Story last updated at 4:46 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2002

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Wind causes blackouts

For those keeping score, it's winds 2, Homer Electric Association 0. For the second week in a row, HEA customers lost power thanks to strong gusts.

Gusts as high as 32 miles per hour were reported after the winds arose Saturday night and blew through Sunday, resulting in scattered outages around the Kenai Peninsula.

In Homer, outages were reported along Skyline Drive.

HEA crews also responded Sunday afternoon to outages on the southern side of Kachemak Bay, and in the Sterling, Kasilof, Tustumena and Funny River areas.

Power was restored to most customers by Sunday afternoon, said Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesman.

Elsewhere on the peninsula, an outage affecting an isolated neighborhood was reported in Kenai around 8 p.m. Sunday. HEA crews responded and had power restored within an hour and a half, Gallagher said.

Power outages should be reported to HEA at 235-8551.

Students win stamp awards

Eight Homer area students recently won prizes in the Alaska 2002 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

Area winners included: Aurora Firth, home school, first, seventh to ninth grade; Barabas Firth, home school, honorable mention, fourth to sixth grade; Silas Firth, home school, honorable mention, kindergarten to third grade; Sara Firth, home school, honorable mention, fourth to sixth grade; Nikita Serebrekoff, Razdolna School, honorable mention, fourth to sixth grade; Iona Basargin, Razdolna, honorable mention, seventh to ninth grade; Alex Martushev, Kachemak Selo, first place, fourth to sixth grade; and Joe Martushev, Kachemak Selo, honorable mention, kindergarten to third grade.

Alex Martushev also won the Betsy Whitehill Determination Award, given to a random repeat participant in honor of Betsy Whitehill, who served as the state contest coordinator from 1995 to 2001. He received a $500 U.S. savings bond.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is held in every state. The 2002 Alaska contest received more than 500 entries from 41 schools. The entries are judged in four school-grade categories.

Thirty-six ribbons were awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners, and an additional 53 students earned honorable mentions.

The Alaska "Best of Show," chosen from the 12 first-place winners, goes to compete nationally. First, second and third-place winners of that contest receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., and the overall winning design is made into a commemorative stamp.

Seldovia meeting slated

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department is hosting a community meeting in Seldovia at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the city council chambers.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss options for future solid waste management in the Seldovia community. The borough is evaluating landfill development options and requests input from Seldovia residents.

Please contact the KPB Solid Waste Department at 262-9667 with any questions.