State parks passes now available
New 2001 passes for day-use parking, camping and boat launching are now available from the state Department of Natural Resources.
The price of day-use parking and camping passes has increased for 2001. The new day-use parking pass is $30 and the annual camping pass is $100.
"This is the first price increase for day-use parking since it was introduced in 1994 and it has been 10 years since the last camping price increase," state parks director Jim Stratton said in a news release. "In that time, the nightly camping fees have gone up at most sites and the day use parking fee rose from $3 to $5 per day." A second camping or day-use pass can be purchased for half-price and the price of the second boat launch pass is $40 when purchased for the same family with the same address.
"We thought long and hard about raising fees," Stratton said, "but the state budget situation now provides us with an opportunity to address some of our maintenance needs through additional fee revenue. We only moved forward with this fee increase with the assurance that additional revenues will go to park maintenance and operations."
An order form is available online at www.alaskastateparks.org for those wishing to mail in an order. Decals may be purchased at the DNR public information centers or local Alaska State Parks offices.
Skijoring group sets clinic
The Kenai Peninsula Ski-Jor Association will hold a skijoring clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Kenai Middle School. The clinic will focus on required equipment and tips on how to get your dogs to pull you. The second hour will be spent on practicing with dogs. If there is any snow, the group will practice at the Kenai Golf Course.
The skijoring association, in cooperation with the Peninsula Dog Racing Association, is planning a few "fun" races during the winter at the Soldotna airport as well as a ski-jor day and overnight trips on local trails. Schedules are upcoming.
For more information, call 262-2179.
Boating safety panel to meet
The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Office of Boating Safety has scheduled a boating safety advisory council meeting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Westcoast International Inn in Anchorage. The meeting is open to the public.
For more information, call 269-8705.
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