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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Soldotna Chamber lunch held today

The Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon meeting will be today at noon at the Riverside House. The speaker will be Stirling Wright, vice president and general manager for the Anchorage Aces. For more information, call 262-9814.

Road construction to begin on North Road

Foster Construction will begin work on the North Kenai Spur Highway, between mileposts 22 and 28, today and continue through Sept. 28.

All residents and other motorists are urged to use alternate routes in order to avoid delays. Work will start at mile 27.5 and proceed south through Nikiski to the Tesoro refinery.

Traffic control personnel will direct all northbound and southbound traffic to follow a pilot car, using a one-lane traffic pattern. Motorists can expect delays of up to 30 minutes or longer during peak times of the day.

Emergency vehicles will be given the right of way.

For more information, call Foster Construction at 262-9139.

Council candidates to speak at Kenai chamber

The Greater Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon will be Wednesday at noon at the old Town Village Restaurant in Kenai. The guest speakers will be the Kenai City Council candidates. The program will be moderated by Jim Heim of KSRM. The public is invited.

First aid and CPR class offered

The American Red Cross will hold a community first aid and CPR class Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Preregistration is required.

Call Debra Holle to preregister at 262-4541. Course fees enable the Red Cross to provide prompt disaster relief to Kenai Peninsula Families.

CPGH representatives to speak at Nikiski chamber

The North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will hold its weekly luncheon meeting Thursday at noon at the Lighthouse Inn. Diana Zirul and Jay Seigfried of Central Peninsula General Hospital will be speaking. The public is invited.

Volunteers needed

The United Way is looking for community volunteers to assist with the upcoming United Way public information campaign. Anyone interested in assisting may attend the training held Thursday. Call the United Way office to register. For more information contact Evy Gebhardt at the Kenai Peninsula United Way office at 283-9500.

Last low-cost spay clinic to be held

The last scheduled Alaska SPCA low-cost say clinic for this season will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From then on the clinic is at the mercy of the weather. Low-cost vaccinations will be available on those dates from noon to 4 p.m. Surgery prices are $50 for female dogs, $40 for male dogs and female cats and $25 for male cats. For appointments or more information call Nancy Wall at 262-1624.

Pancake breakfast planned

The Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc. is sponsoring a pancake breakfast Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the community hall on Bean Creek Road. All you can eat sourdough or potato pancakes come with sausage, juice and coffee for $6. Free blood pressure readings with your pancakes. Cooper Landing seniors are working toward construction of senior housing. For more information call Anne Engbers at 595-1810.

Free children's developmental screening offered

Contact Frontier Community Services Early Intervention for a free developmental screening to be held Saturday. The screening is available for children ages birth to three years of age.

KSRM Radiothon planned

The 17th annual KSRM/WRCC Radiothon Fund-raiser, which supports the Kenai/Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center, will be Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on KSRM radio 92 AM. This is WRCC's only fundraising event.

Cash and in-kind donations pledged during the Radiothon support the agency's services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the agency's community and school prevention programs. In addition, WRCC is seeking contributions towards construction of a new 528 square foot community meeting room addition to the Center. For a list of needed materials, contact Natalie at 283-9479.

To make a pledge during the Radiothon, call 283-5811 on Monday or mail a pledge to: Women's Resource and Crisis Center, 325 S. Spruce St., Kenai, AK 99611.

Investment representatives announce local visits

Representatives of the Alaska Division of Investments and SBA will be on the Kenai Peninsula doing outreach work with commercial fishers the week of Sept. 10. They will be at the Kenai City Hall on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Homer City Hall on Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Nikolaevsk School Library on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, but participants should bring copies of their 2000 income tax returns and 2001 fish statements. For questions contact the Division of Investments at 800-478 LOAN or 907-269-8150 or SBA at 800-755-7034 or 907-271-4022.

Consumer-Directed Program training session offered

The Independent Living Center will host a community training session for individuals with disabilities, personal care attendants, or anyone else that is interested in learning about the Consumer-Directed Program on Sept. 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soldotna Senior Center. The Consumer-Directed Program is scheduled to replace the Independent PCA Program on Oct. 1.

Food safety class offered

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is offering a four-hour food safety training class. The Serving Safe Food in Alaska class will be offered Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Peninsula General Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Illiamna room, and Sept. 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Central Peninsula Sports Center, 538 Arena Avenue. The class is free and preregistration is required.

The class is geared toward those who currently work or want to work in a restaurant or other food service establishment. It will cover the need for food safety, personal hygiene, receiving and storage, preparation, cooking and service and proper cleaning and sanitizing. For more information or to register contact Jeri Lohmer at 262-5210, extension 237 or e-mail:

Boaters warned to take care in high water levels

The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is advising all boaters on the Kenai River to take extra precautions to ensure their safety during this time of high water levels. Unusually swift currents combined with cold water can make boating more challenging and dangerous than normal. All persons are advised to always wear life jackets when on the river, and to be watchful of unexpected floating debris such as logs, trees or other items. Parents are reminded that state law requires that all children 13 years of age and younger are required to wear approved life jackets any time they are in a boat.

The high water condition has also increased the level of bank erosion on the Kenai River. Power boaters are asked to use the center of the river whenever possible so that boat wakes generated by their passing will be reduced by the time they hit the river banks. Power boaters are also asked not to run their boats immediately adjacent to a riverbank. Maintaining the natural vegetation along the Kenai River is important for maintaining private and public property and for healthy fish habitat. Unnatural erosion caused by powerboats is seen as an increasing threat to maintaining healthy riverbanks along the Kenai River.

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