Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

A new microwave transmitter made it possible for Halibut Cove residents to make phone calls to Homer without racking up long-distance charges. People in the cove had been fighting for years to get local service, and it took a complaint with the Alaska Public Utilities Commission to get PTI Communications and ATT Alascom to make it happen. However, it’s still a long-distance call for Homer residents to call Halibut Cove. Marian Beck, owner of The Saltry, said she had $400-a-month phone bills with the old service.

— From the issue of March 11, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

Mountain Alaska Energy President Lester Sitter said the company needs a guaranteed Homer city-wide assessment for a distribution system to get bank financing to bring natural gas to Homer. The project was estimated to cost $1 million. City Manager Phil Shealy said Mountain Energy may have a hard time convincing the Homer City Council to form a local improvement district.

— From the issue of March 9, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

The Homer Technical Action Panel and state and federal officials toured the mill and logging operation of South CentralTimber Development Company in Jakolof and Rocky Bay. The group visited to study the timber development potential on the Kenai Peninsula. Bill Satcheck, the Alaska State Forester, discussed timber sale plans, saying Shuyak timber might be offered for sale in the summer of 1969.

— From the issue of March 13, 1969