Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island and villagers from Port Graham saved a Voznesenka fisherman trapped in an overturned fishing boat that had washed up on the Port Graham beach. Coast Guardsmen at first didn’t think anyone had survived, but heard someone tapping from inside the F/V Kavkaz. They mounted a rescue, and by cutting through the fiberglass boat, pulled fisherman Tony Sanarov out alive. His brother, Fred Sanarov, died of hypothermia when the zipper on his survival suit broke.

— From the issue of Feb. 4, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

Homer survived the Omega Block, a high-pressure Arctic system that pumped cold air over Alaska. Homer’s previous record low temperature of minus 17 was shattered when temperatures fell to minus 24 on Jan. 28 and 29. High winds and featherweight snow also caused whiteout conditions. Six accidents involving 19 vehicles were reported of cars crossing Lake Street at the Beluga Slough. In one freezingt, Pib the cat got stuck in a tree when its tail froze to a branch. Owner Jeanette Olson got an extension cord and a hair dryer and freed Pib.

— From the issue of Feb. 2, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

The paper of Feb. 2, 1969, is missing from the archives.