FYI – News briefs & announcements – June 18

Average gas price risen

Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.03/gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gallon.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices on Sunday were unchanged, compared to the same day one year ago. They are 10.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 2.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Pratt to hold reception

The Pratt Museum’s capital project received a $900,000 appropriation from the Alaska Legislature, which was signed off by the Gov. Parnell in May. The public is invited to celebrate at a reception 5-7 p.m., June 26. Special guests include Sen. Peter Micciche, Rep. Paul Seaton, City of Homer Mayor Beth Wythe and City Council members; and KPB Mayor Mike Navarre and Assembly members.

Hello horse friends

The Trail Ride Extraordinaire is June 21.  Check the website for entry forms, camping and information.
The route is at or the Facebook event page. Funds raised from this year’s ride will benefit Horse Camp; our annual youth horsemanship camp held each spring at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. 

Spring harvest suggests new rules may work

The spring registration hunt for brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula closed on May 31, and information gathered from harvest reports, sealing records and hunter comments is providing Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists early insight into the hunt and some new regulations governing it.

The total spring brown bear harvest for Kenai Peninsula Game Management Units 7 and 15 was 51 bears. Of the bears taken, 29 were adult males and five were adult females. The remaining 17 bears were sub-adults: nine males and eight females.
Soldotna area wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger said only five adult females have been taken by hunters in 2014 — compared to 15 in 2013. There have been no non-hunting, human-caused brown bear mortalities reported so far this year.
New regulations allow hunters to harvest brown bears at registered black bear bait stations on lands outside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Bait stations draw bears out of heavy brush and dense forests and into view, providing hunters more spotting opportunities. Thirty-nine brown bears, or 76 percent of the total 2014 spring harvest, were taken at bait sites.
The spring take and any additional non-hunting mortalities will be considered as biologists decide how to manage the fall portion of the hunt, currently scheduled to begin Sept. 1.
Another regulation change is a requirement that hunters who take a brown bear over bait must salvage the meat for human consumption.
Successful hunters who have prepared and sampled their spring brown bear harvests say the meat has been good. Some expressed surprise, since conventional wisdom has long suggested that brown bear meat tends to have a strong, unpleasant flavor.

Give your family an International flair

Bring the world together by hosting a foreign exchange student. World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries, including Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!
Couples, single parents, and families with and without children in the home are all encouraged to host! You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.
Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. 
For more information, call at 1(800)888-9040, go online at or email us at

Tour of wildflowers and plants

The Homer Native Plant Society invites the public to a free hike to view the plants at the Wynn Nature Center on Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m. Beth Trowbridge, executive director of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, will lead this walk to view the ongoing display of wildflowers and plants that appears throughout the summer in this traditional boreal forest. Meet in parking lot at 1.5 Mile East Skyline Road. Not handicap accessible. For more information, contact or call 235-9344.

Fukushima: A view from the Ocean

A teleconference seminar to be held at 9 a.m., June 18 as part of a teleconference seminar series. Join Ken Buesseler, director the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for an update on what is known about radioactivity levels in the Pacific Ocean and to find out how Alaskans can get involved in monitoring radiation levels through a unique collaboration between citizens and scientists to collect and analyze seawater. To join this free call, check out the information on the webpage for Alaska Community Action on Toxics or RSVP to ACAT at or (907) 222-7714.

Wynn Nature Center Birding Trip

The Kachemak Bay Birders will have a birding trip at the Wynn Nature Center (1.5 East Skyline Rd.) on Saturday, June 21. Meet in the parking lot there at 8: a.m. Expect mud and mosquitoes. Everyone is welcome. Free but donation to the Wynn would be appreciated. For more information, contact the trip leader, Michael Craig. 235-0631.

Informal public meeting

The Homer Council on the Arts is holding an informal meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 24 to consider plans for their new building, the property, the stream that flows under the parking lot, programming and organizational structure.
The public is invited to comment. HCOA is located at 355 W. Pioneer Avenue.

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