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Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Road closure notice

A portion of Forest Drive between the Kenai Spur Highway to Second Avenue in Kenai temporarily will be closed today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to all through traffic due to road construction.

For more information, contact Foster Construction Inc. at 262-9139.

Chamber luncheon held

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon meeting at noon today at the Riverside House. The guest speaker will be Chuck Swener with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and Tom Pitt with Quality Asphalt Paving.

Advisory planning commissions to meet

The Anchor Point and Kachemak Bay advisory planning commissions will meet for an informational presentation on recreational vehicle stream crossings at 7 p.m. today in the Anchor River Inn meeting room in Anchor Point.

The program will be given by Mike Wiedmer of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The public is invited.

For more information, call Lani Kai Eggertsen-Goff at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 262-4441; Joanne Collins, chair of the Anchor Point APC, 235-8071; or Dale Banks, chair of the Kachemak Bay APC, 235-4029.

CARTS partners plan meeting

The Central Area Rural Transit System Inc. Advisory Partners will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the CARTS office on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Topics for discussion include the upcoming public hearing with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and monthly drawings for punch cards. For more information, call 262-8900.

Bike rodeo slated

Redoubt and Soldotna Elementary Schools will hold a community bike rodeo Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Redoubt Elementary School. Bikes will be checked for safety, and there will be an obstacle course, prize drawings and an outdoor cookout. Helmets will be on sale for $5.

MS Society to meet

The National Multiple Sclerosis Soldotna-Kenai self-help meeting will be held at noon Thursday at the Central Peninsula General Hospital Augustine room.

For more information, call Barbara Johnson at 262-8395.

SoHi seeks volunteer painters

Soldotna High School needs painters from the community for a special project. Students and visiting artist Margret Hugi-Lewis are decorating ceiling panels for the school commons. They have 90 soundboards to paint with a black-and-white design by Monday afternoon and then 285 soundboards to paint in 10 different colors by Friday. The school is appealing to outsiders for help in this massive undertaking. Participants will paint in the school art room Monday through Friday all day until 6 p.m.

The school also will have an open studio this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. To help Sunday, enter the school through the back door by the custodians' parking. Bring lunch or a few dollars to share in ordering pizza.

Hugi-Lewis is an internationally known artist overseeing this project, which is made possible by a grant from the Alaska Council on the Arts.

For more information, contact Ann C. Wilson, SoHi art teacher, at 283-0625 or 260-7046.

Museum board to meet, clean up

A board of directors meeting for the Soldotna Historical Museum will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. The annual spring cleanup will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 262-4157.

KCHS choir reunion planned for June

Registrations are now being accepted for the first Kenai Central High School choir reunion being held June 2 for anyone who has sung under the direction of Renee Henderson. Contact information for all former students, as well as standby host accommodations are being sought.

For more information, call 283-8364 or visit

KMS seeks votes on school mascot

Kenai Middle School has gone through the nomination process to change the school mascot. The four mascot choices are: Kossacks (the current mascots), Kougars, Koyotes and Kings.

Adult votes (parents, teachers or community members) will weigh 50 percent of the final election and the student votes will weigh the other 50 percent. Open voting for the community began Monday and will run through May 15. Any community member interested in the KMS mascot change should stop by the school office to vote during this time. KMS encourages all interested members of the community to get involved.

This is a timely process, as the seventh- and eighth-grade history and government classes are studying citizenship and our nation's government.

In the spirit of the process, KMS will offer a rally where mascots will be presented to the students, staff, parents and community members at 2 p.m. Monday. Students will then have an opportunity to vote the following day, May 15, before school and at lunch. Voting booths will be available and students and community members will sign off that they have voted.

The students are excited to be part of the change process. If the Kossacks are defeated, the school will plan a send-off ceremony during the eighth-grade farewell May 18.

For more information, call Lori A. Manion, assistant principal, at 283-4896.

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