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Story last updated at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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High winds cause power outages

Winds gusting up to 60 mph in Kenai and 50 mph in Homer led to a series of power outages Tuesday afternoon on the Kenai Peninsula. Fallen trees knocked out power lines in the Lawton Drive area in Kenai and Big Eddy Road in Soldotna, Homer Electric Association spokesmen Joe Gallagher said in a press release. HEA crews restored power there, but winds kicked up later Tuesday, resulting in outages that affected 6,000 homes from Nikiski to Homer.

Power was out in Homer in the Diamond Ridge and Green Timbers areas but restored by 8 p.m. By Tuesday night, power was still out on the entire length of Kalifornsky Beach Road and the Sterling Highway from Kasilof to Soldotna. Smaller outages also affected areas in Kasilof, Soldotna, Sterling, Kenai and Nikiski.

All available HEA linemen were deployed to work on restoring power. As of press time Wednesday, outage restoration was expected to take most of Wednesday morning to complete. Power outages can be reported by calling HEA's outage reporting hotline at (888) 8OUTAGE or (888) 868-8243.

Everyone is reminded to stay away from downed lines and call the outage number to report.

Daylight savings ends Sunday

Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Remember to set clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The Homer Volunteer Fire Department also reminds people to "change your clocks, change your batteries" on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Discussion group begins

A discussion group with the title "Rediscovering Values," which is the name of a book by Jim Wallis from Sojourners, begins Nov. 9 and continues for at least four Wednesdays. The group, which will be led by Will Files, will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs at Homer United Methodist Church. Books are available.