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As the Alaska State Legislature inches closer toward passage of controversial oil tax reform legislation, citizens across the state are letting their voices be heard on the matter. Kenai Peninsula residents got a chance to do just that during a committee meeting Monday.

The Ageya Wilderness Center in Homer recently installed a wind turbine on its property - one of the largest of its kind on the Kenai Peninsula. Now up and running, the turbine is providing the center with a steady supply of energy.

After a special shareholders meeting Tuesday, the Board of Directors for energy producer Buccaneer Energy has a new look. A takeover attempt by a group of Singapore-based investors was only partly defeated in a vote Tuesday in Sydney, Australia.

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.

Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after heavy snow. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 100-foot-by-100-foot sheen was spotted around the site where the boats sank in Jakolof Bay.

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