FYI News briefs & announcements – May 29

Gas prices fall

Alaska, May 27- Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.05/gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gallon, according to gasoline price website
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 42.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 13.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands unchanged compared to this day one year ago.
“Memorial Day weekend is now over, and believe it or not, many areas saw gasoline prices declining ahead of the long weekend,” said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “The U.S. national average dropped nearly three cents per gallon in the last week, while some areas saw an even bigger decline. The best news for motorists is that June typically brings some relief at the pump compared to where prices peaked in May, so for many areas across the country, prices will likely continue to decline,” DeHaan said.

Governor Parnell signs insurance bills

On May 23, Governor Sean Parnell signed two pieces of legislation designed to streamline and modernize insurance laws in Alaska.
“I thank Representative Kurt Olson for sponsoring legislation that will help Alaskans and Alaska small business owners,” Governor Parnell said. “These bills will increase transparency and improve efficiency for Alaskans.”
House Bill 175, sponsored by Representative Kurt Olson, modernizes the way property and casualty insurers are permitted to conduct business in Alaska. The new law allows insurers to provide policies insured in three ways — by mailing them, delivering them, or if the insurer agrees, by posting the policies and endorsements on the insurer’s website.
House Bill 168, also sponsored by Representative Olson, clarifies the definition of travel insurance and seller qualifications, easing the regulatory burdens for Alaska’s travel agents and providing better protections for Alaska consumers.

‘Resource Family Orientation’ tomorrow

The Office of Children’s Services is conducting a resource family orientation on May 30, from 6-8 p.m. at the OCS office, 3670 Lake Street in Homer. This orientation is geared for individuals interested in becoming foster parents and resource families for children in the foster care system.
There will be application packets and a licensing representative on hand to answer any questions you might have in order to simply inquire about or to begin the process of becoming a foster or resource family home. To learn more about how to make a difference in a child’s life and in your community, please join us. For more info, call Tonja Whitney at 907-283-3136.

KBFPC Board needs members

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic seeks interested community members to apply to serve as members of the Board. This is an opportunity to help preserve access to low- and no-cost reproductive health care and education for men, women and families of the Southern Kenai Peninsula.
The KBFPC, now celebrating its 30th year, offers a range of confidential clinical services for men and women such as Annual Well-Woman Exams, birth control consultation and supplies, and STD testing and treatment. The KBFPC also operates the R.E.C Room (Youth Resource and Enrichment Co-op), that provides teens with a safe space to spend time with friends and get connected with other healthy activities and resources available for youth in our community. KBFPC’s Women’s Health Outreach Program reaches medically underserved women by combining door-to-door outreach and public events to provide education and facilitate access to health care options through the Alaska Breast and Cervical Health Check Program.
Community members with experience in event planning, teaching, health care, business, or other Board experience urged to apply. For questions or to send a letter of interest, please contact Morgan Sicilia, board president at

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