Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

“Warrior princess” Tela O’Donnell, a Homer High School sophomore, sought a national wrestling title when she headed to the United States Girl’s Wrestling Association National Championships in March. O’Donnell trained for the national meet in Soldotna wiht Melina Hutchinson, the first girl to wrestle in the Alaska high school state championships. Wrestling has grown in popularity among high school girls, with some even talking about making it an Olympic sport. O’Donnell said she wasn’t wrestling to advance women’s rights.

“I’m not trying to make a statement or anything,” she said. “I just think it’s fun to wrestle.”

— From the issue of Feb. 11, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

Homer is off the list for potential U.S. Navy home ports. The Navy had considered Homer and other cities as possible ports for a pair of frigates that might come to Alaska. It narrowed the list from 11 to two: Kodiak and Seward. For those cities to become a home port, though, the state of Alaska would have to fund shoreside facilities — about $133 million worth in Kodiak and $77 million in Seward. The Kodiak city manager said he thought Kodiak had a strategic advantage because it’s closer to the Gulf of Alaska.

— From the issue of Feb. 9, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

The paper of Feb. 9, 1969, is missing from the archives.