Years Ago

20 years ago

The Homer Public Health Center announced that the annual influenza vaccine might not be available until mid-November due to a nation-wide shortage. The shortage was caused by a manufacturing slowdown at one of the companies. In 1999, about 80 million doses of flu vaccine were distributed nationally, with Alaska getting 80,000.

— From the issue of Sept. 7, 2000

30 years ago

A “Welcome Homer Spit” sign that went missing from the Spit on July 31, 1990, was found in the Watson Lake, Yukon Territory sign forest at the local visitor center by a Homer family. More than 10,000 signs have been added to the collection since it started in 1942. The family asked a visitor center employee about how to repatriate the sign but then decided to move it to a more prominent position to help publicize Homer.

— From the issue of Sept. 6, 1990

50 years ago

The Sept. 3, 1970, issue is missing from the archives.