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A proposal to ban commercial set net fishing in urban areas of Alaska is getting a lot of attention. While the ban would apply statewide to commercial setnetting in all urban areas, in practice, it would really only affect setnetters on the Kenai Peninsula. 

Even though the state legislature is gaveled out, citizens on the Kenai Peninsula are trying to advance the legislative process in their own way. Rallies against Senate Bill 21 have been held all over Alaska since before the bill that lowers tax rates for oil companies was even voted on.

There are no reports of injuries or damage after a powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami advisory for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline. The advisory alert was canceled early Saturday morning, when no damaging waves were generated.

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. 

A snowmachiner missing for two days in the Caribou Hills outside Homer was found by rescuers Sunday afternoon. Forty-one-year-old Steven Craig was located by a volunteer pilot and later transported to South Peninsula Hospital.

Enstar Natural Gas Company is starting the purging process for sections of the Homer distribution system. Residents will see notifications on their doors to confirm the purging is complete and gas is available at the meter. 

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavor left the Homer harbor at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, heading for the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point. The rig had been moored at the harbor since arriving in Alaska from Singapore last August.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education has approved a new math curriculum, set to go into effect next school year. Rashah McChesney of the Peninsula Clarion reports the new curriculum will meet the standards adopted by the state in June.

 

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