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Alice's Champagne Palace - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, will open for the first time under new management on December 19th. Both the bar and the restaurant will be open. Owners say there’s a new menu featuring locally-sourced dishes, rather than typical bar fare. The new palace will still feature live music and dancing. And, owners say it will try to live up to its reputation as “Homer’s Living Room.”

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The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association is teaching fishermen how to put the least amount of strain on their bodies during a work day. The non-profit helps them apply ergonomics to their working conditions to prevent long term health problems. Fishermen are also using ergonomics on the money side of their business. They are learning best practices that minimize effort and increase the size of their catch while still safeguarding health.

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The Homer Hockey Association will receive $14,000 from the City of Homer to pay toward an old debt that has come due. The Homer City Council voted four to two in favor of appropriating the money during its regular meeting on Monday of last week. But, Homer’s mayor says the decision, circumvents the city’s normal method for funding non-government groups.

Walt Wrede - Photo by KBBI

Homer City Manager Walt Wrede will give up his office on the last day of December. Wrede has served Homer for twelve years in a position he says on average is held for only two years. He and his wife plan to move from Homer to Anchorage and Wrede wants to relax for a while. He says he hasn't committed to another position. In his conversation with KBBI, Wrede recalled his proudest moments as City Manager. He also listed shortcomings, and shared ideas for the future.

Allie Ostrander - Photo Courtesy of the Peninsula Clarion

Kenai Central High school cross country star Allie Ostrander finished first place in the individual contest for the Nike Cross National Finals. The high school senior traveled to Portland Oregon to take the top time in her five kilometer race. Ostrander's basketball coach says her achievement comes on the heels of a minor setback.

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Future marijuana businesses will face a string of challenges when commercialization of the drug becomes legal under state law. Pot Industry pioneers are still trying to go all in. They plan to use their business smarts to find ways around the obstacles. They'll have to contend with state regulation, federal tax code, and the inconveniences that come with marketing a drug still illegal under federal law. Their hope is that end profits will justify the high costs tied to the marijuana industry.

Walt Wrede, Jo Johnson, Beth Wythe - Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer city clerk Jo Johnson, who you might recognize from our weekly Clerk’s Calendar feature, has been named the 2014 Clerk of the Year by the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks. Other peninsula clerks who have shared the honor are Jean Lewis of Seward in 2010, Linda Murphy of the Kenai Borough in 2002, and Mary Calhoun of Homer in 2001.

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The Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic administered free tests for HIV on Tuesday to recognize World AIDS Day. The clinic staff hope to prevent the spread of HIV and help infected individuals manage their condition to prevent its progression to AIDS. The clinic saw a strong turnout especially of one demographic that doesn't take advantage of its services very often.