Around the Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

Hanukkah celebration planned

The Moadim-Kenai Messianic Fellowship will celebrate Hanukkah, "Festival of Lights," at 4 p.m. today in the basement of Good Books and More at 10767 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite B, in Kenai. For more information, call Debbie at 283-5880 or 283-6421.

Health centers topic at chamber lunch

The Soldotna Chamber of commerce weekly luncheon will be noon Tuesday at the Riverside House. The guest speakers will be Jane Stein, Stan Steadman and Traci Martinson speaking about the Central Peninsula Health Centers. For more information, call 262-9814.

Class on low vision, blindness to be offered

The Independent Living Center is offering a free two-hour class on low vision and blindness at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 47255 Princeton Ave., off Kalifornsky Beach Road. The program is aimed at people with a non-correctable vision problem. It will be presented by John Clare, vision specialist for the Independent Living Center. For more information, call Laurel at 262-6333.

Crimestoppers topic at chamber lunch

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce's weekly luncheon will be noon Wednesday at Paradisos Restaurant in Kenai. The speakers will be Sgt. Kopp and Barbara Ruckman from Crimestoppers. The topic will be "Take a bite out of crime in your neighborhood." for more information, call 283-7989.

Amvets meeting planned

Amvets Post No. 4 will have its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the post home in the Red Diamond Center. The auxiliary meets at the same time and location.

Sterling Senior Center has band, Santa

Grandma's Hope Notes, a group of children musicians, will perform at the Sterling Senior Center at noon Wednesday.

Santa will be at the Sterling Senior Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21. All Sterling kids are invited. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. For more information, call 262-6808.

Toys for Tots program under way

The Toys for Tots program has donation toy boxes set up at Amvets, the American Legion, VFW, the veteran's center at the Red Diamond Center, Big Kmart and Fred Meyer. All toys will be delivered to the Share the Spirit organization. the toys will be delivered to families on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai Peninsula SPCA seeks assistance

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the Kenai Peninsula is seeking contributions to sponsor animals for a day, week or month, as well as a fund-raising coordinator to work on a percentage basis and a World Wide Web site designer to help with the society's Web page. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information, call Michele DeMilta at 262-8550.

Refuge, forest now open for tree cutting

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and parts of the Chugach National Forest are now open for cutting Christmas trees.

Guidelines for cutting on the refuge include: Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the refuge, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground or picnic area. No tree cutting is allowed in the refuge headquarters-visitor center area or along Ski Hill Road.

The public is requested to trim the stumps as close to the ground as possible for aesthetic reasons. Contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna for further details.

Guidelines for cutting in the Chugach: The area open for Christmas tree cutting starts at Mile 6.5 after Bertha Creek Campground just beyond the Turnagain Pass rest area. There are private or timber sale lands nearby, so all cutters are asked to stay on Forest Service land. Only one tree is allowed per family.

Topping trees is prohibited. All cutting must be 450 feet away from any roads, trails, trail heads, campgrounds and bodies of water. Stumps must be cut low to the ground, and all debris must be removed from roads and trails.

Cutters are asked to select trees so that other trees remain within 12 to 15 feet surrounding the cut tree.

Areas not open to cutting are Portage Valley, Turnagain Pass, Moose Pass and Cooper Landing. For more information, call (907) 271-2500.

Subsistence booklets ready for review

The 2002 Federal Subsistence Wildlife Proposal Booklets can be obtained by contacting the Office of Subsistence Management at 1-800-478-1456 or (907) 786-3888. The booklets contain viable regulation changes to wildlife subsistence that have been received by the Office of Subsistence Management. The public is invited to read and comment on these suggested changes to subsistence harvesting of wildlife on federal public lands.

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