Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Homer Police Chief Dennis Oakland ended up in pursuit of a car thief when he was called to handle a disturbance at Smoky Bay Natural Food on Bartlett Street. An employee called about 8 a.m. to report that Richard Phelan caused problems and refused to leave the store. Oakland took Phelan to the Community Mental Health Center instead of arresting him, but while Oakland spoke with a center employee, Phelan slipped out and drove off in an employee’s 1987 Honda. The keys were on the dashboard. Phelan was arrested after a car chase ended in a blockade.

– From the issue of Sept. 12, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

For the first time in 36 years, customers of the Sterling Cafe were greeted by a lock on the door. Homer’s most famous coffee shop shut down after a failed business takeover. Sterling Cafe regulars were shocked, including Brother Asaiah, who called it “a cosmic disaster.”

– From the issue of Sept. 11, 1986

50 years ago in the Homer News:

The city council decided to instruct Officer Cramer to enforce the curfew law restricting minors under the age of 18 to be off the streets or in public places after 11 p.m. and before 6 a.m. Minors who appear in public during the curfew hours, with the exception of Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, must be with a parent or guardian. The curfew could be suspended for special events. Minors also could get permits for work.

– From the issue of Sept. 15, 1966