Story last updated at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

Happenings in Anchor Point
A good crowd attended the April 10 Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce luncheon to hear state parks director Jim Stratton discuss concerns over local parks being closed due to budget cuts.

Stratton answered questions and indicated such threats have been made other years and were withdrawn. But he said if closures were to materialize, six parks on the Kenai Peninsula could be closed, with 12 seasonal workers facing layoffs, reduction of three staff positions, two ranger positions deleted, and one ranger reduced to part time. Stratton urged his audience to urge their legislative representatives to allow state parks to retain the money they make and not cut its budget.

Representatives of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Ducks Unlimited, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game will speak about the mouth of the Anchor River at Wednesday's chamber luncheon at the Anchor River Inn.

THE ANCHOR POINT VOLUNTEER Fire Department needs help from people in the Fire Service Area and surrounding communities. Funds for the purchase of equipment and to conduct a class for a vertical rescue team are needed. Much of the area is bordered by bluffs and this calls for the proper training of personnel in rappelling down cliffs and the safe evacuation of injured or stranded victims. Call Ron Wilhoit at 235-6700 for more information or to make a donation.

ALASKA STATE PARKS officials are currently recruiting for Alaska Conservation Corps enrollees to work in the Anchor Point/Ninilchik area this summer. Duties will include cleaning and maintaining campground facilities, visitor assistance and assisting the ranger and other staff with campground operations. Employee candidates must be residents of Alaska, possess a valid Alaska drivers license, be at least 18 and have reliable transportation. The starting date is May 13 and the pay is $7.50 per hour. If interested contact Rangers Bruce Benner or Sharie Methven-Toney at 567-3367. Applications must be submitted by April 22.

CHELSEA ANN PYHALA,daughter of Al and Patti Pyhala of Anchor Point, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Beta Sigma Phi International. She plans on attending Eastern Washington State University in the fall. Chelsea is a student at Homer High School.

Chapman School's kindergarten open house will be 6:30-8 p.m. on May 1. Teacher Donna Austin invites prospective students and their parents to meet with her and tour the classroom. Registration packets will be available.

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