FYI – July 17

Unrest in Egypt pushes gas prices up
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.02/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 11.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.62/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 0.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 19.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. senior petroleum analyst, Patrick DeHaan said the increase in prices likely stems from unrest in Egypt.

Earthquake rocks the Kenai
An early morning 4.4 earthquake rocked the Kenai Peninsula at 1:16 a.m. Sunday. According to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center, the epicenter was approximately 50 miles north of Homer, at a depth of 35 miles. Several aftershocks followed the initial tremor.

Don’t let the location fool you
Players between the ages of 12 and 90-plus will gather at the Homer Senior Center at 1 p.m. Thursday to compete for Peninsula bridge bragging rights.  Kachemak Bridge Club hosts the Kenai Bridge Club in a 32-player showdown that promises some big-time bridge play.

Democrats meet
District 30 Democrats will meet on Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 pm at the Homer Real Estate office, 1529 Ocean Drive. Call Liz Diament at 914-588-0332 for more information.

Wanted: Young actors
The R.E.C. Room is looking for a few good actors to help with a short film about teen suicide prevention. Filming will take place at Homer High School the week of July 29- Aug. 2. Acting in this film requires the commitment of only one day during the week.
Get involved in a good cause. Sign up by stopping by the R.E.C. Room anytime Mon.-Wed., between 2-4:30 p.m. You can also call 235-6736, or contact The Center at 235-9248.

Alaskans sign up to support SB 21
More than 40,000 Alaskans signed their support for Senate Bill 21: The “Vote Yes, Repeal the Giveaway” campaign. The signatures from 40 districts were gathered in 90 days; far more than required to put the bill to a vote of the Alaska people next year.
“What became clear as the campaign came to a close was the urgency most Alaskans felt to go out and find a petition book to sign,” said campaign coordinator Pat Lavin. “Giving billions away with nothing in return just doesn’t make any sense.”
Hundreds of volunteers across the state responded to the urgency of the 90-day timeline. After the Division of Elections verifies signatures, the repeal initiative goes to the 2014 primary ballot next August.

Tustumena return further delayed
The Alaska Marine Highway System announced Monday that the M/V Tustumena has been rescheduled to return to service Aug. 20. The vessel was to begin service July 23, however, recent inspections revealed certain repairs to the vessel made at Seward Ship’s Drydock do not meet regulatory standards.
In order to meet the required safety standards for passenger service, the shipyard will require additional time beyond the project extension to correct the repairs.
As a result AMHS is forced to cancel M/V Tustumena service through Aug. 19. Marine Highway System staff is contacting affected passengers. For more information, call your local terminal, the AMHS central reservations office at (907) 465-3941 or toll free at (800) 642-0066. An updated schedule is available online at

Gov. Parnell signs Silver Alert Legislation
Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation today that will help in the recovery of missing and vulnerable adults.House Bill 59, dubbed the “Silver Alert” and sponsored by Representative Max Gruenberg, requires the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Public Safety, to develop and implement notification plans to more quickly locate missing vulnerable adults.
Currently, 29 states have a “Silver Alert” or similar program for the recovery of missing vulnerable adults. These states have seen a success rate of nearly 95 percent. In 2015 the population of Alaskans aged 60 and older is estimated to be 100,000, and by 2024 the population is expected to grow to 155,000.

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