Homer Electric Association will provide public tours of its new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project from 1-4:30 p.m. on May 1.
Tours will be 30 minutes long and provide the public an opportunity to get an up close look at the new power generation facility. The plant is the cornerstone of HEA’s Independent Light program and will provide up to 80 megawatts of power when it comes on line later this year.
Tour participants are asked to park in the lot in front of the former Agrium facility at Mile 21 on the Kenai Spur Highway. A shuttle bus will then take them over to the nearby generation plant.
The project is an active construction site and is not handicap accessible at this time. All tour participants must be at least 18 years old and have proper boots and outdoor gear in order to go on the tour.
For additional information, please call HEA at (800) 478-8551.
Development of potentially vast and important unconventional energy resources in Alaska, including viscous oil and methane hydrates, could be accelerated under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the State Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The purpose is to “improve cooperation and collaboration” between Alaska’s DNR and DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy related to research and development as well as “information sharing” connected to the development of unconventional energy resources in the state.
Under the agreement, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy will be responsible for developing opportunities in Alaska and providing scientific expertise and resources in support of projects.
The Seldovia Bay Ferry announced its fourth season of operation beginning May 23 and running through Sept. 3. The “Fast Ferry” will be providing the quick, 45-minute trip between Homer and Seldovia twice a day aboard the modern, 150 passenger M/V Kachemak Voyager. Reservations are not required; travelers can purchase tickets right on the ferry. Operating Thursday through Monday, the Kachemak Voyager departs Seldovia at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and departs Homer (Ramp 7) at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes before departure, more if transporting freight.
Extra travel dates to accommodate summer holidays include May 28, July 3 and Sept. 3.
The Alaska Nurses Association recently signed with Anchorage-based A.T. Publishing, Inc. for the printing and publication of its bi-monthly, statewide newsletter, The Alaska Nurse. This is distributed to every registered nurse and licensed practical nurse in the state of Alaska. The June 2013 edition will be the first from A.T. Publishing, keeping member dollars local rather than going to an out-of-state printer. The Alaska Nurse, which used to come out quarterly, will now have six editions published each year.
May 4 is the deadline for early registration and reduced fee for the highly acclaimed 2013 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to be held June 14-18 at Land’s End Resort.
This year’s keynote presenter will be internationally recognized and award-winning novelist, short-story writer and poet, Naomi Shihab Nye. The conference will also feature 17 other award-winning authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing.
Optional activities include manuscript reviews, editor/agent consultations, receptions, a boat cruise and open microphone. Evening readings on June 15-17 by visiting writers will be open to the general public at no charge. A special post-conference writing workshop, Nature Across the Genres, will be held at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge for conference registrants with award winning writer John Daniel. The conference’s special early registration fee is $375, space available. For program and registration information see: http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.
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