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Banking Opportunities

All of the incorporated communities on The Kenai have banking facilities available. First National Bank of Alaska, Wells Fargo Bank, Key Bank, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Credit Union One and more financial institutions may be found within the communities on the Kenai. ATM machines can be found in most grocery and convenience stores.


Cellular Phone Service

Currently two different companies offer digital service, ACS and GCI. Your phone ought to work well in most areas of The Kenai in roaming mode. Check with your provider for rates.


Time Zone

A state the size of Alaska needs it own time zone, called Alaska Time. We are one hour behind the Pacific Time Zone and four hours behind the East Coast Time Zone. When it is 12 noon in New York, then it is 8:00 am on The Kenai.



Clothing

One of the most predictable aspects of Alaska is that the weather is unpredictable. It is not uncommon to have temperature shifts of 10 to 20 degrees within a day. During the spring, summer, and fall, dressing in layers is the key to being comfortable. A light shirt, short or long sleeved, makes an excellent first layer. Over that, something for warmth like a sweatshirt, wool sweater or fleece pullover. The ideal outer layer is light waterproof jacket. Layers should be lightweight and easy to remove depending on weather changes or your activity. Don't forget shorts or sleeveless shirts for those warm days! Comfortable footwear is a must, and if you plan to be out on the beach or hiking in the woods, waterproof boots are the best choice.


Postal Service

UPS, Federal Express, and the US Postal Service all provide rapid parcel delivery service into and out most Kenai Peninsula communities. Fish processing stores are abundant and will process, freeze and ship your fish for you on the date you specify.


Student Information

The official Student Information Guide to Alaska is available at www.state.ak.us/local/kids/home.html or at www.travelalaska.com


Tidal Safety

The tides of Cook Inlet have the second greatest tidal range in the world, with a maximum range approaching forty feet. While these tides are impressive to watch they can also be very dangerous. They boast powerful currents, some as fast as 20 miles per hour, and they come in very fast. The tidal flats are usually composed of gray clay that acts as a binding quicksand. DO NOT WALK OUT ONTO TIDAL FLATS-IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.


Holidays

All Major U.S. holidays are observed on The Kenai, as well as, Seward's Day on the last Monday in March, and Alaska Day on October 18.



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