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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

All driftnet, some setnet fishing closed today

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed today's scheduled open period for commercial salmon driftnetters in all areas of the central district of upper Cook Inlet.

In the emergency order from area management biologist Jeff Fox in Soldotna, setnetting also is closed today in the northern district and all areas of the upper subdistrict of the central district except that portion of the Kasilof section within one-half mile of the mean high tide mark.

The closures were necessary to increase the sockeye salmon escapement into the Susitna and Kenai rivers.

For more information, call the department at 262-9368.

Forum planned for peninsula judges

Area residents will have an opportunity to meet area judges and ask questions about the courts at a forum today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Merit Inn banquet room at 260 S. Willow St. in Kenai.

Bible school scheduled

St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church will hold a vacation Bible school July 31 through Aug. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration will be held today from noon to 3 p.m. at the church at 110 S. Spruce St. in Kenai. All children in grades kindergarten through seventh may attend.

For more information, call 776-5688 or 283-7793.

Flea market slated

The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church is sponsoring a flea market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. across from Sourdough Sal's. To rent a space or for more information, call Nancy Bergevin at 262-9693.

Fund-raiser for transplant patient set

There will be a spaghetti feed and fund-raiser, including a Chinese auction, for Kelcee Bass Bittick at 6 p.m. Saturday at Goodnight Out, next to Dairy Queen in Soldotna. The cost is $6. Kelcee is 11 and in need of a heart transplant. On Aug. 2 she is leaving for tissue samples. To donate funds, send them to Kelcee Bass Bittick, Box 2145, Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information, call 260-4815.

Ticket sales end soon

Sockeye Salmon Count Classic tickets are for sale until July 30. Ticket holders need to correctly guess the number of fish that will cross the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's counter as of noon Aug. 7. Winners will share in half the proceeds. For more information, call 262-6808.

Community celebration scheduled

Sterling Community days will take place Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the log cabin on the corner of the Sterling Highway and Swanson River Road. There will be a 5- and 10-kilometer run, a bike race for age groups from 2 to 15, an auction, barbecue, clowns and kids games and entertainment. For more information, call 262-6764.

Chamber accepting 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 nominees names, phone number, location or address and be submitted to the Soldotna chamber, faxed to 262-3566 or e-mailed to

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