20 years ago
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Drew Scalzi filed to run for the House District 7 seat held by Gail Phillips. Phillips said she was considering running for governor. A commercial fisherman, Scalzi also sat on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Scalzi said he considered himself a moderate. He said his two big issues were a state budget and a long-term financial plan.
— From the issue of Feb. 24 , 2000
30 years ago
Mount Redoubt erupted again, and this time Homer did not escape its wrath. A thick cloud of ash billowed from the volcano at about 4 a.m. Feb. 15, accompanied by a lightning storm and thunder, dusting communities south of Ninilchik with ash. Heavy snow on Feb. 16 covered the ash.
The Feb. 15 event sent a rush of mud and water down Drift River to the oil storage terminal, breaching temporary dykes built since an earlier eruption and flood. The U.S. Coast Guard shut down the terminal on Feb. 20.
— From the issue of Feb. 22, 1990
50 years ago
Homer High School senior Sally Barnett won the 1970 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow contest. Barnett had the top score on the test taken by senior girls. Barnett won a silver charm from General Mills and became eligible for college scholarships from $500 to $5,000.
School winners advanced to the State Homemaker of Tomorrow contest, with the Alaska winner receiving a$1,500 scholarship. General Mills started the contest in 1954 to emphasize the importance of homemaking as a career.
— From the issue of Feb. 12, 1970