Council on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault to meet in Homer
The Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will hold its quarterly meeting at Land’s End Nov. 21-22. The agenda includes a public hearing focusing on the Homer Prevention Plan from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Homer has been the recipient of four programs through the council — Girls on the Run, 4th R, Coaching Boys into Men and Green Dot — said Susan Phillips Cushing of Homer, who is serving as the council chair for the second term. The council consists of nine members including commissioners or designees from the departments of Public Safety, Corrections, Education and Early Development, and Health and Social Services and four public members. For more information about the council, visit dps.state.ak.us/Cdvsa/
Gas prices still dropping
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.64/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.21/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 26.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 16.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 16.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
KHLT fundraiser kicks off
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust will host a fundraiser this Friday at Land’s End from 6-9:30 p.m. Support the Trust and enjoy fun, food and music. Tickets available at the Homer Bookstore. Call 235-5263 for more info.
Get your gardening on
On Sunday, Nov. 24, Homer Garden Club’s Brenda Adams will give a 2 p.m. gardening presentation entitled, “Designing for Reduced Maintenance” at the Bidarka Inn. For more information, call 235-3650.
It’s for the birds
The Kachemak Bay Birders regular monthly meeting will be 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Following the meeting, there will be a great video on birding.
Anyone who is interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about the organization is welcome to attend. It is free and is cosponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at 399-9477, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lori Paulsrud at 235-6769.
SPH to go tobacco-free
Effective Nov. 21, the date of the Great American Smokeout, South Peninsula Hospital will join six other hospitals in southcentral Alaska as a tobacco-free healthcare campus. This means tobacco use will no longer be permitted by anyone on hospital-owned or occupied grounds, parking lots, or lawns — including in private vehicles. Tobacco is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco.
To help ease nicotine withdrawal symptoms, all hospital in-patients will be offered nicotine replacement therapy at no cost during their stay. All other visitors will be offered information and education, including referral to the Alaska Tobacco Quit Line, if they so choose. The Quit Line offers free nicotine replacement therapy for two weeks, and unlimited confidential support from trained coaches.
In addition, as part of the Great American Smokeout campaign, free tobacco quit-kits will be available through Thursday, Nov. 21 at SVT Health Center, South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Medical Center.
Free smoking cessation support groups for the community will begin the first week of December. Check www.sphosp.org for additional information, or contact Derotha Ferraro, Public Relations, at 235-0397.
Gov. declares disaster for Kenai Peninsula
Gov. Sean Parnell declared a state disaster for the Kenai Peninsula following a recommendation Monday from the Disaster Policy Cabinet.
Severe flooding damaged public facilities, roads, bridges, an airport and other structures last month. The declaration activates the State Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Programs to repair eligible critical infrastructure and individual residential damages caused by the event.
The state and borough emergency managers will work with residents to identify eligible applicants for the Individual Assistance Program.
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