Story last updated at 3:52 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002

Fire danger keeping Anchor Point area on alert

Happenings in Anchor Point

Anchor Point residents need to be very aware of the extreme danger of wildfires as dry conditions continued this week. The Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department has notified the community that burn permits have been suspended. The only area of allowed burns is in specified barrels and fire pits in state campgrounds, but any open fire must be carefully watched. All other outside burning on private property is prohibited. The conditions for a major fire are present, as seen by the one at the north edge of Anchor Point last Saturday. If the wind direction had changed many homes and lives were in jeopardy. The combined efforts of the local fire service and state Division of Forestry officials, the wildlands blaze was subdued. Anchor Point citizens can help the volunteer firefighters keep the community safe by not burning and ensuring that your neighbor or visitors do the same.

This weekend marks the official opening of the Anchor River for king salmon fishing, starting 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The Memorial Day weekend historically brings an increase in motor vehicles to the area, especially by the bridge on the Old Sterling Highway and along River Road. There are fishermen and campers walking along the roadways. When driving in this area be alert for pedestrians and vehicles pulling out of parking areas.

Congratulations to all the recent Anchor Point area High School graduates and their families. Katie Schollenberg, the daughter of Butch and Shirley Schollenberg was the recipient of the $1000 Julie Clutts, Memorial Scholarship from Xi Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The scholarship was presented Jesse Clutts to Katie on Sunday at the Ninilchik High School graduation. The funds are raised by the members of XI Upsilon at the Mexican Food Booth of Poncho's Nacho's during the Ninilchik State Fair. The Clutts family then matches the money raised.

BETHANY MORRIS, 5, is the winner of the bicycle at the Anchor Point Bike Rodeo. Bike safety is the focus at this annual event at the Anchor Point Fire Hall. Area children enjoyed a day of learning through games and received bike helmets and the knowledge of how to ride safely.

The Anchor Point Library will be closed, Monday for Memorial Day. On Wednesday, May 29 the library will begin summer hours. The library will then be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Librarian Marcie Doner would like to remind all library patrons, that there is Internet access available at the library. On June 1, the Anchor Point Library will host it's annual garage sale and donations of items for sale are always appreciated.

Anchor Point Senior Citizens will be holding a flea market, bake sale and auction this Saturday and Sunday.

<> Anyone with interesting tidbits of news or upcoming events should contact Mary McAnelly at 235-4992 or by e-mail to: maryt@ptialaska.net.

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