Obama approves disaster declaration
Two weeks after making a request in support of Gov. Sean Parnell’s disaster declaration for the storm-afflicted Kenai Peninsula Borough, President Barack Obama approved it.
On Jan. 19, the delegation urged the White House to “act on the request expeditiously” and disburse funds. Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from the severe storm that occurred Nov. 15-17.
DHS affirms Escopeda’s $15 million fine
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security upheld a $15 million fine against Escopeda Oil Co., now called Furie Operating Alaska. The fine was issued for a Jones Act violation in bringing the jackup rig Spartan 151 to Alaska without employing a U.S.-flagged vessel for transport.
In asking for mitigation, Escopeda asserted “extraordinary extenuating circumstances,” including drilling for oil as a national security issue, in arguing for a reduction in penalty. But the commission found the violation was “deliberate and thus, aggravated.”
Heart Smart seminar rescheduled
South Peninsula Hospital offers Heart Smart Eating, a free forum which will focus on how to incorporate tasty, heart-healthy foods into your diet.
The forum will now be 1-2 p.m. Friday at Homer Senior Center. For more information call 235-0258.
City of Homer grants now available
The deadline is approaching for the Homer Foundation applications now available for the City of Homer Grants Program. This annual competitive grants program is administered by the Homer Foundation and made possible through an annual budget allocation from the City of Homer and earnings from the City of Homer and the Kachemak City Funds, both managed by the Homer Foundation.
Applications are available through the Homer Foundation, call 235-0541. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 24.
Celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
Feb. 16 is Alaska’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Kachemak Bay Campus will show the film “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow” in Alaska in commemoration at 6:30 p.m.
Historian and professor Michael Hawfield will facilitate a discussion following the film. “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska” is a film about courageous Alaska Natives who overcame prejudice, disadvantage and blatant bigotry to win justice for all Alaskans. A blend of documentary and drama, with reenactments, new interviews and rare historic footage, this one-hour film traces the story of Alaska’s civil rights movement in a series of victories for citizenship, voting rights, school desegregation and freedom from discrimination.
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