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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

Fire training slated for today, Sept. 19

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations will conduct "live fire" training during the month of September for its emergency response team. Occasionally there may be small clouds of smoke or possibly open flames visible from the highway near the plant at Mile 21.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Training will be conducted today and Sept. 19.

United Way kicks off 2001 campaign today

The Kenai Peninsula United Way will have its 2001 campaign kick-off from 6 to 8 tonight at the Kenai Senior Center. There will be entertainment by the Spur Highway Spankers, refreshments and door prizes.

Geologist to speak at Kasilof meeting

The Kasilof Historical Society will have its first meeting of the season tonight. The business meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. Geologist Richard Reger will be the speaker. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 262-2439.

Peninsula Allergy Network to meet tonight

The Peninsula Allergy Network will meet at 6:30 tonight at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The topic will be "Back-to-School Issues." The group meets the second Thursday of every month. For more information, call Deb Nyquist at 283-1683 or Ruth Lewis at 260-3320.

Historical society plans Fall Fling

The Soldotna Historical Society will hold its semi-annual membership meeting called the Fall Fling beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Members are encouraged to bring a salad or dessert. The board will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. A brief meeting will be held, followed by speaker Carol Ford, who will talk on her Alaska Humanities project "Patch of Quotes."

The event will be at the Homestead Village and Museum on Centennial Road in Soldotna.

Coastwalk event planned

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will hold its 17th annual Kachemak Bay Coastwalk during "Coastweeks," which runs from Saturday through Sept. 29. Coastwalk is an all-volunteer effort to gather information about wildlife and human impact on the beaches of Kachemak Bay. Participants sign up to walk one of 32 zones around the bay and record their findings.

Coastwalk will begin with a volunteer gathering and desert potluck at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies office on the corner of Lake Street and Smokey Bay Way in Homer. Coastwalkers can register for their zone, pick up their instructions, map and checklist at this event or by calling CACS at (907) 235-6667.

Alaska Independent Blind chapter to meet Monday

The monthly meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Alaska Independent Blind will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fireweed Medical Center, 247 N. Fireweed in Soldotna. The annual Alaska Independent Blind convention will be discussed. The convention will be in October in Anchorage.

The group is organized to provide education, awareness, outreach, advocacy services and information to individuals who are blind or vision impaired. It is open to the public.

For more information, call 262-7061.

Nikiski community council to meet Monday

The monthly meeting of the North Peninsula Community Council will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Nikiski Senior Center. All residents of the North Peninsula are invited. Mike Gilliland with Cornell will talk about the proposed prison project.

Prison project to be subject of Alliance meeting

The Alliance Kenai Chapter meetings will resume at noon Tuesday at Paradisos Restaurant. The topic will be the proposed private prison project. The primary speaker will be Don Gilman, former borough mayor and state senator. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Bill Popp also will be available to answer questions. Michael Gilliland, project coordinator for Cornell, will talk about facility operations.

Cost is $11. Those attending are asked to RSVP by fax to (907) 561-8870.

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