FYI – News briefs & announcements – Jan. 25

HEA nomination period opens
Homer Electric Association is accepting nominations from members interested in running for a seat on the cooperative’s Board of Directors. The board is made up of nine directors, three from each of the three districts that make up the service area.
This year, the District 1, Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna, seat held by Kenai resident Alan Bute will be on the ballot. In District 2, Soldotna –Sterling – Kasilof area, the seat currently held by Soldotna resident Ed Oberts will be up for election. In District 3, Ninilchik-Homer-Seldovia area, HEA members will vote for the seat currently held by Jim Levine of Homer. HEA directors are elected by district, with members voting only for the director in their respective district. Members interested in being on the ballot must fill out a Candidacy Packet that requires the candidate to gather at least 15 signatures from current HEA members who live in the district where the candidate resides. The Candidacy Packet is available at HEA offices in Kenai and Homer and online at
The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. March 2. Results will be announced at the annual meeting in May.

Free safety training for commercial fishermen
Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a one day 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course at 8 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. This course meets the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for commercial fishing vessels. It is available free to commercial fishermen thanks to funding from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the USCG.
Participants practice hands-on in the water and on a vessel, with emergency equipment that should be onboard any commercial fishing or other sizable vessel — PFDs, life rafts, immersion suits, EPIRBs, fire extinguishers, and practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control. Call AMSEA at 907-747-3287 to register, or register online at

Birders to meet Monday
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next monthly meeting will be 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room. Anyone who is interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about our organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond (235-9477) or Betty Siegel (235-1598).

It’s all about your heart
 A free community forum on Heart-Smart Eating will kick off a month of special programs and activities at South Peninsula Hospital in recognition of Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the No. 2 cause of death for Alaskans, and these offerings will help people screen and prevent it.
Heart Smart Eating will focus on how to incorporate tasty, heart-healthy foods into your diet. Bette Seaman, registered dietitian and nutritionist at SPH will present at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the hospital Training Center, 203 W. Pioneer. Heart healthy refreshments will be provided. Contact the hospital’s education department for more information at 235-0258.

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