FYI News briefs & announcements – Feb. 22

Senior protection bill strengthens penalties 
The Alaska Legislature passed a bill that strengthens penalties for criminals who target some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
Gov. Sean Parnell said the bill will protect victims who are targeted because of their age or the benefits they’re entitled to receive. Senate Bill 86 strengthens the laws against financial exploitation and allows expedited emergency protection orders for seniors. The legislation is designed to help vulnerable adults who are unable to protect their own interests.

Duluth man dies in shootout, just like brother
A man who died in a gunfight with police in Duluth, Minn., Friday was the brother of Jason Anderson, who died in a shootout with Alaska officers six years ago.
Luke Daniel Anderson, 34, of Duluth, died following a shootout with police at a mobile home park. Anderson’s brother, Jason Karlo Jacob Anderson, died in a shootout with police and federal marshals on March 1, 2006, in the Homer airport parking lot.
Both of Jason Anderson’s children were with him in the car when he was confronted by officers. He allegedly shot his own 2-year-old son before turning the gun on himself. Anderson was wanted on federal drug-trafficking charges.
More recently, Luke Anderson led officers on a pursuit for several minutes, before abandoning his vehicle, carrying a large revolver. He ignored repeated orders to drop the weapon and raised his revolver at officers, who then fired multiple rounds at the man.

Learning how to I.D. raptors 
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next monthly meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Following the meeting, Jason Sodergren will present information on raptor identification, as well as give an update on the April Hawkwatch near Gunsight Mountain on the Glenn Highway. Anyone interested in birding, citizen science or would just like to know more about the organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 235-9477 or Betty Siegel at 235-1598.

Need an energy audit?
Free commercial energy audits are available for Kenai Peninsula small businesses. For the second year in a row, Kenai Peninsula energy efficiency and renewable energy advocates have secured a USDA energy grant to provide small businesses with subsidized audits and help with paying for energy efficiency upgrades. For more information, contact Taz Tally at or 235-3793.

Garden club looks at grafting
The Homer Garden Club meeting will feature presentations on tomato grafting by Joseph Belcastro and growing peonies by Rita Jo Schultz at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bidarka Inn. For information, call 235-3650.

Speaker discusses the hiking life
The Kachemak Bay Conservation Society Annual Meeting will feature Camino de Santiago: A Pilgrim’s Journey, presented by Christina Whiting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Islands and Ocean Visitors Center. She will talk about her hike along the Santiago trail.

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