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Posted: Monday, June 03, 2002

Skyview class of 1992 seeks members for reunion

The Skyview High School class of 1992 will have its 10-year reunion July 5 and 6. The reunion committee is looking for the following class members: John Bickley, Garrett Bridges, Eric Carey, Ken Copelin, Jennifer Driscoll , Heather Eastlick, Bill Fredrick, Chad Gorder, Gena Harrold, Clinton Hiler, Melanie Hunt, Sandra Ingels, Sonny Jackson, Maria Kohls, Laurence Luna, Casey Mott, Danny Nolan, Lily Remsing, Jeremy Schouwieler, Chris Smith, John Tri, Seth Zorn, Peter Hoekman and Kristy Lancaster.

Anyone with information on these individuals should e-mail

Mrs. Alaska applications available

Applications are being accepted for Mrs. Alaska International 2002, a preliminary to the Mrs. International Pageant which will be at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Aug. 12 to 18.

The woman selected as Mrs. Alaska International 2002 will become an ambassador for Alaska and receive an official title and sash.

Competitions will include private one-on-one interviews, an aerobic wear contest and an evening gown event with husbands escorting their wives on stage. There is no swimsuit competition.

The competition is open to married women ages 21 to 56. For more information, call Mary Richardson, National Executive Director at (540) 989-5992 or e-mail

Wolf eel, seal pups join SeaLife Center display

Alaska SeaLife Center visitors had their first glimpse of the center's first wolf eel May 21 when aquarium staff unveiled the new fish in its Rocky Shores featured creature microhabitat. The wolf eel had been kept in a holding tank out of public view since it arrived at the center in late March.

The 13-inch juvenile will grow to be 7- to 8-feet long and 6 inches around. Its head alone will be larger than a softball. The fish will eventually be housed in a Denizens of the Deep exhibit.

Visitors can see the wolf eel in its exhibit at the center daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two seal pups also arrived at the center this month for rehabilitation. The ASLC Rescue and Rehabilitation Program received its first harbor seal of 2002 on May 22. The stranded 3- to 5-day-old male pup, Garth, was rescued near Cordova and flown to the Seward.

Three days later, the center received a 3-day-old female pup, Reba, also from the Cordova area.

Both seal pups weighed a healthy 20 pounds but were slightly dehydrated upon arrival. Garth was diagnosed with a mild respiratory infection from inhaling water while struggling to swim, but he appeared active and vocal.

The pups will receive around-the-clock care, including tube-feedings every four hours for the next several weeks. They will be given a special pup seal formula, then weaned onto solid food. The pups must be rehabilitated for about 10 to 12 weeks before being released into the wild.

Host families needed for exchange students

Cultural Homestay International is seeking host families for hundreds of English-speaking European teens who will spend a high school year studying in the United States. Students are fully insured and bring their own spending money. Host families need to provide room (which can be shared), board and a loving and caring home. For more information, call Maria at (800) 210-6080.

Summer camp deadlines extended

Soldotna Community Schools has extended the registration deadline for the Readin', Writin' and Raftin' on the Kenai summer camp. The camp will be taught be Dorothy Gray and Clark Fair and run from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 to 9 at Skyview High School.

The camp is open to students who have finished sixth or seventh grade. Cost is $150 and includes daily "educational snacks," writing supplies and a Kenai River rafting trip. Partial scholarships are available.

Funding is provided, in part, by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association and After the Bell 21st Century Learning Center Grant Program.

The deadline for registration has been extended to June 15. For registration or scholarship information, call the Soldotna Community Schools office at 262-6768.

Heritage Center offers summer day camps

The Alaska Native Heritage Center's Naanguarvik Summer Day Camp offers children an opportunity to learn about Alaska Native cultures through lessons and activities. Eight one-week camp sessions will be offered this summer. Both indoor and outdoor activities are featured each day.

Each session will include an introduction to Alaska's Native cultures, as well as special crafts, projects and activities based on the summer theme, "Our Healing Ways: Mind, Body and Spirit." Campers will create craft projects based on various Alaska Native cultural traditions, such as Athabascan birch bark canoes, Native doll-making, Yu'pik headdress creations, Aleut mask-making, Native games and traditional dance.

Camp sessions are offered by grade level. Early elementary camps are open to students in grades one through three and cost $135 to center members and $155 to nonmembers. Upper elementary camps are open to students in grades four through six, and middle school camps are open to grades seven and eight. Upper elementary and middle school camps cost $175 for members and $200 for nonmembers.

Early elementary camps will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 10 to 14 and July 8 to 12. Upper elementary camps will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 to 21, July 17 to 21, Aug. 5 to 9 and Aug. 12 to 16. Middle school camps will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 to 28 and July 24 to 28.

For more information, call Becki Roullier at (907) 330-8028 or e-mail

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