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Absentee and special ballots from last week’s Borough and Municipal elections have all been counted, settling the last two contests on the Kenai Peninsula. In the unofficial results released Monday, Kelly Wolf defeated Michael Winegarden for Assembly Seat 1 by just seven votes, winning 232-225.

Homer Police Department officers have made five arrests related to a pair of high-profile burglaries in Homer. On October 21st, the TechConnect electronics store on Pioneer Avenue reported that it had been burglarized, with more than $4,500 worth of items missing.

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced Friday that the M/V Tustumena will not return to service until July. The Tustumena went into dry-dock in Seward for a major improvement project back in November and was originally scheduled to return to service April 17th. 

Two community housing projects have received funding to move on to a second phase of expansion. The developments in Soldotna and Homer have been made possible by grants from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

Homer city officials will not appeal a decision made by a Kenai Superior Court judge regarding the city’s special assessment district. Ken Castner filed a lawsuit last March after he said his condo was unfairly assessed within the HSAD.

The people of Homer will have to wait a couple more weeks to see whether or not a city-wide ban on disposable plastic shopping bags will go into effect. Last week, Homer Mayor Jim Hornaday vetoed the plastic bag ban but the city council took no action on the mayor’s veto at its meeting Monday night.

If you’ve ever thought you might like to run for public office, now is the time to get the ball rolling. The candidacy filing period for this year’s municipal and borough elections is now open.

Homer city officials are expressing relief over a jury’s verdict Thursday exonerating the actions of Homer Police Department officers during a 2006 shootout at the Homer Airport, although attorneys for the plaintiff have promised to appeal the case.

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