FYI – News briefs & announcements – April 9

Burn permits required inside city limits

Homer Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind everyone permits are required for any burning other than a small warming or cooking fire.  If you live inside Homer City Limits permits are available Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fire Hall. Outside Homer permits are available online at

Free presentation on diabetes

 Dr. Ross Tanner of the Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska will present a free community talk on diabetes and pre-diabetes on Thursday, April 10 at 6pm at the Islands and Ocean Seminar Room.
Participants will learn tips to manage diabetes and pre-diabetes with diet, exercise and medications, and learn how to prevent serious health complications related to diabetes.  Dietary planning will be discussed at length, with a focus on the new American Diabetes Association guidelines.  Enjoy scrumptious snacks that are healthy-lifestyle friendly!!
Please call 235-0310 for more information.

Sen. Murkowski’s statement on Rio Tinto’s divestment of Pebble Interest

  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released Monday the following statement on Rio Tinto’s decision to divest its 19-percent shareholder interest in Northern Dynasty Minerals and the Pebble gold, copper, and molybdenum prospect in Southwest Alaska:
“I appreciate the way Rio Tinto is handling this decision. Instead of simply divesting, it has committed to investing in the education of Bristol Bay’s next generation. This will help ensure that local residents have the skills to get or create the kind of jobs that will allow them to provide for their families.
“I understand that many mining companies are reevaluating their project portfolios right now, but I’m concerned by what else may have prompted this decision. If we want to attract investment to our state and our economy, we need a regulatory system at the federal level that is predictable enough to allow responsible development to go forward – at least to the permitting stage, and without the threat of a preemptive veto from the EPA hanging over it.”  

Gas prices fallen

As of April 7, average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.76/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.55/g, according to gasoline price website
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 19.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 7.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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