Tustumena returns to service
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Alaska Marine Highway System announced Monday that the M/V Tustumena successfully returned to revenue service Oct. 20.
The Tustumena will provide service this fall and winter to Homer, Seldovia, Port Lions, Ouzinkie and Kodiak. In spring 2014, it will resume twice-per-month Aleutian Chain service.
The Tusty entered a capital improvement project on Nov. 1, 2012 and was originally scheduled to return to service on April 17, 2013.
Due, in part, to unexpected discovery items, specifically steel work, two project extensions were conveyed to the Seward Shipyard. Further delays ensued at the shipyard, and the vessel’s return to service was postponed indefinitely until the necessary repairs could be completed to meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
Travelers are encouraged to make reservations in advance either online at FerryAlaska.com, by calling (800) 642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system.
Average Alaska gas prices drop 5 cents
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 5.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.78 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.36 per gallon.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 42.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 12.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 31.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
Wells Fargo grant helps educate homebuyers
The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. will receive a $10,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to support homebuyer preparation counseling for potential clients of RurAL CAP’s Self-Help Housing program. This owner-built homeownership program serves low-income families in the central Kenai Peninsula.
Potential homeowners will receive in-person credit and financial literacy counseling aimed at enabling them to qualify for a USDA home loan. Counseling services can assist borrowers with resolving collections issues, divorce, imperfect work history/job loss, co-signing, large purchases, legal matters, cultural differences, medical emergencies and other events that have a negative impact on credit scores.
In 2012, nine Self-Help homes were completed in Kenai, bringing the total to 36 homes constructed since 2004. Each household is required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week building their homes and their neighbors’ homes.
Participants earn “sweat equity” in their new homes, which eliminates the need for a down-payment and reduces the size of the mortgage.
Join the exchange of entrepreneurial ideas
The Homer Entrepreneurs Network meets monthly (last Wednesday of every month) to exchange ideas and experiences on the practical aspects of entrepreneurship and creating an entrepreneurial business.
The next meeting will take place Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at K-Bay Caffe on Pioneer Avenue in Homer. Come and meet other entrepreneurs or “wannabe” entrepreneurs and experience what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
For more information, contact Michael Haines at 299-0759.
Postal Service webinar offered
On Oct. 20, the Postal Service deployed software to enhance the Intelligent Mail Full-Service initiative. A webinar is now offered to share key information on the enhancements and how these changes can benefit mailers. The webinar will be offered today, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., EDT. You can log on at:
https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?d=994659014&t=a Audio is available at: (888) 887-2671. The conference ID, if asked, is 85186737.
For more information on Intelligent Mail Full-Service, including additional webinars related to Full-Service, visit the National Customer Support Center website at RIBBS.USPS.GOV.
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