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This year’s session of the Alaska State Legislature began Tuesday. As happens just about every year, policies related to the state’s natural resources will figure heavily into the debate. One of the most high-profile bills has been House Bill 77.

Thanks to a judge’s ruling, the City of Homer no longer has to worry about plowing an ice skating area on Beluga Lake. A Homer man who donated parkland to the city 30 years ago thought the city had an obligation to create an ice skating area.

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.

A grass fire east of Homer burned more than eight acres Thursday evening before firefighters were able to put it out. Andy Alexandrou of the state Division of Forestry said the fire started around 4 p.m. at about Mile 12 of East End Road.

Another arrest has been made in an ongoing sexual assault case that stems from a teenage party in Homer last month. Alaska State Troopers said in a statement Monday that an unidentified 16-year-old male was taken into custody Sunday night. 

There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska. But the ones we do have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions. In the third part of a series, we make a pit stop at the recently re-opened Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof.

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. 

Another winter storm dropped as much as two feet of snow in some spots around Homer Thursday. The surprise snowstorm began late Wednesday evening and by early Thursday morning, some residents were reporting additional accumulation between six inches in town and two feet in areas by Diamond Ridge and East End Road. 

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