HEA requests rate changes
Homer Electric Association is requesting a rate change in its quarterly filings with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. HEA proposed to decrease the Cost of Power Adjustment from 4.556 cents per kilowatt hour to 4.295 cents per kWh. This adjustment reflects the cost of fuel used to generate electricity purchased by HEA from Chugach Electric.
This, combined with an eight percent base rate increase effective July 1, will bring the blended residential rate (energy rate plus COPA) to 18.075 cents per kWh from 17.315 cents per kWh.
The requested rate changes will result in a 4.39 percent increase in the monthly residential bill for HEA members. That translates to approximately $4.79 for the average (630 kWh) residential member.
If approved by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the proposed changes will be effective for all billings beginning July 1, 2013.
Gas prices on the rise
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.04 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.64 per gallon according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 4.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Tustumena return to service delayed
The Alaska Marine Highway System announced last week that the M/V Tustumena will not return to service until July 23, 2013.
The M/V Tustumena entered a federal capital improvement project in November, 2012 and was originally scheduled to return to service on April 17, 2013. Unexpected discovery items, specifically steel work, necessitated a project extension until May 29, 2013.
The Alaska Department and Transportation and Public Facilities has agreed with the shipyard to extend the project timeline. As a result, AMHS is forced to cancel scheduled M/V Tustumena sailings through July 22. The vessel is scheduled to begin service July 23, 2013 departing Seldovia.
Due to the high volume of passenger traffic on state ferries during July, AMHS will not be able to reroute other vessels to the affected communities.
An updated schedule is available online at FerryAlaska.com, and AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers. For more information, call your local terminal or the AMHS central reservations office at 465-3941 or toll free at (800)642-0066.
Learn how to burn
Homer city limits: Burn permits are required year-round and can be obtained at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits are free-of-charge and are issued for up to one year.
Outside Homer city limits: State burn permits are required April 1 – Aug. 31. and can be online at www.forestry.alaska.gov/burn or at the Division of Forestry, Homer office, on Kachemak Drive, 235-7734.
For additional information, contact Soldotna Division of Forestry at 260-4200.
For camping, cooking and warming fires, please make sure your fire is within a well-established fire pit that is three feet or less in diameter.
Although using a burn barrel does not require a burn permit, there are burn barrel specifications and practices mandated by the State of Alaska and local city code (Homer City Code 5.20.030). A complete list of requirements can be found at www.forestry.alaska.gov/burnbarrel.
Firewise Alaska: For a free defensible space inspection of your property on the southern Kenai Peninsula, please contact Darren Finley, Fire Prevention Officer, Soldotna Division of Forestry, 260-4260. Trained technicians will be happy to schedule an appointment with you to visit your property. They can help you determine your hazards and give suggestions on how to reduce your fire risks.
Firewise Alaska booklets and brochures are available, at no charge, at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. You can also visit the Kenai Peninsula Firewise website for more information at www.firewisekp.com.
Search resumes for Valerie Sifsof
Family and friends of Valerie Sifsof, who disappeared July 7, 2012, are renewing their search in the area of the Granite Creek Campground and are urging hikers and campers in the area to be on the lookout for any clues to her disappearance.
The family’s renewed efforts have included a four-day search using past volunteers who know the search area, canine teams and 10 trips down the creek using rafts and boats. Future searches are planned, and use of a helicopter is possible. Troopers are treating this as an active case.
The family has a website, www.valeriesifsof.com, where they continue to post information about the search.
The $27,000 reward still in effect is for information leading to the safe recovery of Sifsof, and/or the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for her disappearance. The fund requires a non-anonymous informant, and is administered by Victims for Justice. Persons with information should call the Alaska State Troopers at 783-0972.
An additional cash reward of up to $1,000 is offered through Crime Stoppers for tips that lead to the arrest of a felony crime suspect. Tips may be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP, or at Crime Stoppers secure website at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
Anyone interested in contributing to the Valerie Sifsof Reward Fund can do so through Victims for Justice at 278-0977; by mail to Victims for Justice, 1057 Fireweed Lane, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99503; or by making a deposit to the Victims for Justice/Valerie Sifsof Fund at any branch of First National Bank Alaska.
Comments are closed