FYI News briefs & announcements – Dec. 26

Governor’s budget adds Homer projects
In Gov. Sean Parnell’s budget proposal for 2014, the Homer Harbor is funded for $4,206,000 in improvements. The governor also included funding for the Beluga Lake Float Plane Base Planning Study, at $250,000, East End Road Rehabilitation – Milepost 3.7 to 12.2 $850,000 and Lake Street Rehabilitation $5,000,000. The Sterling Highway’s severe erosion problem at Mile Post 153 also gained attention, with a $4 million fix. Commercial fishermen accessing Bristol Bay also should benefit from road completion work funded at $6 million on Pile Bay Road over by Illiamna Lake.

Crab harvest begins Jan. 15
Just in time for the holidays, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council is once again offering Kodiak Tanner crab harvested by small-boat, conservation minded fishermen to Homer for the first time. The program, called “Catch of the Season,” is modeled after a community-supported fishery.
Individuals can pre-purchase boxes of the crab sustainably harvested by local fishermen and pick them up after the crab has been harvested. All proceeds from the program benefit the work of AMCC in Kodiak. In addition, fishermen who participate in the program get a higher price for their catch than they would otherwise. The carefully managed Kodiak Tanner crab fishery only occurs once a year during a short winter season that begins Jan. 15. Crab should be available on Jan. 24.

Legislator looking for laptops
Rep. Les Gara and the foster care group, Facing Foster Care In Alaska, are launching the third-annual “Laptops for Foster Youth Holiday Drive.”
Gara’s office started this effort with foster youth advocate Amanda Metivier, Statewide Coordinator of FFCA. Over the past two years. the drive has resulted in 200 matches for youth. 
If you have a late model or new laptop you want to donate, it should be less than four years old, possess a word processing program and have Internet capability. Call Gara’s office at (907) 269-0106. There are additional ways to help if you have time, but no computer to donate.

Treadwell certifies ‘Bristol Bay Forever’
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified a proposed ballot initiative that would require legislative approval for a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay Region.
Supporters of the “Bristol Bay Forever” proposal will have up to a year to gather the required signatures, in hopes of getting the measure on the 2014 ballot. The proposal would require legislative approval for a large-scale mine that would extract metals, including gold and copper, from sulfide-bearing rock and directly disturb at least 640 acres of land.
The proposal doesn’t specifically name the Pebble Mine Project, but would almost certainly have implications affecting it.
Ski your age
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club is hosting a “Ski Your Age” non-competitive family ski event on Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your holiday leftovers and ski your age in kilometers. The event invites you to ski 100km, minus your age, or see how many kilometers your family rack up all together.

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