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Governor Bill Walker’s nominee to the Board of Fisheries has withdrawn his name from consideration. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader John Coghill’s office confirmed the withdrawal of Dr. Roland Maw but couldn’t provide additional details. Maw went through the first half of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Resources Committee Monday. The hearing was extended to Friday afternoon as there were more people signed up to testify than time allotted, but was cancelled earlier today.

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The State Senate Resources Committee gave Alaskans an opportunity to voice their opinions on a Joint Resolution that insists the United States Legislature open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain to oil and gas development. A single Homer resident was the only person to testify.

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The latest open enrollment period for health insurance on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace closed on Sunday. The enrollment period opened on November 15th of 2014. A local Homer Clinic has been walking residents through the details of signing up for their insurance.

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Dr. Roland Maw, of Kasilof, has not yet been confirmed as the newest member of the Alaska State Board of Fisheries. His confirmation hearing Monday, February 16, before the Senate Resources Committee was extended to allot more time for discussion and testimony. It will continue Friday, February 20, at 3:30 p.m.

Arial Photo of the Lillian Walli Subdivision - Photo Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

A group of Homer property owners are caught between a rock and a hard place. For years they haven’t been allowed to develop their land because of conditions in a decades old subdivision agreement. Now the City of Homer has sanctioned a special assessment of the Lillian Walli subdivision. Public Works Director Carey Meyer is looking for solutions to the property owners problems. Now after nearly 30 years there's new hope for the subdivision to be developed.

Three peninsula students will be recognized at the 2015 Spirit of Youth awards. The event celebrates the special accomplishments of Alaska’s young people. These central peninsula students join recipients from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, and Toksook Bay. This year’s Spirit of Youth awards will take place at the Anchorage Museum March 28th.

Karen Zak - Photo Courtesy of the Homer Chamber of Commerce

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center announced this week that Karen Zak has been appointed as the new executive director. Zak is a longtime Homer resident. She owns and operates Alaska Adventure Cabins and has worked in the travel and hospitality industry for more than 25 years. Her first day as director is Friday, February 13th.

Salmonstock in Ninilchik - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Homer may see a new kind of summer festival coming to town. Two Homer residents proposed an idea for a new music and arts event to the city council at its regular meeting. It's called "Soul Fest" and theoretically will be a place for non-profits to come together in festival form.