FDA finds AK fish safe from radiation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found Alaska seafood safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen’s group plans to conduct a separate study of lower Cook Inlet water using a crowdsource funding site.
“FDA results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it,” said a statement released by state health and environmental officials.
Cook Inletkeeper said Friday it would raise money to test waters in Kachemak Bay at crowdrise.com. People remain worried that radiation has spread to Alaska from the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, said Bob Shavelson, executive director of Cook Inletkeeper.The conservation department has posted information about the tests at its website.
This Sunday, July 20, is the deadline to register to vote, update voter registration, or change political party affiliation for the upcoming Aug. 19 primary election.
The Division of Elections accepts voter registration applications submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail. Applications are also available at any Division of Elections regional office, municipal clerks’ offices, the Division of Motor Vehicles, and many public libraries.
Registration applications are also available online at www.elections.alaska.gov. The party affiliation on a voter’s record on July 20 will determine which political party ballot a voter is eligible to receive during the primary election.
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.16/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 Alaska gas outlets. This compares to a national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/g.
South Peninsula Hospital Education Department is offering Safe Sitter classes this summer in Homer and Ninilchik. Designed for 11-13 year olds, the class teaches basic child care, infant and child CPR, first aide, safety for the sitter, behavior management and business etiquette. The two day class runs from 9:00am to 3:30pm both days. The cost is $75 per person. The two day course in Ninilchik is July 31 and Aug 1; In Homer it is Aug 7 and 8.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the hospital education department to register at 235-0258.
If you missed out on all the hype from four years ago, here’s your chance to chance to get in on all the action.
Beginning July 20, and traveling approximately 7,500 miles, the 2014 Hoke Het Motorcycle Challenge will test riders’ abilities to navigate, endure and persevere along some of the most technical roads in North America. The riders will follow a new route this year, from Key West, Fla. and Homer.
Some 100-plus riders are expected to start arriving in Homer around July 27- Aug 2. The event is billed as a ride — not a race. The controversial 2010 ride saw at least three riders die along the Hoka Hey route.
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