Chugach Electric customers in Cooper Landing and Moose Pass will experience a brief loss of power Wednesday afternoon. The outage is expected to last about 15 minutes sometime between 1-2 p.m. The company is testing its Cooper Lake hydroelectric units. The time and length of the outage is subject to change. Updates will be posted on Chugach’s website and Facebook page. Overnight Thursday to Friday, there is a planned outage set for customers in Girdwood. The outage will be three hours long, from midnight until 3 a.m. Friday. The company is doing maintenance at the Girdwood substation.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday, November 19, it is designating Kachemak Bay as its next habitat focus area. That will open up the door to more directed research and conservation efforts and possible federal funding. The bay is already a State of Alaska Critical Habitat Area and a National Estuarine Research Reserve. So, the building blocks are already in place.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission will take up the controversial topic of the new proposed safety building at their next meeting Thursday night. The focus won’t be the controversy, but keeping the HERC building functional. The Homer City Council has named the HERC site the preferred location for the proposed public safety building. It’s divided much of the community into two camps. One side wants to see the HERC building stay as a dedicated community recreation site. The other thinks the public safety building needs to be the priority.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, is in the process of drafting an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Cook Inlet Oil and Gas Lease Sale 244. It’s a potential special-interest sale of sites which could open up the federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet to oil and gas exploration. BOEM held a series of public scoping meetings on the Kenai Peninsula last week. Community responses ranged from familiarity with industry to serious mistrust.
A heavy lift ship dropped anchor in Kachemak Bay earlier this month. The Zhen Hua 15 is making preparations to tow offshore drilling rig Endeavour Spirit of Independence all the way to South Africa. The rig has been parked in storage in Port Graham since last winter. The Endeavour was leased by Buccaneer Energy before the company filed for bankruptcy.
Dozens of people gathered at Farnsworth Park in Soldotna for a candlelight vigil Thursday night. It’s a joint effort of the Kenai Peninsula School District and community groups to raise awareness about homeless youth and families in the area. Each year, KPBSD's Students in Transition program identifies between 200 and 300 homeless students in the district.
The federally-managed waters of Cook Inlet could open up for oil and gas exploration in the next few years. Industry interest has spurred the review of sites along the Inlet by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. In October, BOEM released its intent to draft an environmental impact statement in support of a potential sale. Scoping meetings are planned for this month around south central Alaska.
The Coast guardsmen stationed aboard the Cutter Hickory led tour groups through the bowels of their vessel this Veterans Day to show the people of Homer a glimpse of life in the Coast Guard. The tour may become a Veterans Day tradition.