Diabetes support group to meet

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Diabetes support group to meet

Monday, May 30, 2011

Story last updated at 5/30/2011 - 1:50 pm

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Diabetes support group to meet

The Diabetes Support Group for Parents of Kids with Diabetes will be meeting in the Redoubt/Spur Room at Central Peninsula Hospital on Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Contact the CPH Diabetes Educator at 714-4726 for more informaton.

Soldotna library kicks off summer

Soldotna Public Library's summer reading program kick-off event will be held on June 3, at 2 p.m. It is a free presentation by Mad Science of Alaska. Learn about some awesome science from around the world. Registration opens for the summer programs. There are programs available from Pre-K through Adult. Visit the library at 235 N. Binkley Street, online at, or by calling 262-4227.

Still time to finish up GED

For any person wishing to obtain their GED, there is still time to finish your GED before the reds hit the river! The Kenai Peninsula College learning center has testing and instruction available through June 24. For more information, call 262-0327 and ask for Carol or Bev. The learning center at KPC is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays; and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Soldotna Library.

Soldotna Historical Society board to meet

The Soldotna Historical Society monthly board of directors meeting is scheduled for June 4 at 9 a.m. at the main building on Centenial Park Road in Soldotna. For more information, contact Barbara Jewell at 907-262-4157.

Wrestling camp on the mat

Western State College of Colorado, in cooperation with the Nikiski High School Wrestling Team, is hosting a wrestling camp on June 24 and 25. Camp clinicians include the head wrestling coach of the Western State College wrestling program, Miles Van Hee, as well as 2-time national champion Donovan McMahill and 3-time All American Charlie Pipher. Registration is limited so interested wrestlers should register now. Download a camp application at or call 776-9415 for more information.

Day camp offered in Nikiski

Nikiski Community Recreation Center is offering their Summer Day Camp for 1st -6th graders from June 14-August 4th on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The camp includes swimming, cooking, pottery, crafts, field trips, special guests, gym activities, and much much more! Pre-registration not required. For more information contact Tammy at 776-8800.

Car show revs up June 11

The Kaknu Kruzers Car Show will be at the Robin's Nest in Sterling, 34175 Sterling Highway in Sterling on June 11 from noon to 3 p.m. There will a prize for the Best of Show, and door prizes for the general public. The show will be combined with the 1950s theme of the caf and free hotdogs and Cokes will be served. There will be Hot Rods, Collector Cars, and 50s memorabilia for viewing. The soda fountain will be open during the event.

Kasilof library posts summer hours

The Kasilof Public Library will remain open during summer break! The library is located inside Tustumena Elementary School. Our hours are 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-FridayFor more info, call 907-260-3959 or email

Tesoro Alaska sponsors golf tournament to benefit Kenai Peninsula United Way

Tesoro Alaska Company, in its endeavor to support Kenai Peninsula United Way, is sponsoring a golf tournament in Kenai on July 23. The format for the event will be a 4-man team golf scramble. Lunch will be provided during golf play. There will be a prize ceremony at the completion of golf play. There is a limit of 24 golf teams and entry deadline is July 15. Come and enjoy some great golf and support the Kenai Peninsula United Way at the same time. For more informaion contact Bea Lashlee at 776-3521 or Tina Marie at 283-9500.

Nikiski Pool summer swim hours

Nikiski Pool summer swim hours starting June 1 through Aug. 31 are: Tuesday through Friday, lap swim and swim lessons only from 7 a.m. to 12 noon; open swim and lap swim from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. with waterslide starting at 1 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours are open swim, lap swim and water slide from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.For more information call Nikiski Pool at 776-8800.

Safety training offered for commercial fishermen

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in Homer at the Best Western Bidarka Inn Conference room from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, with a cold water practicum outdoors. Bring a sack lunch.

This course meets the U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a support contract for training services from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Participants practice hands-on with emergency equipment that should be onboard any commercial fishing or other sizeable vessel -- PFDs, life rafts, immersion suits, EPIRBs, fire extinguishers, and practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control.

Pre-registration is required, or we may cancel the class due to under enrollment. Those wanting to register should contact AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287 or

Garden club plant sale on tap

The Central Peninsula Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, June 11, at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church parking lot, across from the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. The sale opens at 11 a.m. until items are sold out. Plants for sale will be annuals and perennials, including flower, vegetable, herb, and berry plants. To donate plants for the sale, or for more information, contact Cathy Haas at 262-7248 or by email at



If you think the Kenai Peninsula is beautiful in the summer, you should see it when cloaked under a thick blanket of white with the aurora borealis rippling through the celestial canopy above.


Whether intentionally seeking berries for jellies and jams or just out for a casual hike, residents and visitors will find the 50-some varieties of wild berries in Alaska hard to resist.


There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk.

2010 Peninsula Clarion award winners

Best Education Reporting
1st Place – Dante Petri, “All under one roof

Suzan Nightingale Award: Best Columnist

2nd Place – Will Morrow, “Voices of the Clarion”

Best Sustained Coverage

3rd Place – Dante Petri, “Mt. Redoubt Eruption”

Best News Photo

3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Bear Rescue

Best Photo Portrait
3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Ear Gauger

Best Audio Slideshow
2nd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Learning to ski

Best Use of Story and Photos by a Journalist
2nd Place – Joseph Robertia, “Dipnet disaster averted

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