FYI News briefs & announcements – Jan. 16

Parnell’s State of the State
Gov. Sean Parnell is scheduled to give his 2013 State of the State Address tonight at 7 p.m. from the Alaska State Capital in Juneau. Parnell’s speech is set to begin shortly after a welcome reception for state legislators at Juneau’s Centennial Hall at the opening of the Legislative session to run from Jan. 15 to April 15. The annual State of the State speech is typically given the day after the start of the legislative session.
This speech will be Parnell’s fourth State of the State address since becoming governor in 2009 after the resignation of then-Gov. Sarah Palin, under whom he served as lieutenant governor.

Civil Rights Day Jan. 21

Dr. Stephen Haycox

Dr. Stephen Haycox

In honor of Alaska Civil Rights Day, Kachemak Bay Campus with support from the UAA Diversity Council will present its annual public presentation at 6:30p.m. Monday. Dr. Stephen Haycox will present a talk on “Civil Rights in Alaska: The Historical Perspective and the Popular Perception.”
Haycox is an American cultural historian at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He specializes in the relationship of Alaska to the history of the American west. He has published widely on Alaska Native history: Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics and Environment in Alaska, and Alaska: An American Colony. He is the recipient of an Alaska Governor’s Humanities Award (2003), and the University of Alaska Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence (2002), and was named Alaskan Historian of the Year (Alaska Historical Society) in 2003. He teaches Alaska history, history of the American West and American environmental history, and writes a bi-weekly opinion column for the Anchorage Daily News. This is open to the public. For accommodation services, please contact KBC at 235-7743 ahead of time.

Strong women needed for program
The StrongWomen program is recruiting trainers and will pay for the training.  Sponsored by the South Peninsula Hospital, requirements and more information can be found at In exchange for the training, SPH would want the person to be either a regular instructor or substitute instructor for at least one year.  Instructors are paid a very nominal fee by the Homer Senior Center. Interested individuals can learn more or sign up by calling Kelly Luck at 235-0258.  The next training will be in February. StrongWomen is an exercise and nutrition program for women 50 and older and was designed by Dr. Miriam Nelson and colleagues at Tufts University. The program grew out of the need to reduce osteoporosis and hip fractures in women. The exercises have demonstrated an increase in strength and bone mass, and improves balance for participants.

2013 Homer Winter Carnival
Are you ready for some winter fun? The Homer Winter Carnival is right around the corner. This year’s theme is “Snowmachines, Skates and Skis – Oh My!”. The Winter Carnival will be happening Feb. 7-10 with the parade at noon Saturday Feb. 9th. Lots of fun activities are in the planning for the community. If you would like to participate in the parade or volunteer your time the day of the parade, contact Nyla at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 235-7740, email at or stop by and say hello.

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