Community News – October 9

Nikolaevsk fire claims man’s life
A Nikolaevsk man who died in a residential fire early Thursday morning has been identified as Andres “Andy” Afonasiev, age 46.

Photo provided - Alaska State Troopers provided photos of the fire that claimed the life of a man in Nikolaevsk, Thursday.  The structural fire consumed the home. The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Photo provided –
Alaska State Troopers provided photos of the fire that claimed the life of a man in Nikolaevsk, Thursday.
The structural fire consumed the home. The cause is unknown and under investigation.

At 3:25 a.m. on Oct. 3, the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received multiple reports of a structure fire in the village of Nikolaevsk. Volunteers from Kachemak Emergency Services and Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department and Anchor Point Troopers responded to find a fully involved fire. The structural fire was consuming a single story ranch type home.
After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found the remains of one person inside the residence.
The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for positive identification. A State Fire Marshall responded from Anchorage to conduct the investigation into the cause of the fire.

Giant Girl Scout rummage sale
Local Girl Scout troops will be holding a rummage sale to raise funds for this year’s trips and activities from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Homer Methodist Church. Clothing, tools, treadmill, furniture, and more. Support local Girl Scouts.

Kachemak Bay Birders’ Owling Trip
Oct. 12 Owling with leader Gary Lyon at 7:30 p.m.   at the Wynn Nature Center parking lot (1.5 miles East Skyline Rd). We are walking on the boardwalk only, so it won’t be muddy. Bring a flashlight.
The event will be postponed in the event of rain and/or wind to the next Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., same place. Check the website or Gary Lyon to affirm if there’s a question at 235-8767.
All trips cosponsored by the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. No charge and everyone is welcome. Optional donation to the Wynn Nature Center for this walk.

 Homer energy rebate program seminar
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is holding these classes for people interested in or already participating in the Home Energy Rebate Program. Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Land’s End Resort. Titled “How to Read an Energy Rating” the classes will cover much more, including all aspects of the Rebate Program. Class sizes will be limited so you should register as soon as possible at or by calling 1-800-478-4636.

October is energy awareness month
Renewable Energy Alaska Project is celebrating with a variety of classes and activities focusing on energy efficiency in Alaska.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9 they will be hosting a forum on saving energy in residential buildings. Go to for more information. Additionally, Alaska Craftsman Home Program hosts regular of free energy efficiency courses for both homeowners and professionals. And for all you micro-brew fans out there, Green Star and Alaska Energy Authority have teamed up with Alaska brewers to highlight the importance of energy efficiency (find out if your favorite local brewery is participating).
For more information on Energy Awareness Month activities, go to

New State Effort Encourages Residents to Buy Local and be ‘Alaska Loyal’
The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is launching a loyalty and awareness campaign Oct. 2 to promote locally made, grown and developed products. Called “AK Loyal,” the campaign will promote Alaska’s brands: Made in Alaska, Buy Alaska, Alaska Grown, Alaska Silver Hand, Alaska Seafood: Wild, Natural and Sustainable Seafood and Alaska tourism’s Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach. The effort also will support the buy local campaigns already underway in many Alaska communities.
To help spread the message, the campaign will include a radio ad and a new Facebook page –, so Alaskans can share their pride in the greatest state in the country and discover the huge variety of products made right here in the 907. “Like” it for regular updates, and to share your Alaska Loyal stories.
The mission of the Department is to promote a healthy economy, strong communities, and protect consumers in Alaska. The 58-person Division of Economic Development works closely with the private sector and other agencies within the department including the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and the Alaska Railroad. For more information about the department, visit

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