FYI News briefs & announcements – May 22

Earthquake jolts Homer

The United States Geological Center reported a magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck the Kenai Peninsula area last Thursday. The quake’s epicenter was approximately 27 miles southwest of Homer at a depth of 33.5 feet. No significant damages or injuries were reported.

Help relocate Haven House thrift store

Haven House is looking for help this weekend from youth (anyone for that matter) moving Homer Thrift shop from out East End into a building across from Spenard Builders Supply.
Please pass the word of this volunteer/community service opportunity. Anyone interested can inquire at the R.E.C. Room to learn more or call Haven House at 235-7712, push 0.

Don’t hold your horses

Monday, May 28 at High Noon is the annual opening of the Cottonwood Horse Park. There will be fun for the entire family with face painters, pony rides, games, Marian’s chili and cornbread.
Come watch as our talented equestrians dazzle us with their demonstrations. Cottonwood Horse Park is located at 1.7 mile East End Road. For more information, contact Roberta 235-8214.

Celebrate 100 Years of Alaska Aviation

Homer will celebrate 100 years of Alaska aviation on Friday, May 24, with an air show, as well as the chance to see vintage aircraft, talk to pilots and learn about aviation history.
Bald Mountain Air Service is hosting the event, including the arrival of the Centennial Pilots at the Homer Airport at 1 p.m. A meet-and-greet and community gathering will follow at the Bald Mountain Hangar, 3758 FAA Road, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
The Alaska Air Show Association has organized the Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration, which runs May 9 though July 14 across the state. The event began on May 9th in Cordova, will visit western Alaska, the Arctic and the Interior before it ends at the Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage on July 14.
Festivities recognize the first flight in Alaska in 1913, and honor the men and women who blazed the trail for aviation. 
At the Homer Airport, Centennial pilots will conduct aerial demonstrations featuring select warbirds and vintage aircraft. Complimentary sandwiches and drinks will be provided by Homer Air, Pathfinder Aviation and Maritime Helicopters.
Learn more about the Alaska Aviation Centennial Celebration at Bald Mountain Air Service is headquartered in Homer, and has been operating accident-free since 1993. Learn more at

City solicits CIP nominations for 2014-2019

Work is now underway to update the City of Homer’s Capital Improvement Plan. Community organizations and agencies are urged to contact the City Manager’s office by June 14 to request that particular projects be included in the new CIP. Please note that the entire CIP process is beginning earlier this year in an attempt to present the CIP to state and federal decision makers in a timely manner.
The Capital Improvement Plan is a six-year planning document for major acquisition and construction projects. Capital projects typically have a value of $25,000 or greater and result in a fixed asset with a useful life of at least three years.
While most of the City of Homer CIP projects are specific to municipal government operations like roads, water/sewer and harbor projects, others are spearheaded by nonprofit organizations or state/federal agencies.
Typically the CIP contains about 60 projects and only a handful get funded each year. Nevertheless, it is important for any organization that is proposing a project with broad community benefit to contact the city.
Work on the CIP will continue all summer and into the fall, with final adoption of the entire CIP and the legislative priority list in September. Public input is welcome throughout the process.
The current CIP (2013-2018) can be found on the City of Homer website at
Contact: Katie Koester,, 435-3101.

‘Bye Bye Birdies’

Kachemak Bay Birders will hold their last meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. A potluck will follow the meeting and several members will present a slide show Please bring a dish to share.
For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 235-9477

Gas prices

Alaska, May 20- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.03/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/g, according to gasoline price website
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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