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An oral history project conducted in Homer 16 years ago is seeing new life on the web, thanks to the efforts of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ “Project Jukebox.” The project contains a wealth of early Homer history, told by the people who lived it.

The Homer City Council meets tonight and one subject on the agenda promise to generate plenty of discussion. Council member Bryan Zak has proposed to reinstitute the city’s 4.5 percent sales tax on non-prepared foods during the winter months.

A controversial plan to revamp the City of Homer’s water and sewer rate structure had another round of debate at the Homer City Council’s last meeting. But a final up-or-down vote on the issue has yet to be made.

As BP’s trial gets underway to determine its responsibility in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there are questions here about the ability of oil companies to be able to clean up a spill. Sen. Peter Micciche says there are a couple ways to set accountability standards.

"Three Guys No Wood," a shop that sits just outside the city limits of Soldotna, specializes in wooden bowls and other items. The unique shop is home to a variety of products produced by Kenai Peninsula woodturners.

Birders from across the country were in Homer over the weekend for the Kachemak Shorebird Festival. A bird calling contest at Homer Brewing Company was among the weekend’s events. A rowdy crowd of about 50 people gathered at the brewery Friday night.

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.” 

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