Open burning banned on peninsula
Tuesday, the Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna suspended open burning on all private, state and municipal lands on the Kenai Peninsula. Hot dry weather has created extreme fire conditions in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and eastern portions of the peninsula and high fire danger on the western peninsula. Although coastal areas have experienced some higher relative humidity due to southwest winds, none of the areas have received rainfall since Thursday, and the vegetation is dry.
The suspension prohibits open burning of brush, grass and yard debris. Although campfires are allowed at this time, individuals must use caution and adhere to strict guidelines: Locate the fire in a dirt area, in a fire ring away from vegetation, including moss and peat. Water for extinguishment must be on site, and the fire must be attended to until it is completely out. Never light a fire during windy conditions.
Open burning will not be allowed until significant rainfall is received over the area. All local fire service agencies also are suspending burning at this time. For more information, call 262-4124.
Community workshop planned
The South Peninsula Women's Services will sponsor a five-day community awareness workshop on domestic violence and sexual assault from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily schedule will vary) today through Monday at 3776 Lake St. in Homer. Topics will cover the dynamics and escalating nature of domestic violence, the effect of domestic violence on children and how a community's response to domestic violence and sexual assault impacts victims. The cost is $35 for training materials. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. For more information, call Sue or Sandy at (907) 235-7712.
CPHC to discuss new medical facility
Central Peninsula Health Centers will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Cottonwood Health Center, 170 E. Corral St. in Soldotna. Plans for a proposed new medical facility in Soldotna will be viewed and discussed. The Health Centers' mission is to provide quality medical, dental and behavioral health services, regardless of the ability to pay. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 335-2022.
Nikiski seniors to meet
The Nikiski Senior Citizens Inc. will hold a special board meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the center. The purpose of the meeting is to choose the architect that will begin design work on the senior housing project. For more information, call Leigh at 776-7654.
Phone card donations sought
The Alaska District of the Postal Service is sponsoring a campaign called "Let Freedom Ring" that allows customers to purchase a $10 USPS Global International phone card and donate it to Alaska military personnel serving overseas. Cards may be purchased and donated at the post office in Soldotna. The campaign will run through July 9.
Square dance club to meet
The Peninsula Square Dance Club will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the North Star Dance Studio, Mile 88.3 on the Sterling Highway. For more information, call Dudley at 260-2691, Betty at 262-9387 or Don at 776-8781.
Nutrition classes slated
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank will begin a series of nutrition classes titled "Eating Right is Basic." Classes will meet every at 4 p.m. Monday's beginning July 12 through Aug. 30 at the food bank. Colleen Deal will instruct. Classes will focus on processing natural Alaskan resources- wild game, berries and salmon. The class objective is how to meet dietary needs and lose weight at the same time. For more information, call Cameron O'Connell at 262-3111.
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