FYI – News briefs & announcements – Dec. 12

Biz ideas win entrepreneurs cash
Susannah Webster took first place in the 2012 BIZ-IDEA contest for her proposal of a “Bay Baby Caregiver Network.” The idea earned her a $1,000 cash prize. Michael Mungoven placed second with a proposal that Knob Hill Craftworks will produce artful and unique home furnishing using local woods. Dave Radke took third with a proposal for Alaska Elite Trim that would create molding, including floor and window trim, from the scraps of sawmill cut logs. 
Some 22 ideas were submitted in the contest, which is a cooperative effort of the Friends of the Homer Library, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Small Business Development Center. The contest was created to encourage entrepreneurship.
The library will host the three winners from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 8, as they explain their winning ideas.
 
AHFC has Homer housing project funds
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation announced its 2013 Greater Opportunities for Affordable Living grants and tax credits that will be awarded in Homer and five other communities statewide for developing or upgrading almost 200 affordable rental units for low-income and senior Alaskans. The 2013 program generates more than $47 million in economic impact to Alaska’s economy and adds 25 more units than the previous year’s project.
In Homer, the AHFC project involves  Harbor Ridge, the renovation of 24 units for low-income families. Also, the Alderbrook Phase II in Homer will lead to six new units for low-income families.

Vaccines no longer covered for insured
Beginning Jan. 1, public health nurses will no longer be able to immunize children who are covered by insurance.
The state-supplied vaccine will be available only to those children who are not covered by health insurance or who have a health insurance plan that does not cover the vaccine they need. An exception allows for vaccination of insured children who live in remote areas and have no access to vaccines except through the public health nurse.
Likewise, state-supplied adult vaccines will only be available for adults who have no health insurance or are under-insured. Adult vaccines are available to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, influenza and shingles. Fees are charged for all public health services, including administration of vaccines. Fees will be applied on a sliding-scale. No one will be refused service due to inability to pay.

It’s time to count birds
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count and potluck is Saturday. Meet at Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in the seminar room at 8:30 a.m. to form teams. Tea, coffee and breakfast breads will be available. Bring binoculars, a field guide and a scope if you have one and dress warmly. All levels of birding experience are welcome.
Return by 4:30 p.m. to compile data and enjoy a potluck meal. Bring a dish to share. For more information, call Dave Erikson at 235-3487 or BJ Hitchcock at 235-1265.

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