Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

A legal dispute over grandfather rights has led to proposed changes in the city zoning code. The Homer City Council ruled that Bob Stewart’s Pioneer Avenue auto-repair shop and gas station lost nonconforming use rights when it quit being run for more than 13 months. Stewart is appealing. The city attorney proposed clearer nonconforming use definitions.

— From the issue of July 6, 1997

30 years ago in the Homer News

Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge manager John Martin floated an idea past the Homer Chamber of Commerce: make Homer not only the home port of its $5 million research vessel Tiglax, but the site of a world-class refuge visitor center. The Tiglax arrived in Homer last week. Tourist see visitor centers in Tok and Denali.

“You drive to the end of the highway, then nothing,” Martin said. “What better place to put a marine-oriented visitors center?”

— From the issue of July 2, 1987

50 years ago in the Homer News

Homer News “girl Friday” Melinda Ellis is leaving the paper for Napa, Calif., to visit her father and friends and start school in the fall. The daughter of Edna Miller, she was a 1967 Homer High graduate. Replacing her is Patty Pate, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Pate.

— From the issue of July 6, 1967