Years Ago

20 years ago

Residents of an area the city of Homer proposed to annex gave the Homer City Council a clear message at its Feb. 28 meeting: heck no. The city proposed to annex 25.6 square miles, or roughly the entire lower Kenai Peninsula in Township 6 South that would include Diamond Ridge, most of Skyline Drive and to about Mile 6.5 East End Road — but not Kachemak City. The move would have brought in $1.2 million to the city.

— From the issue of March 2, 2000

30 years ago

A majority of employees at Eagle Quality Center signed union cards and joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1496. The union also investigated a complain by one employee that she had been demoted because of pro-union activity. Another employee asked for the National Labor Relations Board to look into his firing, but he said he didn’t know if a union campaign had much to do with his termination. Eagle Quality Center was the name of the grocery store built in 1989 now owned by Safeway.

— From the issue of March 1, 1990

50 years ago

Rep. Clem Tillion wrote a report in the Homer News about the progress of House Bill 282, an act providing supplemental retirement income for any Alaskans 65 years or older who have lived in the state for 25 years or more. People who leave Alaska for six consecutive months could not get benefits until they had stayed in Alaska another 12 months on their return. Alaskans could accrue credit for accumulated years and would not have had to lived here continuously.

“The bill is one to encourage people to plan on retiring in Alaska, to look to this state not as a plce to get rich and take the money elsewhere, but as a place to continue their residence for their full life,” Tillion wrote.

— From the issue of Feb. 19, 1970