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Photojournalist Jim Lavrakas is well-known to many Alaskans for his 30-year career with the Anchorage Daily News but since moving to Homer in 2010, Lavrakas has also been involved with the Homer Chamber of Commerce. This August, he’s set to become the organization’s executive director.

As the City of Homer has grown over the years, so have its problems with traffic. The Alaska Department of Transportation has taken notice of the problem and now stands ready to fix what it calls Homer’s worst intersection – Main Street and the Sterling Highway.

Four schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been using iPod Touches with lessons. Initial results show some improvement in math and reading scores. But district officials want more information before expanding the program.

The Homer special assessment district has passed a hurdle with a “yes” vote from all city council members on first reading. Final passage could happen at the next meeting Feb. 11.

The federal government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years. While members of Congress debated the long-term effects of the shutdown, 13,000 federal employees in Alaska woke up to an unpaid day off.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided to have a public hearing for an ordinance that would repeal some provisions of the Borough’s Anadromous streams protection order. The expansion of the original ordinance has been hotly contested.

An effort to reinstate the City of Homer’s tax on non-prepared foods during the wintertime took a big step forward Monday night, when the Homer City Council voted to advance the issue toward a final vote December 10th. 

Homer residents in the Highlands Drive area of West Hill are reporting the presence of a black bear that has apparently learned to open car and house doors. Fish and Game biologist Jason Herreman says neighbors in the area first reported the bear.

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