Story last updated at 2:58 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2002

In Business
New kayak base opening

To celebrate 10 years in business, True North Kayak Adventures is opening a new kayak base in Halibut Cove on Monday. It will offer both sea kayak rentals and guided half-day trips at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Located at the eastern end of Ismailof Island next to the public dock, the new base will offer beginning kayakers an introduction to kayaking in a protected area, and more experienced kayakers can easily access the Kachemak Bay State Park and the Grewingk Glacier trail heads. True North will continue to offer guided one-day and multi-day trips and kayak rentals from Yukon Island in the Tutka Bay area. Call 235-0708 for more information.

Career counseling offered

A three-day workshop titled "Career Counseling for Adults" will be offered July 12-14 on Yukon Island. Taught by Pat Schwalle-Giddis of George Washington University, the University of Alaska Anchorage course focuses on preparing graduate students for their professional career counseling adults. Course content includes key career development theories and concepts, career decision-making processes and the integration of this information for career counseling. The course will be taught at the Kachemak Bay island, also the ancestral home of Gretchen Bersch, Adult Education Graduate Program Co-coordinator. To register, call 786-1933 or 786-6872 or log on to www.uaa.alaska .edu/summer.

New flights offered

Frontier Flying Service is now offering two flights daily from Homer to Anchorage. The morning flight departs Anchorage at 9:15 a.m. and arrives in Homer at 9:45 a.m. The flight then departs Homer at 10:15 a.m., arriving in Anchorage at 10:45 a.m. This flight is in addition to the evening flight leaving Anchorage at 5 p.m., arriving in Homer at 5:30 p.m., leaving Homer at 6 p.m. and arriving in Anchorage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $94 one way, and a new walk-up fare of $150 round trip is offered. For reservations and information, call (800) 478-6779 or visit the Homer Frontier counter located at Smokey Bay Air on Kachemak Drive.

Burn-barrel safety covered

The Kenai-Kodiak Area Division of Forestry is happy to announce its new partnership with Kenai steel suppliers Morgan Steel Inc. and Alaska Steel Co. in an effort to promote safe burning conditions on the Kenai Peninsula and surrounding areas. The two companies have agreed to keep a stock of cut mesh screens on hand for use as burn-barrel tops.

For $5 plus tax, burn-barrel users can get a 2-by-2-foot screen that cuts down on fly-away embers and satisfies Division of Forestry burn barrel requirements. The division also recommends that several mesh-covered draft vents be cut in the barrel side for more efficient burning.

Alaska Oil Sales in Soldotna has 55-gallon drums available for $10 plus tax. For more information on safe burning, call 260-4222. For screens, call 283-7136 or 283-3880.