Community News

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004

Homer center offers educational sessions

The Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer will host and sponsor a number of activities in the coming month. The following events are free to the public.

Today, Alan Springer, Sasha Kataysky and Sarah Iverson will offer a brown-bag lunch seminar at noon on their project studying the use of stress hormones and fatty acids to evaluate the response of seabirds to diet variations in the Bering Sea.

Debbie and Denny Wynn will share their summer work experience as bird biologists on Aiktak Island in a noon slideshow Tuesday.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve staff will host a "High Seas Drifters Discovery Lab" for all ages to learn about marine plankton and its importance to our lives.

Also Wednesday, the center will offer a free virtual trip on the M/V Tustumena, hosted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Naturalist Doug Stuart. "Destination: Dutch Harbor," starting at noon, will provide participants a chance to relive the Ferry Tustumena's summer trips to Dutch Harbor, where whales, birds and other marine life are in abundance.

On Thursday, intern Megan Murphy will present "Journey to the Pribilofs," a discussion of the two Bering Sea islands often called the "Galapagos of the North." The presentation begins at noon.

Catherine deRivera, a biologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will offer a brown-bag lunch discussion on the impact of invasive species on marine habitats from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 20.

Also at the center, "Reflections of Nature," Karen Hollingsworth's photo exhibit of scenes from the nation's refuge system, is on display through the middle of October.

The Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitors Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Fashion show planned

The Peninsula Take-A-Break will hold a fur fashion show luncheon at noon Sept. 22 at Solid Rock Conference Center. All women are invited to attend. Recording artist and show business personality Marcia Gehris of San Marcos, Calif., will provide music and share what it means to be a star. The cost of the luncheon is $7. Free child care is available. For reservations, call Anna at 262-6332 or Susan at 335-6789.

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.

Kenai Public Health offers extended hours

The Kenai Public Helath Center will offer expended hours for reproductive health appointments. Appointments will be scheduled through 6 p.m. three times a month for low-income women wihtout other resources who need contraceptives. Fees are determined by a sliding scale based on income; no one will be denied services due to an inability to pay.

For more information or an appointment, call 335-3400.

GI Bill benefits increased

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command recently announced the maximum benefit under the Montgomery GI Bill, plus the Army College Fund, has been increased from $50,000 to $70,344 for persos who qualify.

All enlistees in the Army are eligible to participate in the GI Bill, and the Army College Fund is available to those with a high school diploma who score in the top half of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, as well as to select Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).

Benefits are based on the term of enlistment and the MOS chosen at the time of enlistment. A two-year enlistment offers $34,776; three years, $52,344; four years, $66,744; and five and six years, $70,344.

For more information, contact your local Army recruiter or visit

The Community page appears each Monday in the Peninsula Clarion. Submissions may be faxed to 283-3299; e-mailed to, sent to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or delivered to 150 Trading Bay Road.

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