Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

Following an outbreak of measles in Alaska, students will be required to show proof of a second measles innoculation. First detected three weeks ago, 18 cases have been confirmed and another 33 statewide. Measles has been seen in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Kenai, and the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Bethel areas. No cases have yet been seen in the Homer area.

— From the issue of Oct. 8, 1998

30 years ago in the Homer News

Homer Police arrested and charged Eugene “Gene” Tagala, 45, in the murder of Dan Stailey, 24, in the Bayside Lounge parking lot on Pioneer Avenue. Police said Tagala told them he shot Stailey three times after a discussion regarding drug sales. Witnesses inside the bar said they didn’t hear gunshots, but knew something was wrong when Stailey came into the bar gasping and then fell to the floor.

“It was terrifying,” said bartender Denise Rossi. “I’ve been bartending 11 years and had a gun to my head once, but never anything like this.”

— From the issue of Oct. , 1988

50 years ago in the Homer News

The Oct. 10, 1968, issue of the Homer News is missing from the archives.

— From the issue of Oct. 10, 1968