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Story last updated at 4:41 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Three apply for council seat

Three Homer residents have applied for the open Homer City Council seat left vacant after former council member Kevin Hogan resigned. Applying are:

• Beauregard Burgess, a general contractor and bookkeeper;

• Sharon Minsch, a Homer real estate agent and chair of the Homer Advisory Planning Commission;

• Donald Stead, a project engineer at Homer Electric Association.

The council interviews each candidate for 5 minutes at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. It will vote on the candidates at its regular meeting.

Hard-shell clam limit reduced

During its March shellfish meeting, the Alaska Board of Fisheries approved changes to littleneck and butter clam bag and possession limits in Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries. The bag and possession limits were reduced from 1,000 littleneck clams and 700 butter clams to a combined limit of 80 clams for the sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries effective April 4. The change is based on department survey data. Clams may be taken only with rakes, shovels, manually operated clam guns or by hand. The minimum size for littleneck clams is 1.5 inches in length across the widest part of the shell, and the minimum size for butter clams is 2.5 inches in length across the widest part of the shell. Sublegal littleneck and butter clams should be reburied with the siphon up, otherwise they are unable to rebury and will die. Likewise, holes should be refilled to prevent smothering adjacent clams and other intertidal organisms.

Senate passes transportation bill

The Alaska Senate announced Monday it unanimously passed Senate Bill 182, sponsored by the Senate Education Committee, which would provide additional funding to school districts facing increased costs for student transportation. The bill allows for state reimbursement based on the most recent audits by the Department of Education and Early Development, with annual adjustments according to the Consumer Price Index, and allows for funding to match amounts agreed to in districts' most recent contract negotiations. SB 182 now goes to the House of Representatives. To follow the progress of this and other bills, visit www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/start.asp.

Homer students place in tourney

Members of the Alaska region of the International Shotokan Karate Federation met in Anchorage at the Spenard Rec Center for the Alaska Regional Karate Tournament on March 24. Participants traveled from Gambell, Barrow, Juneau, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, Wasilla and the Anchorage area to take part in kata and kumite events.

Four students represented the Homer Shotokan Karate Club in their respective divisions. Attending were Matthew and Elizabeth Prescott, Mercedes Becker and Roan Rediske. Roan placed second in kata, Matthew placed first in kumite and Mercedes placed third in kata and second in kumite. All four students performed well representing the Homer club with honor.

The Alaska Regional Tournament is held once per year and allows Alaskan members the opportunity to compete with each other in a contest of skills to further their education in the study of Shotokan karate.