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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Mystery Creek access road open

Robin West, manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, announced that the seasonal opening of the Mystery Creek access road and a portion of the Alaska Pipeline Company's right of way has begun. The area is scheduled to close again Oct. 21, but the pipeline corridor may close earlier if weather and road conditions tend toward surface damage or if fires occur in the area.

West reminds users that there may be areas of standing water with soft bottoms. Two-wheel-drive vehicles are not recommended. All travel is at the users' own risk and limited to the established road and right of way.

Travel east of the pipeline right of way or beyond the eastern bank of the Moose River's east fork is unauthorized.

Note that all-terrain vehicles, including three- and four-wheelers, are forbidden in any part of the refuge, including the Mystery Creek Road.

For more information, call the refuge at 262-7021.

Cooper Landing highway plans info available

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will hold "Listening Post" public information sessions about the Sterling Highway Milepost 45-60 rebuild plans.

The preliminary plans call for a major rerouting of the highway in the Cooper Landing area.

The Listening Posts will have maps, schedules and other information as well as project staff available to answer questions.

One session will be today in Cooper Landing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the boat launch by the Kenai Lake bridge.

The sessions are part of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement planning process.

There will be other opportunities for public review and comment later.

For more information, check out the project Web site at http://sterlinghighway.net or call DOT&PF Project Manager Miriam Tanaka (907) 269-0546 or HDR Alaska Inc. team Project Manager Mark Dalton at (907) 274-2000.

Old-timer's reunion planned

The Old-Timer's annual reunion is today at the Kenai Senior Center. Coffee and salads are available at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Cost is $4.

All "old-timers" are invited for lunch, music, memorials and visiting.

Preregistration is helpful. For more information, call the center at 283-4156, Peggy Arness at 776-8651 or Donnis Thompson at 776-8721.

Pressure canner testing offered

The Cooperative Extension Service offers free testing of pressure canner dial gauges every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Extension office in the Doors and Windows Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

To assure food is safely canned, it is essential to check gauges annually for accuracy. Weighted gauges do not need checking.

For more information, call the Extension Service at 262-5824.

School shot clinics continue

The Kenai Public Health nurses are offering extended hours for back-to-school shots.

In Kenai, shots are available at the new clinic at 630 Barnacle Way today from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

In Soldotna, shots are available at the Elks Lodge at 44560 Parkway today and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

In Homer, shots are available at the health center from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. daily through Friday.

Parents from SMS invited to meet

After the Bell invites Soldotna Middle School parents to the "First Quarter Jump Start" for middle school students Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school library.

Staff will offer an overview of the plan for a year-long program to

assist middle school students and their parents map out a successful year.

Refreshments will be served. Organizational packets will be available. Call 398-3083 to register.

Food Bank seeks donations

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Fifth Annual Soup and Supper Auction will be Sept. 7 at the Soldotna Sports Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers are seeking sponsors and donations of items for the auction from individuals, local artists, businesses and corporations. Every donation made to the food bank will be receipted and is tax deductible at fair market value. All donations received by Aug. 31 will be listed in the program.

For donation forms, tickets or information call 262-3111.

Blood donations needed

The Blood Bank of Alaska needs blood donations from people with all blood types. There is a particular need for type O blood. Type O negative blood may be given to any patient, regardless of blood type. Currently the blood bank's inventory is at the emergency level on both O positive and O negative blood.

For more information, call 260-5672.

Advisory council committee to meet

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) will meet Tuesday in Kenai. For more information, call 283-7222 or (800) 652-7222.

Low-cost prescription program available

The Patient Assistance Network can help people apply for enrollment in programs that have free and low-cost prescription drugs available to qualified individuals. It also helps individuals who are without prescription drug coverage obtain a pharmacy discount card if their income is too high to qualify for free prescriptions.

For more information, call (800) 277-0419.



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