Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2001

State economics to be topic at chamber lunch

Scott Goldsmith, director of the Institute of Social and Economic Development and professor of economics at the University of Alaska, will speak about "Alaska's Unique Economic Structure and Fiscal Challenges" at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon Wednesday at noon at the Old Town Village Restaurant. Kenai Central High School Theatre Students will present a scene from "The Wizard of Oz" as well.

Alert siren test scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Borough's Office of Emergency Management will conduct its monthly alert siren test Thursday at noon. The test consists of the attack and alert tones. This test is conducted on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, call 262-4910.

Blood drive slated

The central Kenai Peninsula veterans organizations are sponsoring a blood drive Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the American Veterans Post No. 4 in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Live music will be provided.

Trapper orientation class offered

A trapper orientation class for those wishing to trap on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be held Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the refuge headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. The class is mandatory for anyone wishing to trap on the refuge. However, trappers who have attended the orientation in the past do not need to attend again. For more information, call the refuge at 262-7021 or Mary Lewis at Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 262-9368.

Family story time planned

The Kenai Community Library will host a monthly family story time titled "Creating a Family Storytelling Tradition" Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Carol Ford and Mike Morgan will present the program.

Forest Service cabin to be closed

The Manitoba Cabin, on the Kenai Peninsula near Summit Lake, will not be available for public use after Dec. 31. The Forest Service special-use permit issued to the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage for the operation of the cabin will expire Dec. 31. The permit will not be renewed.

Forest Service Facility Engineers inspected the Manitoba Cabin in July. The inspection report revealed numerous safety and structural defects. Short-term rehabilitation costs are estimated at more than $24,000. Long-term rehabilitation costs are higher than replacement costs. The existing cabin is located on land that will be transferred in the near future to the state.

The Forest Service hopes to build a new cabin in a slightly different location. The new cabin location is on land that will remain National Forest Service land. The new cabin is expected to be available for public use by 2004.

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