Years Ago

20 years ago

The late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, visited Homer for groundbreaking ceremonies of the $10 million Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, now called the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Stevens also was the Grand Marshal of the Homer Independence Day Parade. In Seldovia, Stevens had the honor of being the town’s honorary “Old Crab.”

— From the issue of July 6, 2000

30 years ago

The Homer Council on the Arts turned down a $45,000, three-year grant that included funding from the National Endowment for the Arts because the board decided the NEA money came with censorship strings attached.

Arts council director Joy Steward said restrictions on art “shouldn’t be imposed on us by the federal government.”

— From the issue of July 5, 1990

50 years ago

The July 2, 1970, issue of the Homer News is missing from the archives.