Business in Brief

Chamber mixer scheduled for today at NOMAR

This month’s Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer will be from 5-7 p.m. this evening at NOMAR, 104 E. Pioneer Ave.

“NOMAR has been a locally owned and operated manufacturer since 1978 and is a staple for fishermen and women, boats and outdoor enthusiasts,” according to a chamber announcement.

Everyone is invited to come meet the owners and staff.


HEA rates scheduled to increase April 1

HEA has submitted a filing with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that raises the Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA) from $0.04151 per kilowatt hour to $0.04556 per kilowatt hour.

The increase is scheduled to go into effect for all billings starting April 1, pending approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

The change to the COPA is the result of an increase in the energy and demand rates charged by Chugach Electric. The increase was partially offset by a reduction in fuel costs.

COPA is adjusted on a quarterly basis and reflects changes in the cost of power purchased by HEA from Chugach Electric.

The increase to the COPA will change the blended energy rate for HEA residential members from $0.16910 per kilowatt hour to $0.17315 per kilowatt hour.

The rate change will mean an increase of $2.25 per month for the average residential member with a usage of 630 kilowatt hours.


UAF radio station wins award as best in nation

FAIRBANKS— The student-run radio station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has won an award for the best college radio station in the country.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says KSUA at FM 91.5 won the 2013 MTV’s Best College Radio Woodie Award. The station beat out competition from major universities in metropolitan areas from across the country.

In January, KSUA found out it was a finalist for the award, and station staff ramped up a campaign to spread the word and encourage voting.

The winner was decided by online voting from Feb. 13 to March 14.

The award was presented in Sunday in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Festival.


Gas association plans to sue over listing of seals

JUNEAU — The Alaska Oil and Gas Association plans to sue over a federal decision to list as threatened two types of ice seals.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in December that ringed seals and bearded seals in the Arctic Ocean would be protected under the Endangered Species Act. 

These joined polar bears as species listed as threatened by loss of sea ice.

The oil and gas group says in a news release that there is “no scientific evidence linking climate change now or in the future” to adverse effects on the seals. The group says scientific data indicate the populations are healthy. 

It also says there’s no evidence oil and gas activities pose a foreseeable threat to seals.

The group Tuesday gave its required notice of intent to sue.

— Associated Press 

and staff reports