Homer High Homecoming this weekend
It’s Homer High School Homecoming this weekend, with several community events starting at 6 p.m. Friday. The community is invited to join in the Homecoming parade fun.
The condensed parade leaves the west entrance of the high school, turns left down Pioneer and returns to the east entrance of the school. All floats are meant to inspire spirit before the homecoming football game against Lathrop High School on Saturday.
This year’s homecoming theme is “Jazz in the 1920s.”
Awards will be given for floats in a variety of categories, including “most enthusiastic” (i.e. loudest), most colorful, jazziest (best theme), best pride and pep, and a blue/gold award for best display of Mariner spirit.
Homer Mayor Beth Wythe, former Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday, community member Ken Castner, parent and teacher Tim Daugharty and retired teacher Sharon Thompson will judge the floats. Every float marching group will have candy.
Following the parade, the student council is hosting a bonfire in the lower HHS parking lot. It is open to the community — so feel free to bring your lawn chairs.
HEA looks to increase rate for fourth quarter
Homer Electric Association members will likely see a rate increase beginning Oct. 1.
HEA has submitted a filing with the regulatory commission of Alaska that increases the Cost of Power Adjustment from 4.295 cents per kilowatt hour to 5.07 cents per kilowatt hour.
COPA reflects the cost of fuel used to generate electricity purchased by HEA from Chugach Electric and is adjusted on a quarterly basis. The revision will increase the blended rate for HEA members from 18.075 cents to 18.850 cents per kilowatt hour.
The new rate represents an additional $4.89 per month for the average HEA member using 630 kilowatt hours a month. Pending approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the new rate will be effective for all billings as of Oct. 1.
NOAA awards grants for bycatch prevention
NOAA Fisheries has awarded 16 grants totaling nearly $2.4 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Bycatch of various species — whether fish, marine mammals, or turtles — can have significant, biological, economic and social impacts.
Preventing and reducing bycatch is a shared goal of fisheries managers, the fishing industry and the environmental community. It is also a key component of NOAA’s efforts to end and prevent overfishing in the United States under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
In Alaska, NOAA awarded $186,725 to the Alaska Charter Association for a project that uses digital imaging technology in the reduction of released halibut mortality in Alaska’s recreational fishery.
The project aims to determine the relationship between certain features on the head of a halibut to its fork length; and develop and field-test a smartphone digital imaging application that will display the length and weight of a halibut after capturing the image of the halibut’s head.
Alaska gas prices continue to fall
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.91/g according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska.
This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 10.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 32.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
2013 Permanent Fund Dividend is $900
Acting Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell said last week that the 2013 Permanent Fund Dividend will be $900. Some 670,865 Alaskans applied for the 2013 dividend this year – a decrease of approximately 7,000 applications from 2012.
The first dividends will be paid Oct. 3, when 507,000 applicants receive a direct deposit into their bank account. Paper checks will enter the mail system on Oct. 3 from Juneau and go out to 86,000 Alaskans.
The Pick.Click.Give. program had 26,093 applicants make 41,831 individual charitable contributions, amounting to approximately $2.5 million. These are the highest totals since the program began five years ago. 472 nonprofit organizations benefited from the voluntary program this year.
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