Grant Airlines shut down its operations at the Homer Airport on Sunday, but a small staff has stayed on to answer questions and make calls to those who had reservations to fly soon on Grant flights.
Phaedra Bennett, Grant’s Homer station manager, said they were notified on Feb. 8 that Grant Aviation was discontinuing flight service into Homer. They were not given a lot of information, Bennett said, but felt the company wants to better use its resource at other Alaska airports.
They have been told Grant will consider resuming more flights this summer out of Homer. Kenai air service will continue by Grant for its Kenai-Anchorage flights.
Grant employs three full-time workers at the Homer Airport. Anyone holding paid tickets should contact Grant about getting a refund or transferring the credits. Call 235-2757 for more information.
The geothermal lease sale on May 8 will coincide with oil and gas lease sales, the state Department of Natural Resources said. The state will offer oil and gas exploration rights around Cook Inlet and the Alaska Peninsula, an area of southwestern Alaska that has had only limited petroleum exploration.
The geothermal piece is 66,000 acres at Mount Augustine, a 4,134-foot island volcano 180 miles southwest of Anchorage and 60 miles southwest of Homer. The volcano poses risks to explorers, including earthquakes, landslides and mudflows, volcanic gas and ash releases, explosions and lava flows, the department’s presale report said. Augustine last erupted in 2006.
The state says it has settled a consumer protection case with promoters who failed to properly disclose their financial relationships with tourism companies they represented to cruise-ship passengers in Alaska.
The Florida-based promotion companies agreed that, starting this year, they would disclose their ties to the companies they promote, said Ed Sniffen, an attorney in the state’s consumer protection office. The promoters promised they wouldn’t disparage competing businesses in Alaska. The three settlement agreements were signed last week and required a penalty payment to the state.
The ENSTAR’s Plumbing and Heating Contractor’s Code Meeting will be 1-3 p.m. today at the Bidarka Inn. This meeting is to cover codes for converting to natural gas appliances. Anyone planning on installing their own piping is encouraged to attend.
The Great Backyard Bird Count begins Friday and runs through Monday. It’s an easy opportunity to participate in a Citizen Science project. You simply count birds for as little as 15 minutes anywhere you see them.
For all the details and to print a checklist of birds in Homer go to www.birdsource.org/gbbc. For questions contact BJ at 235-1265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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