Years Ago

20 years ago

The Romp family of Vermont finished their 4,450-mile journey on a bicycle-built-for-four from Shoreham, Vermont, to Homer. After dipping the front tire of their custom-built four-seat bicycle in Kachemak Bay at Coal Point, they relaxed with a soak in the Land’s End Resort hot tub. They arrived exactly six months from starting their trip. Daughter Ellie said her favorite memory was of Tangier Island, Virginia, where people speak with an Elizabethan accent.

“Any goal we set, we know we can do,” she said. “We rode across America.”

— From the issue of Oct. 7, 1999

30 years ago

A Homer couple battled the Immigration and Nationalization Service over a deportation notice ordering Daniel Cornelius’ foreign-born wife, Diana, and her 3-year-old child, Rosa, be deported. The couple met in 1987 while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and married later that year after Diana came to Alaska with Rosa, her child from a previous relationship. They later had a child. Daniel Cornelius applied for residency for his family, but then INS lost the paperwork. After he refiled, INS said Diana’s application was denied because she Diand and Rosa had entered the U.S. in Tijuana without proper paperwork.

“These people (INS) are just jacking us around because it’s in their book to do this,” Daniel Cornelius said.

— From the issue of Oct. 10, 1989

50 years ago

In election results, Kenai Peninsula Borough voters re-elected George Navarre as borough chairman by more than a 1,000-vote margin. Dolly Farnsworth, Karen Hornaday, Jerry Near and Ed Hollier were elected to the school board. Barbara Banta of Ninilchik, Byrl Getman of Sterling and Bryce Noah of Ridgeway were elected to the assembly.

In the Homer City Council race, John Pate and Robert Williams were elected, defeating incumbent Kenney Arndt.

— From the issue of Oct. 9, 1969