After months of debate, the 2014 City of Homer budget is finally finished. At its Monday meeting, the Homer City Council made the last few adjustments to the $26 million budget and signed off on the document.
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Tesoro Corporation has been issued a fine of more than $1 million for violating provisions of the Clean Air Act. On Thursday, the EPA announced an agreement with Tesoro. The company will pay a $1.1 million dollar fine and revamp its procedures.
Facing lower than normal ticket sales, the Homer Chamber of Commerce is extending the deadline for its annual car raffle. The deadline has now been pushed back until December 6th.
The North Pacific Fisheries Association is honoring the late Captain Bob Moss with Christmas lights. It was his personal tradition to put a Christmas tree in the rigging on his boats.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing on an ordinance designed to protect salmon habitat. The Borough has been in the business of regulating land use in these areas since 1996. But the latest attempt by the Assembly to keep riparian zones healthy for fish was met by a small, but vocal opposition.
The Alaska Training Room opened its doors last year and has quickly become a favored spot among Homer exercise enthusiasts. The new business is the brainchild of Mary Jo Cambridge, who brings 25 years of experience in physical fitness training to Homer.
Homer city officials have been discussing the need for a new public safety building. The proposed facility would house the police station, fire hall and the jail at a cost of about $15 million.
Hilcorp Energy Company is making preparations to conduct 3-D seismic testing near Ninilchik. The company has submitted an application for geophysical exploration and a plan of operations for the testing.