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The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a $60 billion federal disaster relief bill next week that, if passed, would provide economic relief to commercial fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula.

Officials with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been holding meetings to discuss next year’s spending plan. During the meeting in Homer Tuesday night, one parent expressed concern over her lack of involvement in the district’s discussion of next year’s budget.

Homer’s new transfer facility building is up and running. Design and construction took about two-and-a-half years and cost roughly $10 million.

 

The committee tasked with exploring the option of a vessel haul-out and repair facility at the Homer Harbor has started meeting. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins has said making the facility a reality could be a few years out.

Heavy rain all over the Kenai Peninsula this week has put residents on alert for possible flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Thursday for the Kenai River, from Kenai Lake to the river's mouth.

The federal government’s most important piece of fisheries legislation – the Magnuson-Stevens Act – is set to expire this year unless it is reauthorized by Congress. U.S. Senator Mark Begich says he and other members of Congress are pushing for changes to the act.

A major improvement project at Homer’s Deepwater Dock is forcing Buccaneer Energy to move its jack-up rig Endeavor out of the harbor. The original deadline to move the Endeavor rig was March 20th but that deadline has now been moved back by a week.

The Kenai Peninsula had only two contested legislative races in Tuesday’s general election – the race for Senate District N on the northern peninsula and the race for House District 30 on the southern peninsula.

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