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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Thousands of visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national park are grumbling and making alternate plans after being told to leave or denied entry because of the budget impasse in Washington.
Changes coming to Homer halibut derby

In an era of uncertainity about the future of halibut stocks and the amount of halibut Homer's charter fleet can catch, the Homer Chamber Commerce today announced major changes to its 26-year-old Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. The big changes include: ? Reducing the jackpot prize to $10,000 for the largest halibut caught during the derby period of May 15 to Sept. 15; ? Adding two grand-prize tagged fish, the $50,000 GCI tagged fish and the Stanley Ford of Kenai Ford F-150 truck tagged fish; and
Kenai chamber gets new director

A former Holland America Line sales and marketing manager has been named to head the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.
Santa makes plans for visit to Kenai today

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the belly for many, the central peninsula will turn the page toward another seasonal celebration today as the Kenai Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual "Christmas Comes to Kenai" festivities.
Odgers leaves Kenai Chamber to head up March of Dimes

Reluctantly the Kenai Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director. Janie Odgers who has been at the helm of the organization for the last several years is moving on to Anchorage where she?ll pick up the reigns as the state director for the Alaska March of Dimes. The announcement by Chamber board president Jason Carroll at a recent luncheon meeting brought all in attendance to their feet for a standing ovation in appreciation of her efforts on behalf of the Chamber. In presenting her with a dozen roses Carroll said, ?Janie has worked hard and done an outstanding job for all of us, we?ll miss you but know you?ll be back to visit us real soon.?


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