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There are four candidates running for two open seats on the Homer City Council. Voters will have a chance to decide who will help make decisions for the city during the October 1st election: incumbent Bryan Zak or newcomers Justin Arnold, Gus Van Dyke and Corbin Arno.

The 2013 Lifelong Learner award will be given to Ken Castner, who has helped foster community based education in Homer. A "Celebration of Lifelong Learning" will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the library. Ethan Kizzia will be presented with the Youth Learner Award. 

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is hoping to start a new tradition in Homer – an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The chamber announced Tuesday that it will hold what it hopes is the first annual tree lighting Friday at 5 p.m. in the Chamber parking lot.

Work is continuing on Homer’s Tidal Energy Incubator Project. Those involved, which includes scientists from around the state and University of Alaska engineering students, are trying to find out if they can turn tides into electricity sold on the market.

Federal investigators arrived on the Kenai Peninsula Monday to examine the scene of a Sunday plane crash in Soldotna. They plan to pore over evidence at the crash site for the next week before moving their operation back to Washington, DC. 

Since his election to the Alaska State Legislature last year, Senator Peter Micciche  has found himself neck-deep in oil and gas issues, something he knows about as a long-time employee of Conoco Phillips. Micciche recently spoke about Governor Sean Parnell’s proposal to overhaul oil taxes.

The Funny River Fire has now consumed nearly 50,000 acres. By Thursday morning, a command center had been established at Skyview High School, and crews were again focusing their efforts on keeping the fire away from residential areas.

On Friday, October 5th, a dead beluga whale was found in Cook Inlet and brought to shore near Nikiski where a necropsy was performed on the animal at a local beach.  

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