Years Ago

20 years ago

Nope, it wasn’t an early St. Patrick’s Day joke. Frank and Barbara Gibson’s mixed-breed Labrador retriever dog really did give birth to a green-tinted puppy. Part of a litter of five dogs, Shamrock, as the Gibsons called the pup, was born last. Veterinarian Elaine McCollum said the newborn’s lighter fur got stained by decayed hemoglobin in the walls of the mother’s placenta. The decay of the placenta wall happens as the puppies near birth and the mother issues a florescent green discharge. McCollum said the other pups probably have a similar color that doesn’t show up in their darker fur.

“It is a pretty spectacular green,” McCollum said.

— From the issue of Dec. 7, 2000

30 years ago

An extensive air and land search ended for two crewmen missing from the tug Red Jacket after the men never returned from a trip to get water on Nov. 28, 1990. Missing was John Slagill of Anchor Point and another crewman. The disappearance seemed peculiar, officials said.

“It does seem strange that someone would go to the beach there for any reason,” said Alaska State Trooper George Gallis of Dutch Harbor. “Nobody goes ashore out there in the winter.”

— From the issue of Dec. 6, 1990

50 years ago

The issue from Nov. 26, 1970, is missing from the Homer News archives.

More in Community

Town Crier

Sandhill cranes will be migrating through any day now. Our local cranes… Continue reading

Anni and Aggi. (Photo courtesy of Homer Animal Shelter)
Pets of the week: Anni and Aggi

What a sweet bonded pair these gals are. It’s hard to believe… Continue reading

David Andress
Duane (Gus) Floyd AndressMay 16, 1943-March 31, 2021

Duane (Gus) Floyd Andress May 16, 1943-March 31, 2021 Longtime Alaskan and… Continue reading

The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting… Continue reading

Gathering ingredients for Thai-inspired curry, an easy one-pan, weeknight meal, on April, 13, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kalifornsky Kitchen: The building blocks of Thai

Curry can be anything you want it to be

Roasting eggplant slices for a versatile meal, photographed on March 10, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kalifornsky Kitchen: Eggplant for every occasion

Eggplants are surprisingly versatile.

A trumpeter swan feeds in Beluga Slough on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. According to local birders, both tundra and trumpeter swans have been seen in the area the past week. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Best Bets

Congratulations, citizen! You have diligently fulfilled your duties as a tax-paying, law-abiding… Continue reading

The Jubilee youth art show opened on Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Arts in brief

April is ‘youth in the arts’ month at HCOA The creativity of… Continue reading

Koby Etzwiler is a two-time Ptarmigan Arts scholarship recipient. His stickers can be found locally, in Juneau and online. (Photo courtesy of Ptarmigan Arts)
Ptarmigan Arts allery, community boost young artists’ dreams

For almost 25 years, Ptarmigan Arts Scholarship has been helping artists’ careers

Most Read