Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

The Homer City Council voted to accept a state deal turning over ownership of the state-owned part of the Homer Harbor float system in exchange for $3.6 million to make repairs to those floats. The city would take control of A, E, F, G, H and J floats as well as the gangway to Ramp 3 and the wood grid. Repairs were to be completed by Oct. 1, 2001.

— From the issue of April 22, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

The response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill ramped up on the lower Kenai Peninsula — but not without frustration. Exxon and contractor VECO hired crews in Nanwalek and Port Graham to build log booms. In Homer, boom builders walked off the job because of VECO supervisors making design changes workers said crippled the booms’ effectiveness.

Meanwhile, oiled birds and otters started washing up on the tip of the peninsula as Homer’s wildlife recovery effort got underway with a cleaning center set up behind Homer High School.

— From the issue of April 20, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

The April 22, 1969, issue is missing from the Homer News archives.