FYI – News briefs & announcements – Jan. 4

Writers conference features Barry Lopez
The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage recently announced that registration is now open for the upcoming 2012 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, to be held June 8-12 at Land’s End Resort in Homer.
This year’s keynote presenter will be National Book Award winner Barry Lopez. The conference will feature 17 other nationally recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing. Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor-agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open mic. The evening readings June 9-12 by visiting writers and conference registrants will be open to the general public at no charge. Conference faculty will be Elizabeth Dodd, Camille Dungy, James Engelhardt, Daryl Farmer, Debra Gwartney, Valerie Miner, Dan O’Neill, Ann Pancake, Don Rearden, Jim Rutman, Eva Saulitis, Jeffrey Shotts. Sherry Simpson, Nancy Lord, Alaska State Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson and Amber Flora Thomas.
The early registration fee is $350, space available. Advanced registration is required. There is also a special UA admitted student rate. For more information see

Free forum for sleeping problems
South Peninsula Hospital will present a free educational forum on sleep disorders and the solutions available to get a sound, restful sleep.  Featured presenter will be Sleep Center Manager Dee O’Brien, who will help participants learn how to recognize sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, understand the long-term health effects of sleep deprivation, and discover treatment options that ultimately lead to a better quality of life. O’Brien has more than 30 years experience in cardiopulmonary work, and eight years specializing in sleep medicine.  She is a certified respiratory therapist and a registered polysomnographic technician. The presentation will be 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the South Peninsula Hospital Training Center at 203 W. Pioneer Ave.  The event is free and open to the public. Healthy refreshments and a door prize drawing will be offered. For more information, call the Sleep Center at 235-0354 or the Education Department at 235-0258.

Refuge open to snowmachines
All areas of the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Refuge that are traditionally available to snow machining are now open. Refuge Manager Andy Loranger said additional snowfall on the eastern portion of the refuge north of the Kenai River allows them to open it. Areas always closed to snow machine use include the Headquarters tract on Ski Hill Road, Skilak Loop Special Management Area, Swanson River and Swan Lake Canoe System, the Wolf Lake pipeline corridor and all areas above timberline in the Caribou Hills. The refuge asks snowmachiners to be respectful, and avoid areas of insufficient snowfall.

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