Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

Thigh-deep snow on the Homer High School track forced the Mariners to practice hurdles in the hallways. The soggy soccer fields also pushed athletes to practice in the gym.

Homer’s first five soccer games were all at home, with the first starting April 22. The track team was to hold the Homer Invitational on May 8.

“Pray for sun, or actually, rain,” said track coach Alan Olson.

— From the issue of April 8, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

Oil from the Exxon Valdez spill escaped Prince William Sound and hovered off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. As northwest winds held the oil slick 2 to 20 miles offshore, workers scrambled to boom off key salmon streams and lagoons on the outer coast. Booms were being deployed in coves in Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay, Nuka Bay and Port Dick.

“I think we’ve got to take it into our hands to take care of the hatchery and take care of streams you really value,” Homer fisherman Rick Corazza told 175 grim fishermen at a meeting at Seward Fisheries.

— From the issue of April 6, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

The April 10, 1969, issue is missing from the Homer News archives.