Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

Homer looked to benefit from a blessing of federal funds for several projects. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the area could get $2.76 million for design and construction of a new Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge visitor center, $500,000 in planning and design for a new ferry dock, and $3.9 million to upgrade and pave East End Road from McNeil Canyon Elementary School to mile 22.

— From the issue of July 23, 1998

30 years ago in the Homer News

Twelve years after setting off on a worldwide sailing adventure, Randi Somers, 52, returned home to Homer. after sailing around the world, including six years chartering her sailboat, the Rodonis, off Molokai, Hawaii. Somers made the crossing from Hawaii to Homer with a five-person crew. “This is really home. This is where I belong,” she said.

— From the issue of July 21, 1988

50 years ago in the Homer News

Five Russian Old Believer families remained camped out on the North Fork Road, but the new 1.5-mile road to their village site was completed. The settlers increased their population by one with the birth of Marina Kalugin. The families had been cooking on a coal range and looked to buy more stoves for the winter.

— From the issue of July 25, 1968