Public invited to Buccaneer protest
Cook Inletkeeper is calling for a peaceful Halloween protest near the dock of the Endeavour Spirit of Independence jack up rig tonight at 6 p.m. at the Fishing Dock Road on the Homer Spit. After two nights of public meetings, Inletkeeper Advocate Bob Shavelson said there is growing concern that Buccaneer Energy is misleading the community about its drilling rig and exploration plans.
“Help pull this event together,” Shavelson said. “This event can be anything we want it to be and I’m confident the energy and creativity of Homer will be well-reflected.”
Turkey basket applications open
Need a little help this Thanksgiving season? Applications for this year’s Kachemak Bay Lions Club Thanksgiving Baskets were made available at First National Bank on Monday. They will also be available at the Food Bank on Mondays.
“We are still appealing for donations of any kind,” said organizer Fran Van Sandt. “If you call, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.” Distribution will begin Nov. 17, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, at the United Methodist Church. Call 235-8761 for more info. Donations may be mailed to Kachemak Bay Lions, P.O. Box 1824 in Homer.
HEA fiber optic cable repaired
Homer Electric Association will spend about $52,000 to repair a fiber optic line that was knocked out of service by after someone shot it earlier this month.
The damage was discovered early in the morning of Oct. 8, when critical communication services provided by the cable were interrupted. HEA crews discovered that a bullet was responsible for the damage, but it is not known if the shooting was intentional. The incident occurred in an area often used for target shooting.
“Repairs to the damaged fiber will be expensive,” said Brad Janorschke, HEA General Manager. “Unfortunately, we have no choice but to pass these costs on to our members.”
HEA crews were able to complete the repairs and place the line back in normal operations on Oct. 10.
Fairs to feature activities for children
Homer Electric Association offers its members an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy-saving appliances, home improvements and alternative energy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at West Homer Elementary School. The fairs will feature local vendors displaying a variety of energy conservation-related products including appliances, recycling tips, construction materials, heating sources, lighting options and alternative energy information.
A time to remember
Hospice of Homer will hold its annual Remembrance Gathering at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Christian Science Reading room located on Bartlett Street across from the Pratt Museum.
Community members will have an opportunity to speak about their loved ones, and commemorate them via music and sweets as part of the celebration. For more information, call Hospice at 235-6899.
Haven House gets Rasmuson grant
Homer’s South Peninsula Haven House received grant money to purchase vehicles in the Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 1 grant awards. Tier 1 provides grants up to $25,000 for capital projects, technology upgrades, capacity building, program expansion, and creative works.
In the second and third quarters of 2012, Rasmuson Foundation made 84 Tier 1 grant awards, totaling $1,670,356 to Alaska nonprofits. Applications are accepted year-round.
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