Years Ago

20 years ago

Heavy rains triggered a sand-and-clay landslide at South Peninsula Hospital, demolishing wood-and-steel forms built for the concrete foundation for the new West Wing at the hospital. No one was injured, but the landslide delayed construction on the $4.2 million expansion project. The slide let loose about 6 p.m. Oct. 18, just an hour after crews had quit for the day. The landslide buckled steel panels and splintered lumber.

— From the issue of Oct. 21, 1999

30 years ago

More than 130 oil spills were reported in Cook Inlet since 1986, according to records filed with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. In the previous 15 months, Soldotna DEC officials dealt with 360 hazardous waste spills in the ground, air or water. Just in October alone, 20 spills were reported, ranging from three gallons to 1,008 gallons at the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski. After filing a freedom of information request, the Homer News waited for a reply from the U.S. Coast Guard on its spill response.

— From the issue of Oct. 26, 1989

50 years ago

An oil rig, Rig 66, left Kachemak Bay on Oct. 20 after being anchored offshore near Homer. Rig 66 came into the harbor for fuel and water before leaving for work at Trading Bay. It was to return to Homer after the short-term contract.

— From the issue of Oct. 23, 1969