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Fisheries-related jobs still employ more Alaskans than any other sector and offer a rosy outlook for at least the next decade. Employers say one thing is lacking, however, when it comes to hiring the next generation of fish experts – education. 

Homer's ban on disposable plastic shopping bags went into effect Tuesday and the city is gearing up to enforce it. According to Homer City Manager Walt Wrede, the ban only applies to store owners and will not affect citizens who happen to have bags in their posession.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to come out for Friday’s K-Bay 5K for Leo. All the proceeds will go toward funding research to help find treatments or a cure for Neurofibromatosis.

Representatives from Enstar were in Homer again last Wednesday night, discussing options for homeowners interested in hooking up to the natural gas pipeline. Construction on the trunk line into town is expected to begin February.

Tech giant Google has named Homer as the 2013 “eCity” for the state of Alaska. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. Google refers to its eCity award recipients as “the new digital capitals of America.” 

The state Board of Fisheries took up the issue of king salmon management at its meeting this week. The board was supposed to dive into this topic during the 2014 cycle, but given the 2012 salmon season, they got to it a year early.

About 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are overweight or obese – that according to a new study published by the Alaska Division of Public Health. The numbers are not much different than the rest of the state.

Just weeks after top executives for Buccaneer Alaska were fired, the company is making moves to shore up its financial situation. In a news release Wednesday, the company said it was selling off its remaining 25 percent interest in the Cosmopolitan drilling project.

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