Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2000

God and Country Rally tonight

This year's God and Country Rally will feature retired 23-year Secret Service Agent Chuck Brewster, who was the lead detective on the investigation of the attempted assassination of President Reagan. He served three presidents and also served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

The rally also will feature a live band, special music, World War II testimony, color guard and recognition of all service men. The rally starts Sunday at 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

Fire danger high on Kenai Peninsula

Fire danger has returned to 'high' for portions of the Kenai Peninsula, including Swanson River, Nikiski, Caribou Hills, Cooper Landing, the cities of Kenai and Soldotna and especially in spruce and duff areas.

Recent rainfall and high humidities have moderated the danger of wildfire. However, the total rainfall for May and June, for weather stations on the Kenai Peninsula, averaged just 43 percent of normal. Scattered showers do little to affect subsurface drying and mislead the public.

The misconception is that a light rain will put out the fire. On a windy day, the spruce forests are prime for wildfire disaster.

Nikiski Fire Service has suspended burning permits until further notice.

Alaska State Forestry is urging everyone to use caution this holiday weekend. Use established camping areas, if possible. If fishing or camping outside established campgrounds, extra precautions are urged;

Campfires must be built on dirt, well away from vegetation, especially duff and spruce;

Have water on site before lighting the fire;

Never burn during windy conditions;

Make sure fire is out before leaving.

Also, fireworks are illegal in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and on all forested lands in Alaska. Citations will be issued to those using fireworks. Penalties include fines up to $500 and jail time. In addition, by law, the state may recover up to twice the value of the resources damaged by an escape fire, plus suppression costs.

Free genealogy tips at Kenai Community Library

The Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogy Society offers a work/help session the second Saturday of each month in the conference room of the Kenai Community Library from 1 to 3 p.m. The next session will be held July 8. The society works to provide help and explain the library's genealogy resources.

The society meets the fourth Thursday of each month in the Kenai Community Library conference room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The next meeting will be held July 28. All are welcome to attend.

Grade-schoolers invited to Summer Camp 2000

Summer Camp 2000 is an educational program carefully designed to stimulate children, grades K-6, to explore and expand their talents and abilities. Summer Camp provides children with a wholesome learning environment, individual attention and instruction from a caring staff. Each three-week session features classes of high interest with a family day presentation on the last day of each session.

Offerings include: cooking, sports/games/puzzles, performing arts/movement, computers and reading fun, fine arts/ceramics, foreign language and drama productions.

Session II of Summer Camp runs from July 10 through 28. Tuition for 15 days, mornings only, $160; 15 days, afternoons only, $160; both a.m. and p.m., $275.

For more information, call Rosie Reeder at 262-6768.

Challenger Center to launch, T-minus: 7 days

The official launch ceremony for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is July 7.

Visiting the event will be U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and wife Catherine, family members of 51-L Challenger Mission Crew and other dignitaries in the dedication of Alaska's educational space center.

Outdoor launch festivities for the community will be at 2 p.m. The dedication ceremonies and the opening of space center will occur at 2:30 p.m.

Golf tournament slated

The Twin Cities Soroptimists Club, along with Preceptor Pi of Beta Sigma Pi, will present the fifth annual "Chip Away" Golf Tournament 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Golf Course.

The cost is $35, with greens fee, barbecue at 5:30 p.m. and prizes included.

All proceeds go to the Soroptimists' Cancer Fund administered through Central Peninsula General Hospital Patient Assistance Fund.

For more information, call Lori Brown at 260-5959.

Tour of historic cabin planned

Catherine Cassidy, of the Kasilof Historical Society, will lead a tour of the Victor Holm cabin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds go toward restoration and maintenance of the historical site.

For more information or to register, call the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust office at 260-1999.

Library in need of volunteers

Friends of the Library are looking for volunteer to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. Interested individuals may pick up applications or get more information at Kenai Community Library. Deadline for applying is July 10.

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