FYI news briefs & announcements – May 16

Senator concerned about debris hazards

Hearing tsunami debris concerns rising among Alaska’s fishermen, Sen. Lisa Murkowski reached out to NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, pushing for information on the status of ongoing prevention and monitoring efforts.
“Alaska is already experiencing higher levels of debris than typical, particularly off Montague and Kayak Islands in the Prince Williams Sound area,” Murkowski notified Lubchenco in a letter.  “I respectfully request that NOAA coordinate with other federal agencies, the State of Alaska, local governments and local industry to track debris that could encroach on historical fishing grounds and make vessel operators aware of the location of potential hazards.”
Murkowski pointed out extra funding is provided in the FY2013 Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill to track and mitigate debris from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  Murkowski sits on that subcommittee.

Trucks plow through HEA power lines

Homer Electric crews responded to two separate outages last week that were caused by dump trucks coming into contact with power lines.
The first one occurred when a dump truck snagged a power line near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and K-Beach Road, near Poppy Lane.
The severity of the impact tore down the electric wire and also broke two power poles. The incident has left 76 homes in the area without power. In order to make repairs to the power poles, HEA had to drop power to a portion of the K-Beach area for a short period of time later Wednesday evening. A second dump truck operating in the Nikiski area hit a power line near Cabin Lake. The line is owned by Agrium, but HEA crews responded to the incident and assisted in making repairs to the line.

Light quakes rattle Homer

A light earthquake struck northwest of Homer, where residents have reported feeling the temblor. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the magnitude 4.0 quake hit at 9:09 p.m. Saturday. It was located 53 miles west-northwest of Homer. The earthquake also was felt in Kenai. No injuries or damages have been reported.

Redistricting decision for 2012 voting

The Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision Friday adopting the Alaska Redistricting Board’s Amended Proclamation Plan as an interim plan for the 2012 state legislative elections. This draws the voting boundaries for the Homer District as separating it from the villages across Kachemak Bay.

MAPP meeting

The Southern Kenai Peninsula’s community health improvement project Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships will be holding a community meeting on Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus Pioneer Hall Room 202.
Anyone who would like to hear results from recent community health data and learn about and/or share recent community efforts that support our 12 community health priorities are welcome to participate. Based on the 2010 community health assessments and community visioning discussions, the 12 community health priorities were identified as: Recreation, addressing violence and substance abuse in families, public transportation, community resources, healthy lifestyle choices, sustainable businesses, local public health system coalition, organizational collaboration and communication, expansion of vocational education, identification of youth needs and wants, arts and culture, and affordable housing.

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