Gas prices buck nation’s downward trend
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.85/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.37/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 34.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 10.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 40.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
PFD impacted by shutdown
If the House GOP pushes the federal government to default on its credit, the Permanent Fund stands to lose billions of dollars in value as a result of devalued stocks.
The Permanent Fund has 50 percent of its assets in stock, meaning that it is vulnerable to swings in the stock market. During the recession that occurred during the Bush Administration, the Permanent Fund lost $8 billion.
AMSEA hosts drill conductor training course
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is conducting a one-day Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training Course in Homer on Oct. 25, 2013 from 8 a.m. -9 p.m. This course meets the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for fishing vessels and includes an in-water practicum.
Course instructors Chris Lopez and Rob Hulse will cover cold water survival skills, EPIRBs, flares and maydays, man overboard recovery, firefighting, immersion suits and PFDs, emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon ship procedures.
The cost is $95 for commercial fishermen (after an $80 scholarship from DCCED and NIOSH) and $175 for all others. All mariners are welcome.
The course will be conducted at the Homer Harbor aboard the M/V Dreamcatcher, moored at the end of float E. Register online at www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287.
Survey shows drop in Alaska youth smoking
The state’s health commissioner and chief medical officer announced Monday that smoking among Alaska high school students has declined 40 percent between 2007 and 2013, from 17.8 percent in 2007 to only 10.6 percent in 2013.
That means only one in 10 Alaska high school students reported smoking at least one cigarette during the past 30 days, according to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey that was administered last spring by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health.
The department surveyed 1,247 students from 43 high schools, randomly selected to represent all traditional public high schools in Alaska.
Survey results are posted online at: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/yrbs/yrbsresults.aspx
The statewide decline in youth smoking is matched with other significant declines in tobacco use. A significant decline means the decrease is unlikely to be due to chance.
Seldovia Ferry last day of service Oct. 18
The Seldovia Bay Ferry has set its final sailing date of the season for Oct. 18. On that day, the ferry is recognizing “Locals’ Day” with a special 2 p.m. departure from Seldovia. This will give Seldovians extra time in Homer to shop, recreate or have an early dinner. Passengers will get their first three pieces of freight for free all day on Oct. 18. For more info. please visit seldoviabayferry.com, or call 435-3299.
Were you scammed by Affinion?
Connecticut-based Affinion and its subsidiaries Trilegiant and Webloyalty, will pay more than $30 million to settle allegations they misled consumers into signing up and paying for unwanted services.
Affinion runs discount clubs and membership programs offering services such as credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discounted travel. Complaints from consumers alleged Affinion charged for services without authorization or knowledge.
A complete list of Affinion’s membership programs will be posted at www.law.alaska.gov/consumer so consumers can check credit card and bank account statements for these programs. Some Alaskans will be notified by mail or email if they are entitled to refunds.
Complaint forms are available on the Consumer Protection Unit website or by calling (907) 269-5200, or toll free, (888) 576-2529. For questions about the settlement, please contact Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Drinkwater at (907) 269-5200.
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