The Alaska Volcano Observatory’s latest status report from Saturday afternoon said “seismic activity at Iliamna Volcano remains slightly above background. Nothing unusual was observed in the webcamera and there were mostly cloudy satellite images over the past 24 hours. The current activity at Iliamna does not indicate an imminent or certain eruption.”
Iliamna Volcano, 70 miles northwest of Homer, experienced increased seismic activity, causing concern among some Cook Inlet area residents. But according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, an eruption is considered not imminent or certain.
A similar seismic “swarm” at Iliamna in 1996-1997 was not followed by an eruption, and historically the mountain hasn’t exhibited volcanic activity. According to the “webicorder” streaming seismic data from a monitoring station about two miles from Iliamna’s summit, a band of new seismic activity began Saturday a little before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and ended by 10:30 a.m.
Homer Electric Association members elected three directors at the cooperative’s Annual Meeting in Homer on Thursday evening.
David Thomas of Kenai won the race for the seat in District 1, Dave Carey of Soldotna was elected to the seat in District 2, and incumbent Jim Levine of Homer was elected to the seat in District 3.
In District 2 Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof, Dave Carey received 880 votes. Ed Oberts finished with 674 votes. In District 3 South Kasilof-Kachemak Bay, Jim Levine received 1,082 votes and Carl Martinez received 330 votes.
HEA members approved a ballot proposition amending the Bylaws to allow for electronic voting in cooperative elections. The ballot proposition received 3,130 yes votes and 1,121 no votes.
Debbie Debnam of Sterling was selected to serve as president, Bill Fry of Homer, named vice-president, Dick Waisanen of Soldotna secretary-treasurer and Jim Levine of Homer deputy secretary.
The annual meeting also featured recognition of the winners of Homer Electric’s Scholarship awards for Homer High School of $500 each: Sarah D’Water, Kathleen McNary, Kirsten Swanson, Victoria Vaz and Robin Wettach-Glosser.
Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation that provides additional funding for community revenue sharing. An additional $25 million is included for revenue sharing, which will increase community funding to $85 million in Fiscal Year 2013.
Parnell also signed House Bill 250, reauthorizing the Renewable Energy Grant Fund Program through 2018. Since the program’s inception in 2008, it has issued grants for more than 200 renewable energy projects across the state. With an emphasis on making grants accessible to those with the highest energy costs, the program has demonstrated that investing in renewables can lower the cost of energy for many small communities that are otherwise totally dependent on diesel fuel.
Correction on this release:
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Kachemak Bay Campus Pioneer Hall, the latest round of MAPP meetings is open to the public. Come share and learn about current community efforts and hear new results of community health data. Lunch is provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Megan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 235-0570
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