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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Power outage affects peninsula

A problem at Chugach Electric's Beluga power plant early Tuesday morning resulted in a power outage for a couple of areas on the Kenai Peninsula.

The incident occurred at 1:10 a.m. when one of the gas-fired turbines at the Beluga plant on the west side of Cook Inlet tripped and went off-line. The loss of the generation resulted in a disruption to the electric grid that serves much of Railbelt area.

Homer Electric responded to the disruption by automatically reducing the amount of load on the system. The two areas that lost power were Kasilof and Fritz Creek, east of Homer. Approximately 1,800 members were without electricity during the outage.

Personnel at the Chugach Beluga plant were able to restart the generator and power was restored to the affected areas at 2:10 a.m.

Bears to be discussed

The Kenai Community Library will host a presentation titled "Living Among Alaska's Bears" at 6:30 p.m. today at the library at 163 Main Street Loop. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Technician Larry Lewis will give the presentation. He will discuss Kenai's bear population, local problems with bears and how to keep neighborhoods safe. For more information, call 283-4378.

College opens new building Thursday

Kenai Peninsula College invites the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Mining and Petroleum Training Services facility at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. KPC's annual welcome back barbecue will immediately follow the ceremony from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The ceremony and barbecue are being held in conjunction with the first day of general walk-in registration for the fall semester. Walk-in registration will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Online registration at continues through Saturday. Fall semester classes begin Monday. For more information, call Campus Services at the Kenai River Campus at 262-0330.

Boys and Girls Club closure continues

The Boys and Girls Club Kenai Clubhouse will be closed through Friday. School year clubhouse starts Monday. Registration is ongoing for youth from the first grade to age 12. The Teen Center will remain open. For more information, call the center at 283-3855 or Kimberli Dent at 398-2370.

Boys Scouts take to the sky

Alaska Airmen's Association will host an aviation merit badge program from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Civil Air Patrol hangar at the Kenai Municipal Airport for registered area Boy Scouts.

The aviation merit badge program is designed to complete and sign off the aviation merit badge requirements in a one-day program. Part one on pages four and five must be completed prior to Sept. 15 to receive a merit badge.

The registration deadline is Sept. 7. Registration is required to guarantee space in the program. There is no fee for the program.

For more information, call the Alaska Airmen's Association at 245-1251, e-mail them at or call Camille Vega, district executive, Boy Scouts of America at 283-1699.

Kennel club gears up for fall classes

The Kenai Kennel Club is planning its fall classes at its facility in the C Plaza in Kenai. Classes include agility, puppy kindergarten and obedience. Sign-ups also are being taken for conformation and Canine Good Citizen classes. For more information or to sign up for a class, call the club at 335-2552 and leave a message.

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