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Congress has just a few weeks to act on the request for federal disaster aid to local fishermen affected by this year’s historically low run of king salmon.  The Alaska congressional delegation Tuesday received some updated information.

It’s Alaska’s season of giving now that Pick.Click.Give. has started. There are 50 organizations on the Kenai Peninsula seeking donations through individual PFDs. In 2012, a little more than 23,000 people provided non-profit organizations with $2.2 million.

Despite several orders from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifying some salmon fisheries already, anglers have had ample opportunity to reel in a catch on the Russian River. Drift boats were going in and out of the water all day on the Russian.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved a rule change that could pave the way for the borough to loans funds to both Homer and Kachemak City. The money would be used to pay for construction of natural gas infrastructure.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake, which devastated many communities in Alaska, including those on the Kenai Peninsula. The anniversary has emergency planners asking the question, “Are we ready for the next ‘big one?’”

Enstar Natural Gas Company is focused on building a gasline network throughout the Homer Special Assessment District. At a workshop Friday morning at the Kachemak Community Center, new gas customers were signing up for the service.

Homer resident and New York Times best-selling author Dana Stabenow has collected another award for her work – the 2012 Nero Award for “Best American Mystery.” The award honors “Though Not Dead,” Stabenow’s 18th installment in the popular Kate Shugak series.

South Peninsula Hospital is the first public building in Homer to have natural gas service. Governor Sean Parnell, hospital staff and other state officials were on hand July 25 for a valve-turning event to celebrate.

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