Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

The Homer High School class of 1997 made its mark in their choice of a unique cap-and-gown color scheme: rainbow colors. Graduating seniors could choose any color, and they appeared in gowns of red, green, blue, purple and white. The “rainbow class,” commencement speaker and assistant principal Bob Macaulay called them. After 22 years, he retired and turned in the keys to the building. He said he also left with some keys in his pocket, just as they should — the five keys to success: confidence, values, community outreach, teaching and responsibility.

— From the issue of May 22, 1997

30 years ago in the Homer News

The state said it won’t be building a new ferry dock in Homer for at least six years, saying the city had asked for more extras than the state could afford, like making the dock strong enough to handle freight. The state had $10 million in its budget for capital improvements, less than the $13 million project cost of the Homer ferry dock. The proposed dock site was at the end of the harbor breakwater.

— From the issue of May 21, 1987

50 years ago in the Homer News

A Homer High School teacher, Kenneth Cash, had to be rescued by the Air Rescue Squadron from Anchorage when he fell down a bluff at McNeil Canyon on Saturday, May 20. Cash had been hunting with his friend, Otto Kilcher, when he lost his footing and fell and rolled about 150 feet. He had a back injury, cuts and bruises and had to be taken to an Anchorage hospital. Friends said he would be back the next week.

— From the issue of May 25, 1967