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Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2002

Youth facility advisory board meeting planned

An organizing meeting for the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility Citizens Advisory Board will be at noon today at the old Kenai courthouse, 145 Main Street Loop. For more information, call Kim Smith at 283-3127 or (907) 235-7114.

Meeting set for Fish and Game committee

The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Agenda topics will include: vacating seats for lack of attendance (in preparation for elections Jan. 10), submittal of proposals to the Board of Game and collection of public testimony regarding early run king salmon management. For more information, call Brent Johnson at 262-4763.

Church to package cookies

The Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church is holding its Christmas cookie sale. It will include gift-boxed, assorted holiday cookies sold by the dozen or packaged by request. They are $3.50 per dozen. The deadline for orders is Friday. To order, call Nancy at 262-9693 or Tracey at 262-1423.

CIRCAC board to meet in Anchorage

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Friday in Anchorage. For meeting location, agenda or other information, call 283-7222 or 1-800-652-7222.

Hospice offers carols for donation

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer Sing-a-Grams. Hospice volunteers will sing two holiday carols to interested businesses or offices for a donation of $25. Proceeds will benefit hospice programs and services. Local businesses can arrange for a Sing-a-Gram to be delivered Friday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 by calling Sue at 262-0453.

Homer coffee shop to host chamber mixer

Captain's Coffee and Roasting Company will host the December Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the new Captain's Coffee location on Pioneer Drive. For more information, contact the chamber at (907) 235-7740.

City's Christmas tree lighting to offer festivities

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, city of Soldotna and Central Emergency Services are having the Patriotic Christmas Tree Lighting and Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Parker Park and the senior center on West Park Avenue. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire engine to greet children and listen to Christmas wish lists. Mayor Dave Carey will be the master of ceremonies. Free sleigh rides will be available, and carolers will perform. Refreshments will be provided, including cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. For more information, call Shanon at 262-9814.

Biologist to discuss bears

Bear biologist Dr. Steve Stringham will discuss "The Body Language of Bears" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. He will discuss his research into bears, raising orphaned cubs, show video footage of two cubs he is working with and give information about bear viewing issues in west Cook Inlet. This discussion is free. For more information, contact Jay Barrett at 283-1991.

Historical society board meeting set

The Soldotna Historical Society board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at River City Books. Members of the public are invited to attend. For more information, call Barbara Jewell at 262-4157.

ABATE to help community children

The Kenai Peninsula Alaskan Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) will hold Toyz for Totz at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Goodnight Out Lounge. There will be live music by Mo Betta Blues, door prizes, a potluck dinner, merchandise raffles and a gun raffle. Those attending should bring a new unwrapped gift or a $5 donation. For more information, contact Craig at 262-1910.

Historical society meets next month

The Kasilof Historical Society will not meet in December. The next meeting will be Jan. 9. For more information, call 262-2439.

Forest offers Christmas trees

The Chugach National Forest offers Christmas trees free of charge. The guidelines are that all areas of the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula are open for Christmas tree cutting except Portage Valley, extending from the Seward Highway to Portage Lake and Turnagain Pass. The Turnagain Pass closure extends from where Bertha Creek crosses the Seward Highway north to the national forest boundary and for half a mile on each side of the highway. The open area starts at Mile 65.5 after Bertha Creek Campground.

Only one tree per family is allowed. Topping of trees is prohibited. All cutting must be 150 yards away from roads, trails, trail heads, campgrounds or bodies of water. Stumps must be cut low to the ground and all debris removed from roads and trails. Select trees so other trees remain within 12 to 15 feet surrounding the one cut. For more information, contact the Anchorage office at (907) 743-9500, Seward District office at (907) 224-3374, Glacier District office at (907) 783-3242 or visit the Web site at

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