Gas prices continue to drop
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30 per gallon.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 44.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 12.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
AMSEA to conduct training course
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is conducting a one-day Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Training Course in Homer on Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This course meets the U.S. Coast Guard requirements for fishing vessels and includes an in-water practicum.
Course instructor, 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 for more information.
Screenings for infants and preschoolers
Homer Public Health, Sprout and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Child Find Program will offer free screenings for children not yet in kindergarten, (5 years old and younger).
The screening will be held in Ninilchik at the NTC Clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The child’s early development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts and vision and hearing will be screened.
Children will be seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 567-3970.
Governor considers using tribal courts
In his Oct. 24 address at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks, Governor Sean Parnell announced that the state is considering entering into agreements with tribal courts in an effort to more fully address alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and suicide.
The State Department of Law proposes allowing tribal courts to process certain alcohol and domestic violence offenses. In these cases, defendants could choose a tribal civil proceeding, which could result in tribal remedies. If the offender does not consent, the case would go to the Alaska State Troopers for screening and potential prosecution.
Governor Parnell has directed the attorney general and the Department of Law to open discussions in the next two weeks and make a proposal for demonstration projects.
Go birding on Saturday
The Kachemak Bay Birders next birding trip is a “leader’s choice,” and will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2. Meet at noon in the parking lot at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Michael Craig will probably lead the walk down the trail to Beluga Slough/Bishop’s Beach, but an alternative route will also be available if the weather or trail is bad.
All trips are free-of-charge and open to everyone. Trips are cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, reach Craig at 235-0631.
Facing grief over the holidays
Hospice of Homer invites the community to “A Conversation: Holidays and Grief” on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is offered at the Seldovia Village Tribal Clinic Wellness Center free-of-charge, and will focus on tips for navigating the holidays in the midst of grief.
Call Hospice at 235- 6899 with any questions.
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