Story last updated at 12:33 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2002

In Business
Air carrier donates scholarship

Era Aviation Inc. has donated funding for two scholarships to the University of Alaska Anchorage Technology Division. Two $5,000 Era Aviation Inc. Scholarship Fund awards will be given to students admitted to UAA's Aviation Maintenance Technology program to assist with tuition, fees and tool costs. One scholarship will be awarded to a helicopter maintenance student, and one will be given to a general aviation maintenance student.

Students must apply by Oct. 30 to be considered for the scholarships. For more information, contact the UAA Office of Student Financial Aid at 786-1586.

HEA system inventory under way

Homer Electric Association is in the final stages of a systemwide inventory of the electrical system. The inventory requires on-site verification of each electrical device and meter location within the service area.

Contract crews will be working for the next couple of months in Seldovia, Port Graham and Nanwalek to complete the system inventory, and the crews may be on your property to collect the required information. The information gathered during this project will be used to improve outage response and system reliability.

Please contact HEA with any questions at 235-8551.

CIRCAC visits Seldovia

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council held its quarterly meeting at the Bayview Suites in Seldovia last week. CIRCAC is a citizen-based organization that promotes environmentally safe marine transportation and oil facility operations from Anchorage to Kodiak.

Primary items discussed at the meeting included: pipeline risk assessment funding, firefighting plans for vessels in Cook Inlet, Geographic Response Strategies and non-tank vessel regulations.

Several Seldovia residents attended the meeting and spoke on behalf of local spill response participants, said CIRCAC's Steve Howell.

"Speakers indicated the need for a firehouse model that patterns localized spill response after volunteer fire departments," he said. "They pointed to the benefits of local knowledge and asked for support of their efforts."

Howell said the council passes on its thanks to councilmember June Reuling, Tim Robertson and Mayor Sue Hecks for Seldovia's warm hospitality.

"And additional thanks to the good folks at the Linwood for their fine food and service, and to the Bayview Suites and Boardwalk Hotel for accommodations during the two-day trip," he said.

Bakery hopes for winter hours

Workers at the Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery and CafE are working together in an attempt to stay open through the winter this year, a first in 10 years, said owners Donna and Kevin Maltz. The fall hours are currently in effect, and a revolving show of local art is displayed on the walls of the Ocean Drive business. A couch corner has been added with 20 years of Homer's history in photos added monthly. Breakfast, fresh soups and specials will continue to be served daily, and free delivery is available on orders of $50 or more.

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