FYI – News briefs & announcements – Aug. 13

Troopers seek missing North Pole boy

Richard Wellfort

Richard Wellfort

Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old boy who hasn’t been seen since he ran away from his North Pole home on June 29.
Efforts by family and troopers to find Richard Wellfort have been unsuccessful, and no one has reportedly seen, nor had any known communication with Wellfort since June 29.
Wellfort is described as 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighing 108 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was wearing a yellow Aeropostale T-shirt, camouflage shorts and flip flops when he was last seen by family.
He is also known to go by the name Andrew Cullens. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call Alaska State Troopers at (907)451-5100.

Fire death caused by smoking materials

The state fire marshal and Homer Police have identified the cause of the June 13 house fire at 478 Rainbow Court near downtown Homer.
According to police, the cause of the fire was determined to be discarded smoking materials and is considered accidental. The owner of the residence, identified as 46-year-old Paul Baylink of Homer, died in the fire.
On the morning of the fire, Homer Police received the call just after 11 a.m. They responded, along with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Kachemak Emergency Services, the Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska State Troopers. Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly and no other structures were damaged. The investigation was led by the state fire marshal, assisted by the Homer Volunteer Fire Department.

Gas prices stay status quo

Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have not moved in the past week, averaging $4.06 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 4.6 cents/g higher than the same day one year ago and 12.3 cents/g lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.4 cents/g during the last month and stands 8.2 cents/g lower than this day one year ago.

Enstar employees go on strike

About 150 employees of Enstar Natural Gas Company went on strike at 6 a.m. Monday morning. The members of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 367 called the strike after rejecting Enstar’s latest contract offer. The contract was accepted by clerical employees represented by the union in a closed vote, but union officials said operational employees strongly rejected it.
Emergency dispatchers were to remain on their jobs until managers got to work later Monday morning, said Union Business Manager, Greg Walker.
“The union also instructed emergency crews to stay on the job as long as necessary to safely and professionally secure work sites and equipment before taking part in the strike,” Walker wrote in a press release.
Enstar has said it was ready for a possible strike and had a contingency plan in place, should union employees walk off the job.
Enstar’s Director of Business Development, John Sims said the utility would continue to work to provide reliable service for the company’s 137,000 customers. The strike comes after months of failed negotiations between the utility and union members. Contentious issues include retirement and health benefits.

Plans begin for 2017 AK Purchase gala

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 17, recently signed by Gov. Sean Parnell, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase by requesting that AHC coordinate events to commemorate it in 2017, and by urging all Alaskans to plan, participate in and support such activities. The formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the U.S. took place Oct. 18, 1867.
“As the world recognizes the value of the Arctic, it’s no longer a question of whether or not Alaska was worth it,” Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell said. “America is an Arctic nation because of Alaska, and this anniversary is an opportunity to showcase our addition to the security, economy and culture of the U.S.

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