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Homer city officials have plans to re-allocate funds originally considered to be used for improvements at the intersection of Main Street and the Sterling Highway. The city received a Legislative Grant totaling $2 million that was set aside to be used for the troublesome intersection.

The federal government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years. While members of Congress debated the long-term effects of the shutdown, 13,000 federal employees in Alaska woke up to an unpaid day off.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board has approved three-year contracts for the teachers and employees in the district. School officials gathered for a special session Tuesday morning. The agreements are retroactive to last year.

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Kenai River Classic will target silver salmon instead of king salmon. The Kenai River Sportfishing Association changed the annual three-day fishing invitational from July to August.

A new book by longtime Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia hits bookstores Tuesday. “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” details the story of Robert Allen Hale, better known to Alaskans as “Papa Pilgrim.”

Walt Wrede has served as the city manager of Homer for ten years. Since taking the job, he has seen many proposals come before the city council, including controversial items like the proposed addition of a big box store and the Town Center project, but has still maintained his post.

Wet weather has taken its toll on the Kenai Peninsula in recent weeks. Residents on the central peninsula have been hardest hit but on the southern peninsula, heavy rain and saturated soil has kept public works crews busy, as well.

The state of Alaska leased nearly 150,000 acres to oil and gas developers in a sale Wednesday. The sale represents a continued interest in development in Cook Inlet that could focus on oil drilling in the coming years.

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