Homer Electric has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that raises the Cost of Power Adjustment from $0.04151 per kilowatt hour to $0.04556 per kilowatt hour. The increase goes into effect for all billings starting on April 1. This change is the result of an increase in the energy and demand rates charged by Chugach Electric. The increase was partially offset by a reduction in fuel costs.
COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and reflects changes in the cost of power purchased by HEA from Chugach Electric.
The increase to the COPA will change the blended energy rate for HEA residential members from $0.16910 per kilowatt hour to $0.17315 per kilowatt hour. This will mean an increase of $2.25 per month for the average residential member with a usage of 630 kilowatt hours.
Gov. Sean Parnell has invited additional Alaska communities to host the Governor’s Family Picnic in 2013. Starting last summer, a community outside of the urban areas of Fairbanks, Mat-Su, Anchorage and Juneau was selected to host the annual picnic.
The Governor’s Family Picnics are sponsored by donations from Alaska businesses and hundreds of volunteers. Communities interested in hosting the 2013 traveling picnic are encouraged to visit the governor’s website: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/governors-picnic/traveling-picnic.html.
University of Alaska Anchorage Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. Stephen Haycox, will join Homer award-winning journalist and author Tom Kizzia to give a public presentation on “Seward: Alaska’s Indispensable Man” at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College at 6:30 p.m. March 29. This free program is offered in observance of “Seward Day,” Alaska’s annual commemoration of the Purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867.
Haycox is Professor Emeritus in Alaska history and has written extensively on Alaska’s heritage. Homer resident Tom Kizzia recently published a review of the new biography of William H. Seward, the U.S. Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska. The new book, by Walter Stahl, is entitled Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, appeared in 2012 and reveals many new or little-known aspects of Seward’s role in the Purchase, which took place 146 years ago.
Discussion will also focus on the long-term impact of the Purchase, as well as how it fit into the larger picture of the growth of the U.S. and anything else the audience wishes to explore.
In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, South Peninsula Hospital is offering reduced rate screening colonoscopies and a special free lunch presentation.
SPH invites the community to a special luncheon presentation by Dr. Greg Hough, board-certified general surgeon, at noon today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Center.
The College Council will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. The College Council is advisory in nature and members are recruited from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula to provide input to KPC administration. The meeting is open to the public.
For a copy of the agenda, contact Sue Evanson at 262-0318 or: www.kpc.alaska.edu/KPC/CC-reports/
The Veterans of Foreign War Post 10221 located in Anchor Point invites all area communities to their Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt 2 p.m. March 31. There are designated age areas for the hunt.
Special prize eggs will be marked. If you find one of these special eggs, bring it to the Easter Egg Headquarters and turn it in for a prize of your choice. There will be goodies to enjoy after the hunt as well. Come and join the VFW for an “eggcellent” time.
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