the chemotherapy room at Central Peninsula General Hospital, along with videos, books, posters and puzzles.

For more information, call Brenda Benner at 262-2409.

Nominations sought for Young Hunters Awards

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International is seeking nominations for Young Hunters Awards to be announced at the Midnight Sun Dinner and Sportsman Fund-Raiser Auction set for Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Young hunters age 16 and under who hunted big or small game or fowl successfully in 2000 are encouraged to submit an application and photo.

For more information and an application, call Billie Hardy at 262-9881 or Lloyd Richardson at 283-9565.

Dive meet planned for Saturday

The Kenai Peninsula Springboard Dive Club will hold a meet beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Soldotna High School pool. Divers between the ages of 10 and 20 will participate. The public is invited. Admission is free.

For more information, call James Blake at 283-9460 or e-mail

Healthy communities to meet

The Healthy Communities-Healthy People Steering Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. May 10 at Bridges Community Resource Network in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-1831.

Wanted: Cancer survivors to participate in relay

Cancer survivors are sought to participate in the Relay for Life scheduled for June 1 and 2 at Skyview High School.

The first lap of the event is dedicated to those who have suffered and survived cancer. Cancer survivor participants will receive a free T-shirt and a complimentary dinner at a reception. Survivors wishing to participate are asked to call Kathy Lopeman at 262-8114 or Corbi Aaronson at 262-7711.

Host families needed

AFS seeks families who would like to host foreign exchange for the 2001-02 school year. Students ages 15 to 18 stay for 11 months, and the program benefits host families as well as foreign students. For information, call Nancy Cranston at 283-9265 or Eileen Bryson at 283-4428 by May 30.

Skyview football players looking for projects

Skyview High School football players are raising funds for the upcoming year with miscellaneous projects including doing yard work, sweeping driveways and washing vehicles now through the end of May. To make arrangements, call Becky West at 262-5670 or Skyview at 262-7675.

--Staff reports

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