FYI – News briefs & announcements – Aug. 20

Coast Guard rescues mariners near Homer

A Coast Guard Auxiliarist and Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island crewmembers rescued mariners aboard a disabled vessel 20 miles southwest of Homer Friday morning.

The Auxiliarist and two Roanoke Island crewmembers took the disabled vessel in tow with the Auxiliary vessel Quanah P and safely returned to Homer.

 Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received the report of a disabled 23-foot pleasure craft with two people aboard late Thursday night.
The watchstanders issued a marine assistance request broadcast, and contacted the Homer Auxiliary after no one responded.
The rescue crew located and rendezvoused with the disabled vessel and towed them safely back to Homer, arriving in the early morning.
Weather on scene was reported as 15-mph winds and two-foot seas.

Kachemak Bay Birders to meet Monday

The next meeting of the Kachemak Bay Birders will take place Monday, Aug. 25 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 4:30 p.m.
Anyone interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about the organization is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lani Raymond at or 399-9477.

VA hosts picnic for vets

The VA Volunteer Services of the Kenai Peninsula invite all veterans and their immediate families to the Southern Kenai Peninsula Annual Veterans picnic at the American Legion Hall, Mile 2.5 East End Road. The picnic is free, and will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. Barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, soda and all the trimmings will be provided. Other features include door prizes, children’s games, and entertainment from musical groups Hillary Arwen and 8-Mile Band. A representative from the VA Medical Clinic in Kenai, and Homer American Legion Service officer will be present to answer your questions.
You do not need to belong to a veterans organization to attend this picnic, it is for all veterans and their families. Come on out, dance on the grass, sit back and relax, and let the kids play games. (If it rains, we have you covered.) Call the Legion Post at 235-8864, or Darlene at 235-6789 if you have questions.

UAA classes begin Aug. 25

UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will offer a wide variety of classes in the visual and literary arts this winter and spring. Most classes begin the week of Aug. 25, and on-line registration is available at . Walk-in registration is held daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required.
Course schedules describing these and more than 110 classes and workshops have been mailed to the public, are available at the campus, area locations or on-line at For more information call 235-7743.

Gas prices continue to dip

Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.04/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 3.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 6.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 13.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Dungeness Crab season successful

(Juneau) — The Southeastern Alaska summer commercial Dungeness crab season closes August 15, and it was among the most successful in recent history. While the information is still preliminary, total summer season harvest is likely to be around 4-million pounds which is the largest summer season harvest since 2002 and is a 142% increase from the 2013 summer season catch. Crab fishermen also benefited from a relatively high exvessel price of around $3 per pound. Strong prices and catch yielded a total fishery value of around $11-million making the summer 2014 season one of the most lucrative in history. The fall season will open October 1 in most of Southeastern Alaska and if historic harvest trends hold true, crabbers will likely harvest around 1-million additional pounds before the fall season closes in most areas at the end of November.

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