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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.

There’s a new addition to the array of sea creatures at Homer’s Pratt Museum but this one is just not your average fish.  Standing in front of one of the tanks, the new lumpsucker fish appears to be a grey rock, stuck to the back wall of the tank. 

The annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet is an institution in Homer, where the show has gone on for 25 years. The production was revamped three years ago when directors Breezy Berryman and Jennifer Norton took over.

A group of kids will spend the weekend outdoors foraging for their meals. Homer Wilderness Leaders, or HoWL, will teach the kids survival skills during the two-day trip.The destination for what’s called the Edible Harvest Weekend is Cottonwood Canyon.

The Alaska State Board of Education has renewed the charter application for Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science. The school first opened in 2004. There are about 250 students attending Kaleidoscope.

Four schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have been using iPod Touches with lessons. Initial results show some improvement in math and reading scores. But district officials want more information before expanding the program.

Broomballers from Alaska and Canada met at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer last weekend to compete in a broomball tournament. Two Homer teams, two Bethel teams and one Canadian team took to the ice Friday and Saturday with their brooms and special shoes.

The task force organized in October to address issues related to the Department of Fish and Game’s king salmon management plan met for the first of four meetings Friday at Kenai Peninsula College.

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