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Lavrakas launches ‘Snap Decisions’
A book launch and presentation by Photographer Jim Lavrakas is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College. This is the Alaska premier for the release of former Anchorage Daily News photographer Lavrakas’s photo memoir, “Snap Decisions.”
Jim will show a photo presentation of some of the images from the book and talk about his career. Lavrakas was able to publish his book with the help of funding from the Kickstarter Program.

Caressa wins first place in F Magazine contest
The song “Fall For You” is the single off of Caressa’s new album “Starshine,” produced with the support of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award and a successful Kickstarter campaign. The video, directed by Tehben Dean, was filmed on location on the beach in Homer, and was both artists’ first music video project.
Of 36 entries from all over the state, “Fall For You” was announced the winner at a reception and viewing hosted by F Magazine at the Out North Art House on Nov. 3. Caressa and Dean both live and work in Homer. Caressa is currently enjoying a weekly residency, “Wanderlust Lounge” at Alice’s Champagne Palace every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Wanderlust Lounge is an open forum where people can share stories, songs, poems, food and each others’ company in an engaging, yet relaxed public atmosphere. She has concerts at the Down East Saloon on Thursday Nov. 8. and at AJ’s Oldtown Tavern on Saturday Nov. 17. Both concerts start at 7 p.m.
Dean has already made another music video for the Homer band ‘Holy Santos Gang” that is currently in post production. The world premiere will occur in conjunction with a Kickstarter campaign. Dates to be announced.

Southcentral reduces energy consumption
Officials from regional governments and utilities estimate an across-the-board energy load reduction of 1.5 percent last Wednesday night between 6-8 p.m., during the fourth Energy Watch conservation drill.
“Southcentral Alaska consumes approximately 70 BCF (Billion Cubic Feet) annually. The 1.5 percent consumed during the 2012 Energy Watch Test equates to approximately 1 BCF,” said Mayor Sullivan.
Savings was calculated and measured by analyzing consumption trend lines from before, after, and during the conservation test period.
On the electric side, conservation was measured by analyzing actual kilowatts used during the test and compared those figures against same-time, prior and post day usage.
Of note is the difficulty in determining precisely what load reductions were because of variations in temperature, daylight, potentially unrelated load reductions from large energy users.
In addition to the measurements conducted by the utilities, they commissioned a Hays Research Group poll that was conducted over the weekend.
Of the Southcentral residents polled, 61.2 percent were aware of a possible natural gas delivery problem, and more than 42 percent were aware of the Oct. 30 conservation test.
“These numbers prove we have been largely successful in communicating the challenges associated with gas deliverability in Cook Inlet,” said Mayor Sullivan.
The conservation drill was designed to gauge how much energy could be saved during a gas delivery shortfall. Should such a problem arise, residents of Southcentral Alaska

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