Turn back the pages — Sept. 9, 1976
Compiled by Julie Rosier
Enrollment Down Throughout District Says Gallaher — School enrollments were still about 325 to 335 below the projected 5,445 for the Borough School District, Supt. Paul Gallaher reported Tuesday. This represented some gain since Monday night’s school board meeting when the gap between projections and actual count was 383 students. The early pre-Labor Day start of school could mean enrollment will be up significantly within the next few days, he added. Seward Elementary was 35 below the projected enrollment and Seward High School 39 below. Ten other borough schools were considerably below projections. Mileage rates for Burton Carver, who operates all Borough bus routes with the exception of the Seward-Moose Pass area and Seldovia, was greeted a mileage rate increase from $1.19 to $1.70 as negotiated by the Alaska Department of Education, which will be paying 100 percent of the bussing costs. At the same time a contract with Don Mamoureaux of Moose Pass was signed at a $1.10 rate. Though this seems low in comparison, the long run compensates and results in a comparable unit cost figure, reliable sources indicated. Raises for substitute teachers and substitutes for non-certified employees were approved as follows: substitute teachers who are certified, $60; secretaries $5 per hour; custodians, $6.05 per hour; lunchroom workers including cashier, and assistant cook, $4.04; cook, $4.20; and truck driver, $6.80.
College Offers Business Courses — The Kenai Peninsula Community College. Seward will offer a Small Business Program with classes starting this fall semester on September 10 at the Seward Community Library. This program is designed around two classes, Elementary accounting, Acct. 101, and Introduction to Business, B.A. 151. Elementary Accounting will be taught the first semester which will provide the student with more information needed to operate a small business than any other class. This class basically covers the same material in one semester that is covered in two semesters of bookkeeping. The Introduction to Business course will be taught in the spring. The combination of the two classes will provide the student with the necessary background to start his own business and manage it. The scope of the two courses is broad enough to acquaint the student with most of the areas of business with which he will be in contact and make him aware of when he needs a specialist’s assistance. These credit courses will also count toward a degree. Also students may take either as a separate course. Dave Clark from Soldotna will be the instructor and the class will be held at the Skill Center, Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
Two Attend Seminar On Death & Dying — On August 13th and 14th Pat Ryan, Director of the Seward Council on Community Services Mental Health Program and I attended a seminar on death and dying presented by the University of Alaska Community College in Soldotna. The seminar was geared toward the professional in the health services field in the health services field in helping the terminally ill patient and his family deal with the emotional and psychological aspects of death and dying. In our future-youth oriented society where everyday our senses are bombarded with advertisements encouraging us to buy this cola or that cosmetic, all aimed at making us feel younger, look younger and think younger, the farthest thing from our minds is death--someone else’s--much less our own. In a society geared like ours toward the future and youth and equipped with institutions to take care of the terminally ill and dying is it any wonder when we are suddenly faced with a death or news that a loved one is terminally ill, we feel a sense of loss and hopelessness with how to deal with our own feelings and those of the patient and/or surviving family members?
VHF-FM Site On Line Soon Says Coast Guard — An Omaha electronic firm was busy August 24th installing a Coast Guard VHF-FM radio site on Robert Baron Peak on Admiralty Island in Southeastern Alaska. It is one of 11 that will provide distress and safety communication on VHF-FM radio for mariners. The $1.1 million system will provide coverage in Anchorage, Seward, Kodiak and the Bristol Bay areas as well as Southeastern. The helicopter shown in the accompanying photograph is airlifting a fiberglass dome that will house the electronic equipment for the Robert Baron Peak. The Robert Baron site will provide coverage from the southern tip of Admiralty Island to Haines. Nine of the 11 sites will be completed by late September. The sites at Bristol Bay and Cape Gull in Shelikof Straight near Kodiak have been delayed until spring because of site problems. VHF-FM coverage for Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula areas will be provided by a site near Seward and one at Site Summit over Anchorage.
Moose Range Hunt Rules — As this year’s big game hunting season gets underway, sportsmen planning to hunt within the boundaries of the Kenai National Moose Range should be aware of special regulations concerning the use of aircraft, boats and vehicles in this area. According to Acting Refuge Manager Bob Richey, aircraft may land on all lakes north of Sterling Highway except those with recreational developments including campgrounds, camp sites, lakes with connecting trails and the canoe system lakes. South of the Kenai River and Skilak Lake aircraft may land on all lakes and rivers except Benchland, Cirque, Crater, Emma, Horsetrail, Newman’s, Timberlane, Trophy, Wolverine and Marmot Lakes. These restrictions on just a few of the 2,800 lakes found on the Moose Range help to minimize conflicts and confusion between hunters using aircraft and those using ground or boat access. Sportsmen are also urged to review page 33 of the 1976-77 Alaskan Hunting Regulations regarding aircraft use for moose hunting in Sub Unit 15 (A). The use of motorized vehicles is permitted only on the established and maintained public road system. All-terrain vehicles and trail bike enthusiasts should be aware that off-road vehicles use is not permitted. Richey emphasized that hiking trails, seismic trails and power line rights of way are not considered a part of the public road system.