Around the Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Russian River Sanctuary opens

The Russian River Sanctuary area opens at 6 a.m. today to sockeye salmon fishing.

The Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday that the open Sanctuary area includes waters upstream from Fish and Game markers just downstream of the Kenai River ferry crossing to markers about 300 yards upstream of the Sportsman’s Landing boat launch.

The Sanctuary also includes waters around the upstream end of the island near the Russian River mouth and the Russian River itself from the mouth upstream 100 yards to Fish and Game markers.

A map of the area is printed on page 31 or the sport fishing regulation booklet.

The sockeye salmon bag and possession limit remains at three fish.

Summer solstice festival jams today

The annual Summer Solstice Art and Music Festival will be today at the Diamond M Ranch at Mile 16.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Music will be from 2 p.m. to after midnight. The event has many activities for families, including face painting, the Jumping Castle and farm-related games and contests, such as cow milking and cow pie throwing. Carriage rides and horse rides also are planned. Admission is free.

Quilting on the Kenai coming up

The 12th annual Quilting on the Kenai event will be held this week. The event includes the quilt show, open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cook Inlet Academy on Kalifornsky Beach Road; a wearable art fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on K-Beach; a quilt walk at area businesses Thursday, Friday and Saturday where visitors can view quilts and enter to win a drawing for prizes; and various demonstrations, lectures and classes offered by local and special guest instructors Stephanie Kimura and JoAnn Belling.

For more information or to sign up for classes, call Robin Place Fabrics at 262-5438.

Ninilchik fair needs workers

The Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik is seeking volunteers to come for a day of work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Lara McGinnis at (907) 567-3670.

Market space offered to school kids

In response to public requests, Kenai’s Saturday Market is offering space to school-age youths who would like to sell their own goods at the market, located next to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. A small vendor fee — $10 or 10 percent of sales, whichever is less — will be charged, and youths need to comply with federal, state and market regulations. Space is limited and will be awarded on first come, first served basis.

Youths should determine which Saturday they would like to reserve before calling Harold Piland at 283-1991.

Historians to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. July 1 at the main museum building on Centennial Park Road. The public is invited.

Skyview gears up for dogs

The Kenai Kennel Club will host American Kennel Club confirmation, agility, obedience and rally shows and trials July 7-9 at Skyview High School on the Sterling Highway. Events begin at 9 a.m. each day and generally run until mid afternoon.

Spectators are encouraged to come, and bring seating and be prepared for inclement weather. Only dogs entered are allowed on the grounds.

Volunteers also are needed to assist with the venues. For more information, call the kennel club at 335-2552 and leave a message.

Does Chugach Electric owe you money?

Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage is seeking people to whom it owes money.

As a member-owned cooperative, the utility earns margins — or profits — that belong to member-owners. Margins are credited to members’ accounts and used by the utility to help meet capital needs. Following a vote of the board of directors, margins are returned to members after a time.

In 2004 and 2005, Chugach Electric mailed checks or notices or credited accounts of more than 33,000 members for margins earned in 1986. Thousands of checks were not cashed or were returned as undeliverable.

Former members or estates may still claim their capital credits until Dec. 31, by calling (907) 563-7366. A list of members who are still due credits may be viewed online at

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