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Community Potluck to Welcome our Math/Science Teacher to Seldovia

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Mark Janes
Math/Science Potluck

Thank You Seldovia

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jeremiah and Angela Campbell – The Boardwalk Hotel

Jeremiah and AngelaWe would like to thank everyone in the community who attended the open house that was held recently at the Boardwalk Hotel.  What a beautiful day we had to visit and meet on the Boardwalk’s front deck!

The support from the community has been overwhelming and we are very appreciative of the positive feedback that we have received.  We want everyone to know that we are doing our best to get things up and running with the pub & grill, but the priority has been to complete all the guest rooms.  For the most part, the guest rooms are now finished, and we are focusing on the pub & grill areas.

Busy Boardwalk Hotel

Based on some of the comments that we received at the open house, we want to make it clear to everyone that the hotel, pub & grill will be open year round and open for the general public every day, not just serving the guests of the hotel.  In order for the hotel, pub & grill to be successful, we will absolutely need the support of the local people in the community.  The Boardwalk Pub & Grill will be opening soon for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

We are still putting up old town Seldovia pictures and other items (most items donated from local families) around the hotel.  We welcome you to stop by the hotel anytime to check out our new displays.

Funny River Road is Still Closed

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Brenda Ahlberg

At this time the Funny River Road is still CLOSED until further notice. When AKIMT and AK State Troopers determine that it is safe for residents to return to their homes, OEM will deploy a Rapid Notify message, work with local media and post on the websites to let folks know.

NOTE: OEM is working with the Rapid Notify technical support team and local phone providers to fix the problem. We understand that messaging was not reaching some phone numbers and that there was “overlapping” that included numbers just outside the “triangulated” areas that were designated to receive calls.

REMINDER: PIO Kris Eriksen will be at the Red Cross Shelter at Redoubt Elementary at roughly 10:00 am to provide evacuees with an update on the fire and a status on the evacuation. The time is approximate as we want to be able to provide maps. Redoubt shelter number #317-4518, 486 W. Redoubt Ave.

OEM Hotline for current fire-related information, please call 907-714-2495.

Duplicate emails are possible; please forward as appropriate. This message has been emailed to KPB Admin, KPB AHIMT, KPB Assembly, KPB Depts, KPB SAs, KPBSD, Borough-wide First Responders, Cities, Tribal Entities, State Depts/Legislators, U.S. Congressional Delegates, Media, Nonprofits.

Brenda Ahlberg
Community & Fiscal Projects Manager

KPB IMT-III Lead Public Information Officer

Kenai Peninsula Borough
144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna Alaska 99669
907-714-2153 office
907-714-2377 fax
907-394-8385 mobile

Memorial Day

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Funny River Fire Update

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Brenda Ahlberg
KPB Emergency Banner

123,649 acres with 20% containment

On Saturday strong southwesterly winds associated with Red Flag Warning weather conditions tested containment lines and pushed the fire’s size to 123,649 acres by 11:30 PM. The lines held and firefighters successfully halted the fire’s northward progress at a fuel break by Brownes Lake, which is south of Sterling and the Funny River Road. Firefighters will continue building and securing fire lines along the fire’s northern edge. Two Air National Guard Black Hawk helicopters arrived and are assisting firefighters with water drops.

On the fire’s western edge near Kasilof, firefighters kept the fire from crossing the Intertie power line that parallels the Sterling Highway. Crews will continue working on extending containment lines on the fire’s west side. Structure protection crews with fire engines are active in areas potentially affected by the fire. No structures have been lost and the fire has not crossed the Kasilof River.

A successful burnout operation took place to protect the remote Bear Creek Subdivision on the shore of Tustumena Lake. Two other burnout operations took place on Saturday and successfully held the fire.  Governor Sean Parnell, State Forester Chris Maisch, and Fire Program Manager Tom Kurth will be touring the fire Sunday. The Governor is scheduled to attend the 1:30 PM media briefing at Skyview High School in Soldotna.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Community Emergency Services expanded the Evacuation Watch for the Pollard Loop Subdivision area to include the east side of the Sterling Highway to Funny River Road, and the south side of Funny River Road. This advisory encourages residents to prepare in case they may need to leave their homes. Vegetation remains extremely dry on the Kenai Peninsula. Residents and visitors are urged to use extreme caution with anything that could ignite a fire. Weekend visitors to the area and residents are reminded that fire crews, air and ground equipment are working in close proximity to the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road.

Information about current smoke conditions is available from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation at http://dec.alaska.gov/air/am/smoke.htm

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Services has set up a call line to help homeowners with fire preparedness. Residents can call (907) 714-2495. Information is available at http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/emergency-mgmt/fire

HEA Taking Precautions as Funny River Fire Grows

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Joe Gallagher

HEA Press Release Banner

May 24, 2014 – 4:00am –  As the Funny River Fire continues to expand, Homer Electric Association (HEA) is taking precautions to protect its transmission lines and continue to provide power to its members.

Friday evening, the fire was very close to two transmission lines that are located between Kasilof and Soldotna, just west of the fire and east of the Sterling Highway.

As a precautionary step, HEA de-energized the transmission line closest to the fire perimeter on Thursday. Prior to the action, HEA reconfigured its electrical system so de-energizing the line had no impact on service to HEA members.

The second transmission line is located closer to the Sterling Highway and further from the fire. However, on Friday evening the fire advanced quickly and it was necessary to de-energize a section of that line between Kasilof and Soldotna. The proactive decision to de-energize the line before the fire potentially burned into it was made in consultation with the Incident Management Team.

The work required a brief ten minute outage at 3:01 am on Saturday that affected the City of Soldotna, Funny River Road, K-Beach Road from Soldotna around to Helmsman Avenue, and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna to just past Skyview High School.

The switching work went smoothly and power was restored to all the affected areas by 3:11 am.

Fire conditions will determine future decisions and HEA will continue to work cooperatively with the Incident Management Team.

HEA will provide updates on its web site, Facebook page, and local media outlets while fire suppression efforts are underway.

For additional information, please call Joe Gallagher at 907-283-2324 jgallagher@homerelectric.com