Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Borough can help with debris removal

The Kenai Peninsula Borough received a grant to help remove debris from banks and beds of streams, lakes and coastal areas and needs help to identify clean-up areas. Borough staff and the Donald E. Gilman River Center are asking residents to help spot debris by reporting description and location to John Czarnezki at 907-714-2463, or Photos and GPS coordinates are also helpful.

Recycling group has planning meeting

There will be a Re-Group meeting May 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the conference room at Subway on Kalifornsky Beach Road to plan the electronics recycling event. For more information call Jan 262-5098.

Triviapalooza 2011

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center and Triumvirate Theatre host the annual trivia competition, Triviapalooza, this Friday! Cash prizes will be awarded, and Kassik's beer and pizza will be available at the event. The competition starts at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center. First prize is $250. Teams should be 6-8 people. To register a team, sign up or for more information, call 283-1991 or email

Public meetings to discuss Stormy Lake pike

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will host four public meetings this month to discuss northern pike illegally introduced to Stormy Lake near Nikiski. A multi-discipline design firm, USKH, will facilitate the meetings. Information gathered from these meetings will help guide the department's response to the Stormy Lake invasive northern pike issue. Meetings will be May 13, 6:30 -- 8 p.m., and May 14, 10 a.m. -- noon, at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center, Mile 23.4, Kenai Spur Highway; and May 25, noon -- 1:30 p.m., and a6:30 -- 8 p.m., at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, 9711 Kenai Spur Highway. For more information, contact Division of Sport Fish Area Management Biologist Robert Begich at 262-9368.

Gas pipeline forum set for tonight

The federal coordinator's office for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline sponsors a public panel discussion May 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on the importance of the project to the state's long-term economy, including public revenues, jobs and energy costs. The panelists also will discuss how the gas pipeline could benefit North Slope oil production. On the panel will be Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects; Scott Goldsmith, economics professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA; Brian Rogers, chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks; and Bill Van Dyke, petroleum engineer, Petrotechnical Resources Alaska. Peninsula residents can listen in at the Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217. The forum will also be available via live web streamat; and will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. May 13; 1 p.m. May 15; and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 16 on the same TV channels statewide that carry Gavel to Gavel.

Cattle drive on the Peninsula

Soldotna Equestrian Association and Diamond M Ranch hold a cattle drive May 15. All who are interested should meet at the Soldotna Arena at 1 p.m. for a prompt 1:30 p.m. departure on horseback. We will push cattle from Diamond M Ranch to the rodeo grounds. Contact Chris 252-2805 or Mike 953-7729.

Kenai genealogical group meets

Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society meets May 11, 6 p.m., at the Kenai United Methodist Church. William Thomas, from the family history library, will discuss the new family search internet site and the great records that will become available. The society's next meeting will be Sept. 14.

Woodturners club meets

The Kenai Peninsula Woodturners Chapter will hold its May meeting May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center/Kenai Central High School on Lawton Street, in Kenai. Members and anyone interested are invited to attend the free demonstration and learn more about the Kenai Peninsula's new woodturning group. For information call Al Janonis 776-8887.

Tour Central Peninsula energy producers

The annual Alaska Solar Tour is May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured on the tour will be wind turbines, solar panels, an earthship house (in construction) and a tour of the Ecovillage of Ionia. Tickets are $40/person and can be purchased at River City Books, through Kenai Resilience members, or through the Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology ticket site ( Right after the Alaska Solar Tour is the final Kenai Resilience Potluck of the year on May 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at K-Beach Elementary School.

Redoubt Homemakers host bazaar

The Redoubt Homemakers FCE hosts a spring bazaar May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. at the Nikiski Fire Station #1, on the Kenai Spur, Milepost 17.9. Quilts, organic jams and jellies, birch syrup, vegetable staters, pillows and pillow cases, baked goods, aprons, towels, cookbooks, hot pads and Watkins products will be available. For more information call Mary Olson at 776-3745.

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