FYI – September 4

Hickory conducts oil spill recovery drill
Coast Guard personnel aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducted Spilled Oil Recovery System training in Kachemak Bay Wednesday.The annual SORS training, which included extensive classroom-based Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response education and the hands-on deployment of the vessel’s SORS equipment, is required by the Coast Guard in order to ensure crews are prepared to respond to hazardous material spills.
The SORS is a package of equipment designed to be stored aboard cutters like Hickory to increase the Coast Guard’s operational readiness for potential oil spills. The SORS package consists of an oil skimmer, inflatable boom, 13,000-gallon bladders used to store the collected oil and the necessary connections and fittings used to operate the equipment alongside the vessel.  The boom is deployed alongside the vessel and used to corral the spilled oil so the skimmer can extract it from the water and pump it into the storage bladders.

Tustumena should make return in October
The Marine Ferry Tustumena should make its appearance for the regular travel schedule in October, after a summer of delays in repairs on the historic vessel. According to a release from Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Patrick Kemp, work was progressing last week at an encouraging pace. The welding was to be completed by Aug. 30, with final painting on the hull to occur over the weekend, weather permitting.  Based on this schedule the vessel can be put back in the water as early as Sept. 3.

Birding trip planned
Kachemak Bay Birders will have a birding trip Saturday on the Homer Spit.  Participants meet 2 p.m. at the parking lot on Kachemak Drive at the base of the Spit.  They will be looking for returning migrants and seabirds out on the water with an incoming tide. Bring binoculars, field guide and scope if you have them. The leader will be Michael Craig, who can be reached at 235-0631 for additional information. All trips are co-sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Gas prices going down
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.98/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/g, according to gasoline price website
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 5.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 18.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Homer Transfer Facility free day
Homer Transfer Facility is having a disposal day for households 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7. A fee is charged to commercial disposers.
This event is for households and small businesses. All businesses must pre-register with Emerald Alaska. Only households with more than 55 gallons of waste must pre-register. Emerald Alaska manages this event. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Dept. provides the location. Contact: Emerald Alaska (877) 375-5040 or the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Dept. (907) 262-9667.

Enstar update
Over the next couple weeks, ENSTAR will be energizing the Homer distribution system.  The link will lead you to ENSTAR’s forecast on what areas will have natural gas available for use and when.  Feel free to contact us with any questions at (907) 435-0635. Public Notification of Purge Plans – Homer Distribution System
Purge Plan Update – 2:30PM – ENSTAR has successfully energized Area #1 of the distribution system in Homer.

The following streets now have gas available for use:

Mullikin Street – North to South
Rangeview Avenue – East to West
Soundview Avenue – East to West between Bartlett Street and the Sterling Highway
Noview Avenue – East to West
Cabana Court off of Soundview Avenue
Tajen Lane off of Soundview Avenue
Shelley Avenue off of Soundview Avenue
Sitka Rose off of Soundview Avenue

Forest Glen Drive, South of Soundview Avenue and to Thomas Street at the Sterling Highway
Daybreeze Court
Calamari Court
April Place
Poppy Circle

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