Coastal initiative goes to ballot
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced the initiative, that would establish a coastal management program in Alaska, appears to have qualified for this year’s ballot. Whether the measure appears on the primary or general election ballot depends on when the Legislature adjourns, and whether lawmakers pass similar legislation.
The Legislature can pre-empt an initiative with substantially similar legislation. To qualify, the petition needed at least 25,875 qualified signatures, with those coming from a certain percentage of voters in at least 30 House districts. Division of Elections determined Wednesday that the petition had met the threshold, but signatures are still being reviewed. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Mako Haggerty, Homer’s representative, is a primary sponsor of the initiative.
Coal lecture series comes Friday
Alaska Community Action on Toxics and their partners present Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, MD, Emeritus Professor of Neurology of the University at Buffalo, N.Y. in its lecture series. He will be presenting a series of lectures around Alaska to discuss the growing body of evidence linking coal development to human health risks.
The “Coal and Your Health Lecture Series” comes to Homer at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Lockwood is the principle author of the Physicians for the Social Responsibility report “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which describes the devastating impacts of coal on the human body.
Cook Inlet Risk Assessment available
Cape International has completed the Vessel Traffic study for the Cook Inlet Risk Assessment project, now available at www.cookinletriskassessment.com. Information was reviewed and analyzed to quantify vessel category and type of oil carried.
Findings from the 2010 Cook Inlet Vessel Traffic include: 480 ship port calls or transits; 80 percent of the ship transits were made by 15 ships; 5.2 million barrels of persistent oil and 211,000 barrels of non-persistent oil were moved on 83 tank ships voyages to or from Nikiski and the Drift River terminals; 36 percent of all persistent oil moved was fuel oil on dry cargo ships calling at Anchorage; 102 oil barge transits moved up to 8,750,000 barrels of non-persistent oil
When 2010 data were compared to the 2005-2006 study, it showed only slight changes in the type and amount of vessels. Only nominal increases in Cook Inlet vessel traffic related to population increases and post-recession recovery are projected for the remainder of the decade.
Film series benefits ski club
The Homer Family Theatre will feature the 7th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Festival is sponsored by The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club and the Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition. For more information, contact Dan Del Missier at 235-7542.
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