Around the Peninsula

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001

Tanner crab harvest reduced

Due to low numbers of Tanner crabs in the southern district which includes the Kachemak Bay area, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has reduced the bag limits in the sport and personal use Tanner crab fishery.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the first day of the season, catches have been reduced to five crab per day. Additionally, each individual may now only deploy one pot with no more than two pots allowed per vessel.

Previous regulations remain in effect. They can be found in the sport fishing regulation book.

Poetry slam slated for tonight in Kenai

The Kenai Community Library is hosting its first poetry slam today 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.

Farmer's market opens

The Central Peninsula Farmer's Market will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. across the street from JoAnn's Fabrics in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-5463 or 262-7502.

Alaska tales to be shared Saturday

The Captain Cook State Recreation Area Campfire Program will present Bill Hansen's "real" Alaska tales Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Captain Cook State Recreation Area shelter near site 15. Participants are asked not to bring pets to the program.

Benefit to be held for Skyview graduate

There will be a Chinese auction benefit for Shala Todd at the Duck Inn on Saturday at 6 p.m. Cash donations can be made at Alaska Credit Union under Judith Moss, No. 261368. Todd, a 26-year-old Skyview graduate, was in Japan teaching English as a second language when she was in a car accident. She is now in a coma and needs funds for health care. For more information, call Debbie Barnett at 262-1849.

Deadline for writing contest is Saturday

All entries for the Soldotna Public Library summer writing contest for children in kindergarten to eighth grade should be received by 6 p.m. Saturday. Winners will be announced July 21. For more information, stop by the library or call 262-4227.

Health center relocation on schedule

The Kenai Public Health Office will be moving locations next week and will be closed to all but urgent problems. All immunizations will be canceled for next week. The office will reopen at 630 Barnacle Way July 23. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new phone number is 335-3400. Until Monday, the phone number remains 283-4871.

Class to teach safe food handling

A "Serving Safe Food in Alaska" class will be held July 20 at the Soldotna Senior Center from 5 to 9 p.m. The class is for those who serve food in Alaska. The program is designed by Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to assure safe food handling. The course will discuss personal hygiene, food storage, preparation, cooking, and proper cleaning and sanitizing.

The class is free but preregistration is requested. For more information, call Jeri Lohmer at 262-5210 ext. 237.

Soldotna chamber seeks beautification nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the new Soldotna Beautification Awards Program co-sponsored by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Booths Landscaping. The program will recognize individuals and businesses for their beautification efforts in the Soldotna area.

The categories are most attractive business, most attractive residence, most creative and most improved.

The winners will be judged the third week in August. Nominations must include the nominee's name, phone number, location or address and be submitted to the Soldotna chamber, faxed to 262-3566 or e-mailed to

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