Around the Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Carter to discuss workforce development

Jim Carter of the Economic Development District will discuss workforce development at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting at noon today at the Riverside House. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 262-9814.

KBBI board meets tonight

KBBI radio's board of directors will meet at 6:15 p.m. today at the KBBI studio, 3913 Kachemak Way in Homer. The public is welcome to attend.

Airport commission to hold special meeting

The Kenai Airport Commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kenai City Council chambers to discuss proposed modifications to gates, fencing, property lines and public parking in the general aviation area at the Kenai Municipal Airport. The public is invited to attend. Additional information is available through the city clerk's office at 210 Fidalgo Ave., suite 200 or online at

Astronaut to visit Kenai clubhouse

The Boys and Girls Club in Kenai will host astronaut Bill Oefelein from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Oefelein is originally from Anchorage and is assigned as a pilot on the STS-116 space shuttle mission. He will give a multimedia presentation on the space program. Following the program, free root-beer floats will be served. The public is invited to attend the event at the club at 705 Frontage Road. The event is sponsored by ConocoPhillips. For more information, call 283-2862.

Wellness retreats planned

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe IRA has planned two wellness retreats, and the registration deadline for both is Wednesday.

The first retreat is for women age 18 or older, and will be Friday through Sunday at Spirit Lake Camp. A pre-retreat screening of height, weight, blood pressure and lipid panel will be done. For those that are diabetic a recent Hgb A1C is required. The retreat will focus on nutrition, alternative therapies and physical activities.

A three-day family retreat also is planned for July 18 to 20 at the Spirit Lake Campground. It is for ages 4 and up, and a parent or grandparent must be in attendance and plan to spend all three days. A pre-retreat screening for weight, height and blood pressure is required.

For more information, a complete list of what to bring and to preregister, call 335-2100.

Steering committee meets Thursday

The Healthy Communities-Healthy People steering committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bridges, 145 Kasilof St. in Soldotna. For more information, call 260-3800.

Spruce bark beetle, deformed frog programs set

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host Mike Fastabend of the Spruce Bark Beetle office at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Creek Park, under the picnic shelter. Fastabend will lead a short hike to point out beetle kill and manifestations near the Kenai River. He also will explain the epidemic and answer any questions. There is no fee. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and to R.S.V.P. for the hike. For more information, call Josselyn at 260-5449.

The forum also will present Jordan Stout, an environmental contaminants specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Stout will give an introduction to the service's malformed frog surveys and related research being done on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Participants then will get to help Stout catch frogs and collect data for this year's survey. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at the north end of Swanson River Road and should bring hip waders or rubber boots. The program is free, but participants are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling 260-5449.

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