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FYI - News briefs & announcements - March 16

March 16th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Don't Panic!

NOAA's National Weather Service, the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Alaska Broadcasters Association plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March 29 at approximately 10:15 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time in coastal areas of southern Alaska.

This test will be conducted for portions of coastal communities in Southcentral Alaska, including the Kenai Peninsula.

The emergency test will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, as well as local television and radio stations. Residents in some communities may hear warning sirens.

To avoid confusion with an actual alert the test will be canceled if there is excessive seismic activity within 24 hours prior to the test.?

SPH's Downey talks "functional medicine"

Dr. Rob Downey's free presentation on "What is Functional Medicine" starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Downey is a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine, board certified in family medicine and chief of staff at South Peninsula Hospital.

The event features a short video, followed by discussion and a question-and-answer period. It will be held at Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, Room 202. This is the first in a series of lectures that will be sponsored by the Functional Medicine Clinic.

For more information contact SPH Functional Medicine Clinic (907) 435-3070.

HHS to host 2-day blood drive

Homer High School is hosting a two-day blood drive on March 30 and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Donate with friends in the LIFEmobile. Make an appointment by contacting the Homer High School National Honor Society officers.

The primary contact for more information is ; secondary contact is 235-4600. Leave a message for the National Honor Society officers.

If you have questions about donating eligibility, call the Blood Bank of Alaska at 907-222-5630.

Division of Agriculture accepting specialty crop grant application?

The Division of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for projects to enhance the competitiveness of Alaska specialty crops — including fruits, vegetables, horticulture and nursery crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture distributes funding for these grants on an annual basis to state agricultural programs which administer the grants.

Letters of intent from grant applicants are due by 5 p.m. on March 31. For more information and to get the application, please go Visit for a list of eligible and ineligible crops.

'Karing' for Kachemak Bay

The Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) meet Tuesday, March 21, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, 708 Smokey Bay Way.

If you have an interest in recycling and would like to help, or if you would like to learn more about what the group does, please join. For more information, contact Lani Raymond: 399-9477 or


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