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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted a resolution supporting a continuation of setnetting in Cook Inlet at its meeting Tuesday. By passing the resolution, the Assembly also voiced its disapproval of a ballot initiative to get setnetting banned statewide.

Photojournalist Jim Lavrakas is well-known to many Alaskans for his 30-year career with the Anchorage Daily News but since moving to Homer in 2010, Lavrakas has also been involved with the Homer Chamber of Commerce. This August, he’s set to become the organization’s executive director.

New Coast Guard rules are now in effect that will impact commercial fishing vessels working in waters more than three miles from shore. It is now mandatory for those boats to have a dockside safety exam every two years.  

Groups involved with natural resource management on the Kenai Peninsula were in Homer Thursday. The Homer Soil and Water Conversation District brought individuals together to ensure everyone is working well together.

Since the first of this year, shoppers in Homer have had to get used to a new law prohibiting plastic shopping bags. But Homer voters may end up having the final say on whether Homer’s ban lasts through the year.

Buccaneer Energy now has more financial resources to conduct its oil and gas operations in Alaska. In a news release, the company announced new agreements with Chicago-based Victory Park Capital for $100 million in new capital funding.

Voters have approved funds for new roofs for a handful of schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and a new turf field for Homer High School. Roughly 57 percent of voters said yes to a proposition on Tuesday’s ballot.

The Alaska State Senate passed its version of the 2014 capital budget Saturday, marking a total of just under $1.9 billion dollars for transportation, energy and public works projects around the state. The budget contains funding for many projects on the Kenai Peninsula.

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