Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

South Peninsula Hospital got a $500,000 computed tomography, or CT, scanner. The machine can render images of the body’s interior in slices as thin as 1 mm. The CT replaced an axial scanner.

“If that was a ‘66 Volkswagen, this is a ‘98 Porsche,” said Timo Saarinean, a hospital radiation technologist.

— From the issue of Dec. 17, 1998

30 years ago in the Homer News

Two Russian Old Believer students from Nikolaevsk filed a complaint with the Alaska Human Rights Commission alleging ethnic discrimination against McDonald’s. The boys said workers refused to give them ketchup because they were Russians. The franchise owner said he told workers to stop giving Russian teenagers ketchup because he was tired of Russian youth stomping on ketchup packets and exploding them.

“We want a public apology. That’s all,” said one of the boys.

— From the issue of Dec. 15, 1988

50 years ago in the Homer News

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 2 a.m. Dec. 17. No loss of life or injuries were reported, but it did knock out power in Kenai for about an hour. Homer stores reported a few items fell off shelves. The quake hit 40 miles northwest of Homer at a depth of 50 miles.

— From the issue of Dec. 19, 1968