New park superintendent appointed
Jack Blackwell has been appointed to the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area park superintendent position. He will step into his new role with the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation effective Sept. 17. He replaces a retiring Jack Sinclair.
Blackwell has worked for DPOR since 1990, when he was hired as a Natural Resource Technician based out of the Juneau office. He served as the division’s lead staff person in Sitka until 2002, and has been working in the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area as a Park Ranger II since 2002.
Local energy source released
The Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys released a 144-page report compiling all the available information on fossil fuel and geothermal resources that potentially could be used to provide energy for communities throughout Alaska.
The report, “Fossil Fuel and Geothermal Energy Sources for Local Use in Alaska,” supplements the Alaska Energy Authority’s Renewable Energy Atlas and Alaska Energy Pathway, which compiled similar information on renewable resources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power. Much of this information is now online at www.akenergyinventory.org.
Riders in the Sky coming soon
Homer Council on the Arts is bringing “Riders in the Sky” to Homer, where they will perform for the public and school children on Sept. 27.
Riders in the Sky is a Western music band with their own brand of “wacky humor and way-out Western wit.” Students in grades 3-6 will be bused to a performance at 12:30 p.m. The public performance is 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre.
Riders in the Sky began performing in 1977. Their style also appeals to children, and they are sometimes considered a children’s band. They have won two Grammy Awards and have written and performed music for major motion pictures, including “Woody’s Roundup” from Toy Story Two and Pixar’s short film, For the Birds.
Get emergency kits in order
Recent wind storms and power outages show the importance of preparing for a disaster. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is urging Alaskans to take three steps to prepare for disasters; get a kit, make a plan and be informed.
A kit contains essential items needed for an individual or family to survive the first few days after a major disaster. It should include:
One gallon of water, per person per day for at least seven days; at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries; flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit; cold-weather gear and blankets/sleeping bags; a dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place; moist towelettes, garbage bags for personal sanitation; wrench or pliers to turn off utilities; can opener for food and an indoor-safe heat source such as hand warmers, emergency candles or wood stoves, and cell phones with chargers, inverter or solar chargers.
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