FYI – August 21

Homer chosen as Google’s eCity in Alaska
Innovative tech giant Google has named Homer as the 2013 eCity for the State of Alaska. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state; the new digital capitals of America.
The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Homer joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
“Homer’s growth and innovation in e-commerce is an example that other cities across the state can strive to replicate,” said Scott Levitan, Director of Small Business Engagement at Google. “Google is proud to recognize this growing entrepreneurial spirit and the role it plays in creating jobs and sustaining local economies.”

Alaska gas prices on the rise
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 1.7 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 fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 17.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 10.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Birders offer video at monthly meeting
The Kachemak Bay Birders next monthly meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Seminar Room at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Following the meeting, a short video about the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta National Wildlife Refuge will be shown.
Anyone interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about our organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477, or

Animal shelter seeks volunteers
Homer Animal Shelter is looking for more great dog volunteers to help clean kennels, walk dogs and provide the shelter dwellers with a little more socialization. If you are interested in volunteering for the “Best Little Animal Shelter in the West,” call the Homer Animal Shelter at 235-3141 or come by between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Youth Orchestra ‘strings in’ new season
The Homer Youth String Ochestra Club kicks off its new season with a Thursday, Aug. 29 meeting at West Homer Elementary. Interested folks can call Program Administrator Kara Clemens at 235-6108 or email

New format for the governor’s awards
The Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation recently announced a re-envisioned format for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.
Traditionally, the ceremony has been held as an awards banquet, scheduled in conjunction with the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in October. This year, however, the awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Jan. 30, 2014, to coincide with the state legislative session.
In addition, the new plan will replace the sit-down banquet with a reception for sponsors, elected officials, honorees and the community. The awards ceremony will follow and include a mix of artist performances with award presentations in a theater setting open to a larger portion of the public.

Take time to prepare for disasters
On Sept. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, Homer Area CERT and the Friends of the Homer Public Library will hold Disaster Preparedness Day at the Homer Public Library.
Disaster Preparedness literature will be available from KPB Emergency Communications Vehicle on Hazel Avenue and tours of the vehicle and the Salvation Army Mobile Kitchen will be available throughout the day.

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