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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.

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. 

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.

A Homer flightseeing operator with visions of operating a heliport on the Homer Spit is one step closer to his goal. The Homer City Council narrowly defeated an effort to exclude heliports form a series of new zoning rules.

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.

The City of Homer wants to see more internet-based businesses in town, but officials want to make sure they’re making the area attractive enough. That’s where you come in. The city’s Economic Development Commission created a survey. 

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.” 

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