Years Ago

20 years ago

Five teenagers organized and were to soon open a new teen center on Lake Street in a space they called The Inside Corner, Liz Reidel, Nathaniel Brooks, Jennifer and Carolyn Norton, and Toni Jabas started a group they called Hype, for “Homer Youth for Productive Energy.” The group decided the center should be for teens and run by teens, and so asked youth what they wanted. They also got an $8,000 grant to start the center and rent space in the Point of View Mall. The Inside Corner will have a dance floor, snack bar, TV, an Internet station and a pool table.

Riedel said the whole idea of the center is to offer teens something to do in Homer.

“There is a problem in Homer with kids getting in trouble,” he said. “The center is about offering an alternative.”

— From the issue of Sept. 30, 1999

30 years ago

By a narrow margin, Homer voters approved a ballot proposition making Homer Alaska’s first Nuclear Free Zone. Tuesday’s vote capped a year-long effort by organizers of the Nuclear Free Homer Project and Alaskans for Peace. The proposition bans storage or dumping of radioactive material, and prohibits the design, production, deployment, launching, maintenance or storage of nuclear weapons within city limits. It does not affect nuclear materials used in medicine.

— From the issue of Oct. 3, 1989

50 years ago

Scientists from the University of Colorado started research on the tsunami warning system in Alaska. They were to conduct public opinion surveys in Homer, Kodiak, Seward and Sitka to assess the impact of previous warnings and get suggestions on how to improve the warning system. Lead researcher Eugene Haas previously headed a team who studied the human problems resulting from the Good Friday Earthquake..

— From the issue of Oct. 2, 1969