<3>Alaska gas prices continue to climb
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.18/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has not moved in the last week to $3.68/g.
Prices yesterday were 20.1 cents/g higher than this day one year ago, and 18.3 cents/g higher than a month ago.
Ivola Usoltseff, 59, of Nikolaevsk, died Friday after rolling his 1995 Toyota truck on North Fork Road. The Bureau of Highway Patrol responded and found that Usoltseff was driving eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the ditch and rolled before coming to a rest on its side.
Usoltseff was the sole occupant of the car, and was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to South Peninsula Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Investigation continues.
Homer Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents and visitors of the Kenai Peninsula that the sale, possession or use of fireworks is prohibited, including within the City Limits of Homer.
In 2013 “consumer” fireworks accounted for 89 percent of firework-related injuries seen in emergency departments across the country. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that of those injured by fireworks in 2012, 44 percent were under the age of 19.
For the last year reported, 2011, there were 17,800 fires attributed to the use of consumer fireworks, resulting in damage estimated at $32 million in the U.S.
Have a safe and firework-free July 4th celebration.
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