Community News – March 6

Photo by Joseph Robertia

Photo by Joseph Robertia

Higher-tech plowing

The Alaska Department of Transportation now uses a quicker, more efficient tow plow to remove snow. The trailer has two steerable axles and a 26-foot moldboard attached to the right side. When the blade is lowered and the trailer moves about 30 degrees, it clears a 13-foot-wide path. That’s in addition to the 11-foot-wide path cleared by the truck towing it. This more than doubles production, with a 30 percent increase in fuel costs.

Community input compilation now available

MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula, the local community health improvement effort, has recently posted the preliminary results from the “Perceptions of Community Health” survey that residents received in local papers and through local organizations in November and December 2012.
More than 1,180 community members shared their ideas. While this survey is just one part of the overarching Community Health Needs Assessment underway, these results will be compared with other health data the community is collecting to clarify the most important issues our community wants to address over the next few years.
To view and download these results, visit For additional information or questions, please contact Megan Murphy, MAPP coordinator, at 235-0570 or

Become a Safe Sitter

South Peninsula Hospital will offer a Safe Sitter Class March 13-14. The class is designed for 11-13 year olds to teach basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aid, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette.
The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.

Money to get your hands dirty

Homer Marine Trades Association announced a new scholarship for Homer. This is a scholarship up to $1,000 for a student attending or planning to attend a trade or technical school. Deadline for application is April 15.
Applications are available at Homer area school counselor’s offices, or for download online at
The Homer Marine Trade Association currently has 66 businesses as members and is growing quickly. At the first membership meeting in October, the group identified finding trained and qualified employees as the biggest challenge in growing local businesses.
This scholarship is to encourage young people who would prefer to work hands-on in industry to get the advanced training they might need.
If you have questions about the scholarship application, contact committee members: Cinda Martin, Wells Fargo Bank; Mike Stockburger, Homer Boat Yard; Matt Alward, Bulletproof Nets or Don Lane, F/V Predator.

‘Thou Shalt Kill?’

The final Community Conversation, “Thou Shalt Kill?” is scheduled for Thursday in the Sunroom at the Methodist Church.
The conversation will start at 7:30 p.m., which is 30 minutes later than previously scheduled, and run until 9 p.m. This week’s topic is “Personal Violence: Suicide, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”

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