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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2001

Burn ban in effect

A burn ban is in effect on all Chugach National Forest lands due to very dry fuel conditions. The ban prohibits all open fires, including debris and trash fires, burn barrels and cooking or warming fires that are not in pre-established recreational area.

Campfires are allowed in pre-existing fire rings in established campgrounds and recreational areas. Before leaving a recreational area, campers are asked to please use water to extinguish fires and feel for heat with the back of the hand before leaving the area to ensure that the fire is out.

Backpackers may use camp stoves.

The use of fireworks is illegal within Chugach National Forest. Citations will be issued to those using fireworks, and penalties include fines up to $500 and/or jail time.

The burn ban on the Chugach National Forest will be in effect until adequate moisture is received over the entire vicinity affected by the closure.

There also is a burn ban for the entire Kenai Peninsula, including non-forest lands, as directed by the Division of Forestry.

Panel salmon discussion planned

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is sponsoring a discussion by a panel of salmon industry experts today from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building. For more information, call (800) 478-2903.

Class reunion scheduled

The 20th reunion of the 1981 classes of Soldotna and Kenai will be today and Saturday. For registration, call 262-2398 or send an e-mail to

Youth art workshop to be held

The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center is hosting summer art workshops for youths beginning with a printmaking class Saturday. Children ages 5 to 9 will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and children ages 10 to 15 will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Annual membership meeting scheduled

United Cook Inlet Drift Association will hold its annual membership meeting Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kenai Elks Club. For more information, call Cindy Hall at 260-9436.

Russian influence to be discussed

Dorothy Gray will speak about Russian influences on the Kenai Peninsula Saturday at 7 p.m. near site No. 15 at the Discovery campground in Captain Cook State Recreation Area.

Races planned for weekend

The Alaska Sports Car Club is sponsoring a sports car race at the Soldotna Municipal Airport on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, participants can race their own cars. Registration is at 3 p.m. For more information, call 260-3926.

Meeting planned for adult leaders

The 4-H Peninsula Council is recruiting for adult leaders to train for shooting sports. There will be four disciplines of air rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery. There will be a meeting for those interested July 7 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 262-5200.

Poetry slam slated for July

The Kenai Community Library is hosting its first poetry slam July 13 at the Old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. Registration is at 6 p.m., and the slam begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 and includes soup, salad bar, roll and a choice of beverage.

Golf tournament to be held

The ninth annual Curly Ashfield Memorial Golf Tournament will be July 14 at the Kenai Golf Course. Tee time for the four-person scramble for best ball is at 8 a.m., and the entry fee is $60. The tournament will be played with irons only.

Teams can be selected prior to the tournament or they will be drawn at 7:45 a.m. Proceeds go to assisting youth sports. For more information call 283-4433 or send an email to

Low cost spay and neuter clinic scheduled

The Alaska SPCA is returning to the Kenai Peninsula to offer an additional low-cost spay and neuter clinic July 13-16. The cost is $50 for female dogs, $40 for male dogs, $40 for female cats and $25 for male cats.

Low-cost vaccinations are also available on those dates after noon. For more information, call Nancy Wall at 262-1264.

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