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Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010

Relay bank nights begin

The Relay for Life Bank Nights will be held today and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo, Soldotna branch. Bank Night is a time set aside prior to the relay event in which teams turn in their monies and pick up team captain and team member T-shirts. The top four fundraising teams, as of Bank Night, will receive a reserved campsite for the event. For more information, call Sandra Ghormley at 398-6043 or

FERC meeting set

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a public meeting in Moose Pass to discuss Homer Electric Association's (HEA) proposed Grant Lake/Falls Creek hydroelectric project. The FERC scoping meetings are scheduled for today at 10 a.m. in the Moose Pass Community Hall.

The FERC scoping meetings are being held to gather input from the public, non-governmental organizations, resource agencies, and Indian tribes on the scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA) that be conducted as part of the permit application process for the proposed hydro electric project.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, Commission staff intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA), which will be used by the Commission to determine whether, and under what conditions, to issue a license for the project. To support and assist the environmental review, FERC is beginning the public scoping process to ensure that all pertinent issues are identified and analyzed and that the EA is thorough and balanced. For more information about the project and the FERC scoping meetings, visit .

Murkowski, Begich announce mobile office visits

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich announce that members of their staffs will visit the communities of Whittier, Cooper Landing, Seward, Ninilchik and Homer.

Congressional staff hold mobile office hours in Alaska in order to meet with constituents and community leaders. During their mobile office hours, staff from each office will be available to take casework requests and listen to constituent concerns about issues related to the federal government. All information gathered by staff will be directed to Sens. Murkowski and Begich as well as to the appropriate federal agencies to resolve concerns raised by Alaskans.

The dates and locations of the mobile office are as follows:

* Thursday -- Ninilchik Post Office, 15700 Kingsley Road, noon to 3 p.m.; and

* Friday -- Homer Post Office, 3658 Heath Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Pool Hours

* Kenai Central High School (beginning June 1)

Monday through Friday: lap swim, 6:30 to 8 a.m.

Monday through Friday: Piranha swim team, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Monday through Friday: open swim, 1 to 2:45 p.m.

For more information, call 283-7476.

* Nikiski Pool (beginning June 1)

Tuesday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., open swim begins at noon

Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., open swim begins at 1 p.m.

Closed Mondays

For more information, call 776-8800.

* Skyview High School (beginning June 1)

Monday through Friday: lap swim and water aerobics, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: open swim/lap swim, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: water aerobics/independent physical therapy, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: organized lap swim workout, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 262-3905.

* Soldotna High School (beginning June 7)

Monday through Friday: lap swim, 6 to 8 a.m.

Monday through Friday: open swim, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: lap swim, 6 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: water aerobics, 6 to 7 p.m.

Toddler playgroups planned

Frontier Community Services Infant Learning Program will host outside playgroups open to the public on Wednedays this summer through Aug. 4. Playgroups will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Farnsworth Park on Birch Lane in Soldotna, and from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kenai Municipal Park on South Forest Drive in Kenai. For more information, call 714-6647.

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