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If you know any students at Paul Banks Elementary School, don’t be surprised if you see them with nose in a book. The school began its annual read-a-thon this week, with a very unusual twist.

The Alaska Senate’s Finance Committee unveiled its 2015 capital budget last Monday, including nearly $2 billion for a variety of projects across the state. On the Kenai Peninsula, the committee proposes about $63.5 million for dozens of projects.

Homer’s wearable art show is returning this fall. Fiber artists from the Kenai Peninsula and beyond are invited to submit creations for the November shows. This year’s theme is “Show Off.”

For years, the Homer City Council has struggled with what to do about water and sewer rates. The council is considering a new plan that would overhaul the rate structure in an attempt to make it simpler and more adaptable in the future.

A high-profile Sterling Highway landmark was destroyed by fire last weekend. The large, five-story house at Milepost 153 near Anchor Point was noticeable for the three large wind turbines and 36 solar panels that provided its power.

Investigators are taking a closer look at a single-vehicle accident that killed a Soldotna man Wednesday morning east of Homer. It is not yet known what exactly caused 29-year-old Trevor Cunningham’s truck to go off the road.

If approved, the new redistricting maps would mean a change in representation for the Kenai Peninsula. The latest boundaries shift Senator Peter Micciche’s District O toward central and eastern peninsula communities.

A bill in the Alaska House would establish a day to honor the late-Governor Jay Hammond. House Bill 130 would designate July 21st of each year as “Jay Hammond Day.” The bill had its first full hearing Wednesday and is making its way through the legislative process.

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