Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

20 years ago

Then-Homer City Manager Ron Drathman asked the Library Advisory Board to consider moving the library into the then-Homer Intermediate School after the lease with the University of Alaska Anchorage Kachemak Bay Campus ended. Library Director Mary Helm said the older part of the building had issues, such as making it handicap accessible under federal law. Library Advisory Board member Dan Coyle said the current library had space problems.

“We have and continue to look at a bunch of possible solutions,” Coyle said. “We are not saying we’re highly interested (in the school), but it’s one of many things we are looking at now.”

— From the issue of Nov. 9, 2000

30 years ago

Progress on a new visitor center for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge moved ahead when the U.S. Congress included $3.4 million for land acquisition and design in the 1991 budget. Ideas for the center included an aquarium for sea birds, an exhibit of nocturnal sea creatures and a film about the refuge to be shown at the visitor center. The visitor center complex would include 37,000-square-feet of buildings, including the visitor center, an environmental education center and offices. The total cost of the complex was estimated to be $20 million.

— From the issue of Nov. 8, 1990

50 years ago

Homer Electric Association announced a change in reading electrical meters. Previously, members read their own meters and calculated their electric bills. Under the new system, HEA personnel will read meters, with members in rural areas still reading their own meters but HEA calculating the bill. The change came about because of increased costs in the former process and various member relation problems.

— From the issue of Nov. 5, 1970