Community News

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2004

Islands and Ocean Center plans fall events

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center will host a series of beach walks off Bishop's Beach. Guided walks among the tide pools will begin at 8:30 a.m. today, at 9 a.m. Tuesday and at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Boots are highly recommended.

For more information, call Megan Murphy at (907) 226-4629.

Aviation scholarships available

The Alaska Airmen's Association Inc. recently created three annual individual $2,500 scholarships to promote professional development and aviation careers. The application deadline is Sept. 30. Scholarships will be awarded later in the fall.

The John P. Culhane Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in professional piloting. The funds may be used to obtain a private pilot certificate or any advanced ratings needed as the student works to obtain his or her commercial pilot rating or ATP.

The F. Atlee Dodge Maintenance Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career as an aircraft maintenance technician, including those currently enrolled in an accredited airframe and power plant (A&P) program at an approved FAR Part 147 school. For more than 60 years, Dodge has contributed engineering, design, fabrication and certification of aircraft parts to accommodate Alaska's unique flying conditions.

The Bob Reeve Professional Aviation Management Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant to pursue his or her educational goal of a career in aviation management. It also can be applied to aviation operations, safety, education, training, scheduling, dispatching and law. Reeve Aleutian Airways served Alaska for nearly 70 years.

All awards will be made to U.S. citizens without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin. The Alaska Airmen will annually award students who are officially enrolled at an accredited university or aviation institution.

For more information or an application, visit or call (907) 245-1251.

Artists in Schools accepting applications

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsoring schools are accepting applications for the Artist in Schools Program. Artist in visual, literary, traditional Native and performing art forms are encouraged to apply.

The AIS program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a variety of art forms and enable them to share their skill in a variety of situations ranging from large urban schools to small bush schools for a period of two to 16 weeks. Artist are paid a fee, a supply budget and travel expenses. Food and housing also are provided.

Application forms are available online at www.eed.state.ak aksca. Application deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information, call (907) 269-6682 or e-mail

Affordable helmets available

The central Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids program has low cost bike and multisport helmets available.

Parents are reminded that a proper fit and positioning of the helmet are essential to its effectiveness. Children who wear their helmet tipped back on their head have a 52 percent greater risk of head injury than those who wear them centered on their head.

The cost for a bike helmet is $5, or $10 for a multisport helmet. For more information, call Jane at 714-4539 or Dr. Byron McCord's office at 262-5472.

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