Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

Homer High School ski coach Mickey Todd got a buzz cut after the Mariner girls won the Region III title. The year before, Todd told the girls they could cut off his long curly hair if they beat their competition, Skyview High School. Sophomore Ida Martin and freshman Syverine Abrahamson helped the team take first place from Skyview, who had won the regional title every year since 1992.

— From the issue of Feb. 25, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

At a state budget meeting, a majority of the people attending said they would support reinstituting a state income tax and revising the oil and gas royalty structure to bring in more money. Citizens also said they supported cutting government, starting in areas that don’t tax themselves, but couldn’t agree on tapping the Permanent Fund reserve account. The meeting was held to explore ideas on the state budget crunch, with the state expected to face an annual shortfall of $860 million over the next five years.

— From the issue of Feb. 23, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

A notice of a special election to expand the South Peninsula Hospital service area was sent to voters in Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Fritz Creek, Halibut Cove and Homer. An up to 1-mill tax would pay for hospital improvements to include an emergency room, X-ray room and equipment, an operating room, six more beds, storage space and officesat a cost of between $125,000 and $150,000. Homer residents have been paying about 3 mills, but 70 percent of patients do not live in the city.

— From the issue of Feb. 27, 1969