FYI – News briefs & announcements – Oct. 8

The Great Alaska Shakeout takes place at 10:16 a.m. Oct. 16; two 10-16s to help folks recall what’s coming: ShakeOut Alaskans from across the state will simultaneously practice the actions of “drop, cover and hold on” as a reaction drill to the occurrence of an earthquake.
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FYI – News briefs & announcements – Oct. 1

6.2 magnitude quake shakes Peninsula Homer experienced a 6.2 magnitude earthquake at 9:51 a.m. Thursday, centered 60 miles southwest of Talkeenta or 80 miles north of Anchorage, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer. This was the largest Alaska tremor felt that week, following a 4.5 magnitude shake centered 25 miles north of […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Sept. 24

Fuel prices result in HEA rate increase Homer Electric Association members will likely see a rate increase beginning Oct. 1. The Cost of Power Adjustment revision will raise the blended rate, (COPA plus energy rate,) for HEA members from $0.20967 per kilowatt hour to $0.22029 per kilowatt hour. The new rate will mean an increase […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Sept. 17

ACS closes Homer store Alaska Communications closed its Homer store at 3546 Greatland Street on Tuesday. Customers will be able to receive service by calling 800-808-8083 and online at Store manager Jamie O’Conner said ACS will continue to serve customers at the Horizon Satellite agent location at 3850 Heath Street, open Monday through Friday, […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Sept. 10

Homer Safeway to become Albertson’s Albertson’s Grocery Stores is under the process of purchasing Safeway Grocery Stores country-wide, Safeway announced in a press release. The merger will create a network of more than 2,400 stores, including those in Alaska, said Teena Massinghill, spokesperson. Currently the Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the pending arrangement prior to […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Sept. 3

Enstar strike didn’t impact Homer project Enstar operational employees, about 100 maintenance and plant workers, voted to end their two-week strike without getting a new contract. This ended a 17-day strike that began at 6 a.m. Aug. 11. Employees, part of the United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367, returned to work at 6 […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Aug. 27

Hawfield appointed to commission Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Michael Hawfield of Homer to the Alaska Historical Commission. The commission advises the governor and legislature on matters related to Alaska’s history and prehistory, oversees the state historic preservation plan and performs a variety of other functions related to historical sites throughout the state. Hawfield has […]

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 […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Aug. 13

Troopers seek missing North Pole boy 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 […]

FYI – News briefs & announcements – Aug. 6

Navarre vetoes bed tax subject to voters Borough Mayor Mike Navarre in a memorandum to the borough assembly vetoed Ordinance 2014-25 which provides for an areawide transient accommodations tax subject to voter approval. “Because this structure mirrors a city tax … the council and voters of each city should decide whether or not a bed […]

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