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Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2000

Motorized vehicles banned from national forest

Until further notice, the Glacier and Seward ranger districts of the Chugach National Forest remain closed to off-road winter motorized use due to inadequate snow cover and potential resource damage.

The closed areas include: Twentymile River, Portage Valley, Placer River, Turnagain Pass, Summit Lake and the remainder of the Seward Highway from Girdwood to Seward and the Sterling Highway to the forest boundary.

Celebration planned for today

Hospice of the Central Peninsula will offer a Celebration of Remembrance 2000 today at 2 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

The event is a chance for residents to remember loved ones who have died. Music will be provided by Food for the Soul. Refreshments and bereavement material will be available after the celebration.

Dessert potluck slated

The Pioneers of Alaska will hold its December meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Kenai Elks Lodge. A dessert potluck and gift exchange will follow the meeting. Participants are urged to bring a dessert to share. For more information, call 776-8636.

Social worker meeting planned

Area social workers are urged to attend a planning meeting at noon Tuesday at Paradisos restaurant. The meeting will focus on formation of a development committee to work toward possibly joining a national social worker association. The group will continue to meet the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, call Jody Pritchard at 283-3658.

Develop a business plan

The Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a seminar entitled Developing Your Business Plan at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the EDD office in the Red Diamond Center.

To register or for more information, call 262-7497.

Becker to speak at chamber luncheon

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held noon Wednesday at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. Charles Becker, with the U.S. Department of Commerce will speak. The meetings are open to the public.

For more information, call 283-7989.

Comment period closes soon

The 90-day public comment period for the Chugach National Forest's proposed revised forest plan and draft environmental impact statement will end Thursday.

Written statements about the plan and impact statement can be delivered or mailed to: Forest Plan Revision, Chugach National Forest, attn.: Gary Lehnhausen, 3301 C Street, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK, 99503. Mailed comments must be postmarked by Thursday to guarantee consideration during the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision.

Copies of the Proposed Revised Plan and Draft Environmental Statement are available on the World Wide Web at:

Santa to visit Peninsula Center Mall

Santa Claus will stop by the Peninsula Center Mall Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The American Red Cross will serve apple cider and coffee. The event is open to the public.

Soldotna to host decorating contest

The Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce is currently hosting a Christmas decorating contest. To nominate a home or business, call the chamber and give the name and address of the home or business.

The chamber also is seeking judges for the contest.

For more information, call 262-9814.

Refuge wood cutting area reopened

The Funny River Road firewood area on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open for personal-use firewood cutting. All persons using the wood-cutting area must first obtain a permit at the refuge visitor center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. Permits cost $20 and may be obtained from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For further information, call 262-7021.

Center in need of equipment donations

The Independent Living Center is in the process of putting together a community chest to provide those with disabilities adaptive equipment at a low cost. They are looking for donations of good, used items such as wheelchairs, walkers and equipment for the vision and hearing impaired.

For more information, or to donate, call 262-6333.

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