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Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

Council candidates to speak at Kenai chamber

The Greater Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon will be today 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.

CPGH officials to speak at Nikiski chamber lunch

The North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is holding its weekly luncheon meeting Thursday at noon at the Lighthouse Inn. Diana Zirul and Jay Seigfried of Central Peninsula General Hospital will speak. The public is welcome to attend.

United Way seeking volunteers

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 of season to be held

The last scheduled Alaska SPCA low-cost spay clinic for this season will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From then on, the clinic will be 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.

Fred Bear returns to Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer will have a welcome back from vacation party for Fred Bear Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free pictures with the kids, a cake walk, a coloring contest and free cookies for everyone. Fred Bear has been on vacation.

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. Blood pressure readings are free 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 3 years of age.

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 Tuesday 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 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, Iliamna room, and Sept. 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna 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 an increasing threat to maintaining healthy riverbanks along the Kenai River.

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