Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

The Kachemak City Council voted down a grant proposal to support a social services facility to be run by Share the Spirit at the old Sports N Wear building near Mile 3 East End Road. Share the Spirit applied for a $200,000 matching federal grant to build the Empowerment Center, where disadvantaged Homer residents could get discounted meals, second-hand goods and job training. Under the grant application, Kachemak City would be a co-applicant, but the council declined to sign on. Kachemak City Mayor Neil McArthur said the idea had merit but it still needed work.

— From the issue of Nov. 26, 1998

30 years ago in the Homer News

The Anchor Point Fire Department officially opened its new fire hall on Anchor Point Avenue (now Milo Fritz Avenue). At the celebration, firefighters demonstrated putting out a fire in a Pinto station wagon and emergency medical technicians gave a quick course in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. In 1984, voters approved creating the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Service Area, and got state grants for new equipment and the new building.

“This is great,” said Fire Chief Bob Craig of the new facility.

— From the issue of Nov. 23, 1988

50 years ago in the Homer News

Ralph Darbyshire of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission told the Homer Planning Commission that the borough was preparing a Comprehensive Plan for the entire peninsula. Now would be the time for the Homer Planning Commission to write its own Comprehensive Plan, he said.

“It is reasonable to assume that a better plan for the future development of the community could be worked out by citizens who have lived in the area for a good many years rather than by strangers who would not be familiar with Homer’s particular problems,” the Homer News wrote.

— From the issue of Nov. 28, 1968