FYI – News briefs & announcements – Feb. 5

Refuge closes to snowmachine use

With spring-like conditions rapidly reducing snow cover on the peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge closed to snowmachine use on Sunday. Deputy Refuge Manager Steve Miller, said that the closure will take place at 11:59 p.m.,
Given the time of the year this closure has taken place, Deputy Refuge Manager Steve Miller said there is the possibility the Refuge could re-open to snowmachining should conditions significantly improve.
For more information about the closure, or other Refuge regulations, please contact the Refuge office during regular business hours at (907) 262-7021.

‘Ring and Run’ cramming reported in Alaska

First recognized by Better Business Bureaus on the East Coast, the “One Ring” phone scam is now being reported across the United States. The BBB is alerting the public to this ploy that can result in unauthorized charges on wireless statements.
Automated dialers call thousands of random mobile numbers gleaned from public listings or obtained from black market dealers, but disconnect after one ring. Scammers count on recipients to notice the missed calls and return them out of curiosity.
However, return calls are often directed to expensive international hotlines, sometimes peddling “adult entertainment,” and can charge upwards of $19.95 to connect, plus additional costs per minute. Charges typically appear on statements as “premium services.”

SPH celebrates Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the No. 2 cause of death for Alaskans, so South Peninsula Hospital is recognizing February as Heart Health Month by offering discounts on heart health screenings in February.
Regularly $343. the Cardiac Scoring CT is being offered for $99. This is a non-invasive 15 minute CT procedure to score the calcium buildup in the arteries. A physician referral is required, and appointment is necessary. For more info., call the imaging department at 235-0363 or talk with your healthcare provider.
A Heart Health Blood Test is also being offered for $99, regularly $363. This complete blood panel focuses on heart health, including cholesterol, cardiac risk, anemia and diabetes. No appointment or referral is necessary, but registration and payment is required at time of procedure. For more info., call 235-0338.
Diabetes and Cholesterol clinics have been expanded to three times monthly by Dr. Ross Tanner of the Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska.  Dr. Tanner treats adult patients with diabetes, obesity, elevated blood pressure and complex cholesterol problems in order to prevent heart attacks and stroke. For information and appointments, please call 235-0310.

HEA seeks board nominees

Three seats are opening on the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors, and the cooperative is now open to nominations for those wanting to run.
The nine-person board includes three representatives from each HEA service area. Interested candidates have a month to submit their candidacy packet, which must include 15 signatures from current HEA members living in the district the candidate is looking to represent.
Open seats include District 1: Kenai-Nikiski-parts of Soldotna; District 2: Soldotna-Sterling-Kasilof; and District 3: Kasilof-Homer-Seldovia, currently held by Seldovia resident Don Seelinger.
The candidacy packet is available in both Homer and Kenai HEA offices, or online at Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Ballots go out to HEA members March 28, and will be counted May 1 at the annual meeting.
For more info., call Joe Gallagher at (907) 283-2324.

KPBSD to discuss budget

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a Public Budget Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Homer High School library. Everyone interested is encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

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