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Kenai Peninsula news organizations were well-represented Saturday at the annual Alaska Press Club banquet in Anchorage, where statewide awards are given out for excellence in journalism.

Two proposals to modify the City of Homer’s wintertime tax holiday on non-prepared foods were narrowly defeated at Monday night’s city council meeting. But the grocery tax issue will be back for one more round.

The volunteer organization that helps keep the doors open at Homer’s Kevin Bell Arena is looking for new funding. Monthly loan payments for the facility are set to double in about 18 months. The facility is one of only four in the nation that’s privately owned.

At the end of the year, Homer Electric Association will begin generating all its own power. HEA’s contract to buy electricity from Chugach Electric is up, but the co-op isn’t done there. Plans are in the early stages for more generating capacity.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is fine-tuning its budget for the next school year. In the 2013-2014 school year, the district expects to spend roughly $148 million, but it’s only expecting revenue totaling about $143 million. 

The annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference was earlier this month in Homer. Dozens of fiction and non-fiction authors and poets met with aspiring writers for a series of panels, workshops, and readings.

The most comprehensive exhibit featuring the artifacts and culture of the Dena’ina the Anchorage Museum has ever produced is on display for about six more weeks. The exhibit’s coordinator, Aaron Leggett, spoke at Kenai Peninsula College about the exhibit.

Clam diggers on the Kenai Peninsula will have to keep in mind a new set of rules for harvesting razor clams. For the first time in a decade, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reducing the bag limit for razor clams from 60 per day all the way down to 25. 

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