Scholarship info sessions on tap

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Scholarship info sessions on tap

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Story last updated at 5/31/2011 - 12:56 pm

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Scholarship info sessions on tap

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development are hosting meetings in June for parents and students to learn about the Alaska Performance Scholarships. The sessions are being conducted virtually, so internet and telephone access is required. Preregistration is required. Openings are available for June 15 at 6 p.m., June 18 at 10 a.m., June 20, 21, 23 at noon, and June 29 at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register go to

Introduction to rowing offered

The Alaska Midnight Sun Rowing Association is hosting its 4th annual Splash and Dash Learn to Row and Regatta on June 25. The event is open to anyone wanting to learn to row and will be held on Mackey Lake in Soldotna. For more information go to or call 952-8406.

Music festival needs vendors

Looking for a variety of vendors for a three day music festival June 3, 4, and 5 at the Nikiski Lighthouse Community Church grounds. For more information call 283-4142.

Safety training available for commercial fishermen

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association 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. 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.

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.

Preregistration is required, or the class may be cancelled due to under enrollment. Those wanting to register should contact AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287 or

Birders flock together

The Keen Eye Peninsula birders will meet at 2 p.m. June 4 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Kristine Schmidt will share her recent basketball and birding trip to Texas. Toby Burke will give a rundown of what pelagic birds can be seen on off our coast.

Kenai seeks input from businesses

The city of Kenai in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce is holding a strategic planning session for City of Kenai business owners on June 8 at the Kenai Senior Center. The session is designed to gather ideas and suggestions to better understand the desires and needs of the business community as Kenai updates the City's Comprehensive Plan. Business input into the plan update is vital. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The meeting will run from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, call Marilyn at 283-8235 or Nancy at 283-8237.

Waterclor painting session planned

A Watercolor Paint Together with the Kenai Fine Art Center Watercolor Group is planned for June 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook Avenue in Kenai across from the Oilers' Bingo Hall. Local watercolorists, 18 and older, (dabblers welcome) will be joining together to share some creative time together, socializing and sharing in a snack potluck. Bring your watercolor paraphernalia along and a snack to share if you like.

Oilers seeking host families

The Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club is looking for housing for Oilers baseball players for the 2011 season. The players arrive in early June and the season ends in late July. Host families receive season tickets. Contact the Oilers housing coordinator Kathy Gensel at 262-9263 or call the Oilers office at 283-7133.

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. Call 714-4726 for more informaton.

Soldotna library kicks off summer

Soldotna Public Library's summer reading program kick-off event is June 3 at 2 p.m. There will be a free presentation by Mad Science of Alaska and registration 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 to 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.



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
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Best Sustained Coverage

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Best News Photo

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

Best Photo Portrait
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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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