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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2002

Fish and Game asks help in test-netting project

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking for anglers' cooperation in conducting a test-netting project in the lower Kenai River, at approximately river mile 8.5, adjacent to the king salmon sonar site.

With the increased use of this area by sport fishers in July, it has become more difficult for Fish and Game crews to motor into the drift channel and sample the in-river return of king salmon. The information collected by this project is important for managing the fisheries for Kenai River king salmon.

The department's netting boat operates every day, generally 4 hours before and after low tide from May 16 to Aug. 10.

The department asks that if anglers see the project boat waiting to deploy the net into the river to allow the courtesy of a space for workers to do so. In turn, the department netting crew will try to avoid anglers that have already entered the netting area.

Football camp registration begins today

Kenai Peninsula Football Camp registration begins today at 8:30 a.m. at Soldotna High School. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day Monday through Thursday. All Pop Warner players in fourth through ninth grades and coaches are invited to attend the camp.

This year's camp theme is "Fundamentals and Fun." The camp features include a punt, pass and kick competition, a 7-on-7 touch football championship, and individual fundamental football drills and position technique. The cost of the camp is $50 per athlete.

Football officials group to meet this evening

The Kenai Peninsula Football Officials Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. today the Cyber Cafe in Soldotna. Anyone interested in officiating football this season is welcome. Applications, tests and rule books will be available.

For more information, call Randy Sparks at 262-7293.

Area woman to speak at Kenai Women's Aglow

Kenai Women's Aglow will host Debbie Grimes at 7 tonight in the Salvation Army Chapel in Kenai. Grimes lives on the Kenai Peninsula and will share an encouraging message for all women.

Last swimming session starts today

The last two sessions of swimming lessons at the Kenai Pool begin today and run Monday through Friday for two weeks. Cost is $40. For more information, call 283-7476.

Visitors Center plans interpretive programs

The summer interpretive program at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center will offer visitors a chance to learn how Cook Inlet was formed by monumental geological forces today. During the weekly "Science on the Kenai" presentation, Soldotna geologist Dick Reger will discuss the geology of Cook Inlet.

Wednesday, during "Arts on the Kenai," Kenai photographer William Heath will demonstrate his cutting edge digital photography techniques.

On Friday, Dana Woodard, curator of the center's museum, will talk about Capt. James Cook's visits to Alaska. She will display both first- and second-edition copies of Cook's "Journal of the Pacific."

All summer interpretive programs begin at 3 p.m. and are free of charge. For more information, call 283-1991.

Torgerson to speak at Soldotna chamber

Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, will present a Senate update Tuesday at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's weekly meeting, beginning at noon at the Riverside House. For more information, call 262-9814.

KDLL board to meet Tuesday

KDLL's Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the KDLL studio in the Economic Development District building, three miles north of Kenai. The meeting is open to the public.

Homer chamber plans July mixer

The Homer Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its July "Chamber Mixer" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. It will be a beach party at Honey's Place Bed and Breakfast, located 1.5 miles down the Spit Road. The mixer is co-hosted by Eagle Eye Helicopter, which specializes in aerial photography. The event will include music, refreshments, a bonfire and door prizes. Chamber mixers are open to Homer Chamber of Commerce members and those interested in joining the chamber. For more information, call (907) 235-7740.

Geology lecture to offer trip through time

Area expert geologist Dick Reger will offer a tour through time Saturday during an all-day presentation on the last major glaciation and the cutting of the Kenai River valley. The program, sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will begin at the Soldotna Visitor's Center. Car pooling will be arranged to take participants to five different lecture locations. Participants should bring a bag lunch.

All Kenai Watershed Forum summer programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 260-5449 or visit the Web site at

Soldotna Senior Center plans summer events

The Soldotna Senior Center's summer bazaar will be July 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a wide selection of crafts, baked goods, jams and jellies available for sale, as well as a festive lunch menu to choose from. A quilt show will be presented at 197 W. Park Ave., as will an antique display.

The Soldotna Senior Center's Endowment Board of Trustees barbecue fund-raiser also will be July 27, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 262-2322.

WRCC offers aid, volunteer opportunities

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center has free clothing for infants, children, women and men. All clothing is received on a donation basis from community members. The Clothes Closet is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, or to make a donation, call Barbara at 283-9479.

The WRCC also is inviting community members to help end violence by volunteering their time at the shelter, transitional living center or nutrition and child care programs. For more information, call June at 283-1946 or drop by the WRCC and pick up a volunteer application.

Other volunteer opportunities include the women's run on Aug. 10 and the radiothon on Sept. 9.

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