The “First-Ever Great Alaska Energy Challenge” announced that the City of Homer cut energy used by its sewer plant by six percent; enough to power eight homes for an entire year.
The four winners from Homer, Cordova, Palmer and Anchorage competed in the contest, which pitted teams from around the state against each other to see who could save the most energy. Ten teams participated in the six-month long inaugural challenge. In the process, they saved money and educated students about energy.
Combined energy efficiency and conservation efforts helped participants shave more than $40,000 compared to last year, and avoided emitting more than 500,000 pounds of CO2. The challenge is part of a broader effort that has a goal of reducing energy costs by improving efficency 15 percent by 2020.
The Homer Wilderness Leaders, known as HoWL, will be selling nettle burgers at a benefit concert on June 23. To prepare, they are asking for others to pick nettles and donate them. A one-gallon Ziploc bag earns a free nettle burger at the concert, or four gallon-sized bags earns a free HoWL day trip. Bring your bags by HoWL headquarters in the Yurt Village with your name on them or freeze them and give them to HoWL later.
Remember, to pick nettles, wear thin gloves. Bring little scissors and Ziploc bags. If you’re efficient, you should be able to fill a bag (crammed full, please) in about 10 minutes. Look for nettles that are two-three inches tall. Do not harvest nettles that are taller than six inches. Call at 399-HOWL for more information.
Raven’s Radio Hour is a two-hour show based on a 40s-style radio variety show, hosted by Raven, the quintessential creator/trickster of all Alaska’s Native cultures. Featuring a cast of five actors, the play by Jack Dalton and Ed Bourgeois honors parody, tradition and the origins of both as well as the importance of story in Alaskan Native cultures.
The play will be performed at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit, June 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and June 3 at 2 p.m. Parental guidance suggested. Ticket prices $15 general/$13 senior /$12 members of Pier One or Bunnell, $10 youth.
Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill authored by Rep. Paul Seaton adding new nicotine delivery products like candy-style mints, nicotine-laced hand wipes, toothpicks, and breath strips to the banned sale of tobacco products to minors. Both the House and the Senate unanimously passed Rep. Seaton’s HB 224 during the regular session.
“Continuing to focus on prevention is essential as we promote health and wellness statewide,” Seaton, R-Homer, said. “This law will prevent any unscrupulous corporation from using new, unregulated products to produce youth nicotine addiction with later conversion to tobacco sales.”
HB 224 made it a violation for anyone to give or sell a product containing nicotine to a minor. A violation would carry a minimum fine of $300.
“We realized, during a legislative hearing last year on dissolvable tobacco products, that there are more and more new items that deliver nicotine, not just the traditional cigar, cigarette and smokeless tobacco. We have these protections on traditional tobacco products and cannot leave these new products to lead to more of our kids becoming addicted,” Seaton said.
Seaton said the bill doesn’t cover tobacco cessation products like nicotine gum or patches that are provided by a healthcare professional or given by a parent or guardian. State-authorized cessation programs are also exempted.
HB 224 will take effect Aug. 22.
A portion of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will open for fishing only to anglers age 15 and younger on Saturday from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The youth-only sport fishing area will be posted. The remainder of the Fishing Lagoon will be open for fishing to anglers of all ages. All other sport fishing regulations remain in effect for the Fishing Lagoon and are found on Page 19 of the 2012 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.
The Mobile Aquatic Classroom and Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff will be present at the Fishing Lagoon from 11 – 2 p.m. Staff will be available to help young anglers gear up and fish for king salmon returning to the lagoon. Fishing rods will be available for kids to check out and use at the lagoon. The best chance to hook fish starts at 12:00 p.m. as the rising tide flows into the lagoon. Other activities scheduled include how to identify all species of salmon and local clams, tying egg loops and fishing knots, and learning the best way for releasing fish.
Free loaner spinning rods are also available to all anglers for up to a week through the Homer Fishing Rod Lender Program. Fishing rods can be checked out at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center or the Homer ADF&G Office.
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