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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Learn and Serve funding available

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Alaska Community Service Commission is soliciting detailed proposals from schools and school districts interested in Learn and Serve America funding. A preproposal teleconference will be held at 10 a.m. today. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. June 7. Forms are available at Faxed proposals are not acceptable. For complete information, call (907) 269-4674.

Community wildfire planning meetings set

Ecology and Environment Inc., on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, will host its final 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. The plans may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness and structure protection. All meetings are open to the public.

Meetings will be held at the following locations and times: for the Ninilchik and Clam Gulch areas at 1 p.m. today at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center; for the Anchor Point, Happy Valley and Nikolaevsk areas at 7 p.m. today at the Nikolaevsk School; for the Kasilof, Cohoe, Kenai and Kalifornsky Beach areas at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, 1049 Poppy Lane in Soldotna; for the Fritz Creek, Fox River and East End Road areas at 2 p.m. Friday at the Voznesenka School; and for the Homer, Diamond Ridge and Kachemak areas at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the city of Homer council chambers.

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

Fire training continues

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations is continuing its live fire training for its employees. Propane and liquid fuels will be used. Smoke and flames may be seen from the highway near the plant at Mile 21 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

Training will be conducted at 7:45 a.m. Thursdays and at 8 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through the end of May. For more information, call Rick Warren at 776-3162 or 776-3272.

Rowing classes set

The Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association will hold learn-to-row classes Friday through Sunday and June 10 through 12 at Mackey Lake in Soldotna, weather permitting. The classes are about eight hours long for ages 14 and older. The class will cover the basics of sweep rowing, dry-land training, terminology, boat-handling skills, safety information, techniques and rowing fundamentals. The cost is $95. For more information, time or to register, leave a message for Judy at 260-4928 or visit

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