FYI News briefs & announcements – Feb. 1

Celebrate at the Winter Carnival
Watch for a schedule of events compiled by the Homer Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Homer Winter Carnival Feb. 9-11. There will be a noon parade down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 11, car races on Beluga Lake after the parade and on Sunday. NOMAR and Kachemak Gear Shed will sponsor a free Family Skate Day at Kevin Bell Arena from 1:15-2:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to skate. For more information, go to

Stopping deadly abuse of household products
South Peninsula Haven House’s new local project unites parents, schools and retail outlets on finding a solution to teen abuse of household products. While alcohol and drug use among young people has declined in recent years, the numbers of youth in Alaska who abuse household products to get high is growing, according to the Youth Risk and Behavior Survey. To prevent such high-risk and potentially deadly behavior, Haven House is partnering with Akeela and the Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation on a two-year research project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
There are more than 1,500 harmful everyday legal products found in homes, schools, stores and offices that youth and adults can inhale or ingest to get high. The HLP Prevention Project aims to decrease the availability of such items by mobilizing the community and directly involving retailers, educators and parents in the project.
The project needs your help. Meetings and workshops will begin this month to present further information about HLPs and inform you of ways you can help. Call Sharon Bauer at South Peninsula Haven House 235-7712 to get involved or ask more questions.

Woodworth, Cooper elected to hospital seats 
South Peninsula Hospital’s Operating Board of Directors elected new officers at its meeting on Wednesday. Julie Woodworth was re-elected president, Kelly Cooper was re-elected vice president, Bernadette Wilson was re-elected Secretary and Tom Clark was elected Treasurer. The new officers begin serving immediately. The next monthly meeting of the Board of Directors is Feb. 22 in the hospital conference room at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. For more information call 235-0325 or visit

Atwater remains at KPBSD
Steve Atwater, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will remain in position in the next year. The Anchorage School District announced KPBSD Superintendent Atwater was one of two finalists in a national superintendent search to replace Ms. Carol Comeau, who will retire in June, 2012. But the ASD post was filled by Jim Browder from a large Miami, Fla., school district. Joe Arness, the KPBSD School Board President said: “the fact that our superintendent was a finalist for such a high profile position is a credit to our students, staff, and communities as well as a credit to Dr. Atwater himself.”

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