In November, CIRCAC welcomed Vaito'a Heaven to the staff as Administrative Assistant.  Vaito'a was born in Samoa, her mother's homeland. At 6 weeks old, her family moved to the homeland of father, New Zealand. Since her father traveled extensively with his construction job, Vaito'a spent her early years in the South Pacific, and the Cook Islands, Fiji, Burma, Australia, and a tiny South Pacific Island called Niue were home. But her fondest memories are of the Fiji Islands, where she spent most of her childhood.
Before ultimately settling down in Kenai in 2005, Vaito'a lived in Kodiak, Wasilla, Homer, and Anchor Point.

Vaito'a likes all the things Alaska has to offer, aside from the few weeks a year of sub-zero temperatures and dark winters. Her affinity for the coast is what she loves most about being on the Kenai.

Vaito'a's children are all athletic and competitive swimmers. Her oldest son is currently training and competing for a spot on the Samoa Olympic swim team.

CIRCAC attracted her interest because of the uniqueness of the organization and the people she gets to meet. Still new, Vaito'a--whose name loosely translated means "still or calm waters"--is looking forward to getting to know the inner workings and all that we do. Please join us in welcoming Vaito'a to the CIRCAC family.

Board Meets in Anchorage
CIRCAC's Board of Directors wraps up its 25th year with an Anniversary Reception and Board Meeting in Anchorage.

The CIRCAC Board of Directors is meeting at the Hotel Captain Cook on December 3-4. Public members of the Environmental Monitoring Committee and PROPS Committee (Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety) have also been invited to attend.

The reception will be held Thursday evening at the Anchorage Rasmuson Museum for invited guests.

The Board of Directors are scheduled to hear from Larry Persily with the Kenai Peninsula Borough regarding the LNG project, and from BlueCrest Energy with an update on their Cook Inlet operations. 

The public is invited and welcome to attend both days' sessions.

Board Meeting to Highlight 25 Years of Project Work in the Inlet
When the Board of Directors meets in Anchorage this week, it will devote its first day's agenda to highlighting CIRCAC's 25 years' of progress to assess oil industry risks and minimize potential impacts through a number of CIRCAC initiatives, such as Geographic Response Strategies, (GRS) and the Cook Inlet Navigational Risk Assessment.

The afternoon meeting will also review how CIRCAC is conducting biological assessments and contaminants monitoring of Cook Inlet's complex oceanography and nearshore habitats.

Kenai River Ice Camera Publicly Viewable
.CIRCAC's ice camera network consists of 9 cameras strategically located throughout the Upper Cook Inlet. Its most recent camera sits at the mouth of the Kenai River at North Beach and is to date the only one whose images can be publicly viewed. This camera was placed with the support of the Alaska Marine Exchange and City of Kenai. The City of Kenai shares a link to the camera, which can also be accessed through our website or through  the Alaska Ocean Observing System.
Coming up:

December 3-4  CIRCAC Board of Directors Meeting, Anchorage
January 25-28 Alaska Marine Science Symposium
February 8-13 Alaska Forum on the Environment


Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
8195 Kenai Spur Highway
Email: giguere@circac.org
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