Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2006

Coal project hearings scheduled

Public testimony on the proposed Chuitna coal project will be accepted during Environmental Protection Agency open houses and public meetings today at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building.

The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m.; a presentation and question and answer session will be at 6:30 p.m.; and public testimony will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Meetings also will be conducted in Beluga and Tyonek on Wednesday. For more information, call Hanh Shaw at (206) 553-0171 or visit

Genealogy classes offered

Totem Tracers will offer genealogy classes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 23 at the Kenai Community Library. Preregistration is required. Sign up at the library or call Tracy at 262-4897.

Legion holds fundraiser

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 is having a fish fry fundraiser for the Ashley Falgout family. Ashley died in a car wreck June 10. The event is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Convention Hall of the American Legion in Old Town Kenai. The cost is $7 per plate.

For more information, call Connie at 283-4331.

Progress Days gearing up

Applications for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce’s annual Progress Days parade are available online at or by visiting the chamber office. The parade will take place July 22.

Vendor space also is available for the Progress Days festival, which runs July 22 and 23 in Soldotna Creek Park.

For more information, call 262-9811.

Paddle, bike, run for Chugach Forest

To celebrate the 99th birthday of the Chugach National Forest, people are being invited to paddle, bike and run in a 20-mile long triathlon July 29.

The Chugach Challenge begins at 1 p.m., rain or shine, at Summit Lake Lodge, Mile 45.5 of the Seward Highway, and includes paddling 5 kilometers across Summit Lake, a 20-kilometer road bike ride and a 5-kilometer trail run.

Individuals and relay teams are asked to preregister by July 13. Preregistration costs $50 per person or $100 per team. After July 13, registration will cost $60 per person and $120 per team.

Registration forms and more information are available online at

Volunteers needed for run

The LeeShore Center is seeking volunteers to help with its 19th annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women. Volunteers are needed to staff water tables, serve lunch and be flaggers. Flaggers will take a short safety course at the Kenai Police Department a few days before the run. The race will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 12. Warm-up begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 283-9479.

KPBSD plans Title Vll meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a Title Vll Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Borough Building in Conference Room A. It is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP call 714-8892, ext. 8866.

Safe Sitter courses offered

Central Peninsula General Hospital will hold a Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 at the hospital. Children must be 11 years-old at the time of class and must preregister. The cost is $50 per student and includes materials. For more information, call Michelle McKay at 714-4775.

Self-defense class offered

A self-defense class for women titled “Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. The course will be taught by Brigham Young University campus police officers. Head instructor is Randy O’Harra. Women ages 14 and over may attend. The cost is $40 (proceeds after base costs will be donated.) Preregistration is suggested. Class size is limited to 50. For more information, call Kath Carlson at 283-0858.

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