FYI News briefs & announcements – August 14

Stay current on HEA projects
Homer Electric Association will host a series of area meetings across the Kenai Peninsula that will feature a family style barbecue dinner, followed by a short presentation on current HEA projects and activities. Schedule for South Peninsula meetings is as follows:
•  Wednesday, Sept. 4, Anchor Point, Chapman Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.
•  Thursday, Sept. 5, Ninilchik, Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, 5:30 p.m.
•  Thursday, Sept. 12, Seldovia, Sea Otter Community Center, Noon
HEA members are encouraged to attend and learn about some of the exciting projects the electric cooperative is undertaking. For more information about the meetings, please call HEA Public Relations Coordinator Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.

Activist priest to speak at WKFL
Father Roy Bourgeois, a tireless advocate for human rights, will speak this Saturday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at WKFL Park in Homer.
Bourgeois is a laicized Roman Catholic priest,  American activist and founder of the human rights group School of the Americas Watch in 1990.

Alaska gas prices increase slightly
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.02 per gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices on Monday were 16.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
The national average has decreased 1.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 9.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

State to kill wolves on Kenai Peninsula
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is moving forward with plans to shoot wolves from helicopters in a portion of the Kenai Peninsula, but an assistant area biologist says moose numbers are not likely to increase because the area lacks winter forage.
The Peninsula Clarion reported that state “intensive management” will take place on 83 square miles of Unit 15A between November and March.
Unit 15A covers land from the Sterling Highway north to the edge of the peninsula. Most of 15A is managed by federal authorities, who have consistently rejected shooting wolves from aircraft.
Fish and Game area assistant biologist Jason Herreman, said that, in addition to shooting wolves by air, intensive management also will include increased trapping. Killing predators is intended to increase moose numbers, but that will not happen in 15A, Herreman said, because the unit’s habitat has too few winter food sources and cannot support more moose.
With additional wolves killed, the Department of Fish and Game will have to expand moose hunting. The alternative is that moose will starve.
A study midway through the trapping season in February estimated 45 to 50 wolves in unit 15A. The Division of Wildlife Conservation said the minimum allowable wolf population for the unit is 15 wolves. The last moose census in Unit 15A, conducted in spring 2008, estimated 1,825 to 2,352 moose.

BBB investigates airline voucher awards
Thousands of Alaskans have qualified for two roundtrip airline tickets valued at more than $1,100, according to hand-addressed letters from a company claiming to be “American.” This too-good-to-be-true offer has prompted a Better Business Bureau investigation.
BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington called the 1-800 number on the unsolicited letter and spoke with someone in the “Awards Division” who was able to sign a BBB employee for an exclusive, “invitation-only open house” at a local Anchorage hotel conference room.
After sitting through a 90-minute sales presentation with 12 other Anchorage residents, BBB’s undercover investigator and her friend were offered a “Platinum Membership” in a lifetime vacation club for $8,995 plus recurring fees, and could only receive the travel voucher after making a decision.

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