Years Ago in Homer

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Several suspicious fires had city fire officials concerned, especially as the danger of wildfire was relatively high, said Homer Fire Chief Robert Purcell. Firefighters responded to an abandoned house deliberately set on fire, a blaze that took four hours to put out, on June 17, 1996. The newly cleared subdivisions on Skyline Drive were also a frequent target of vandals.

– From the issue of June 20, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

Twenty-seven-year-old Homer resident Dan Jerrel Jr. was convicted of spraying crimson graffiti across the downtown mural on the wall in front of Proctor’s Market, now NOMAR. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 50 suspended and ordered to pay the city $819 in restitution — half the city’s cost of restoring the mural. The accomplice, Andrew Slayden, 22, and Jerrel both turned state’s evidence in the vandalism prosecution case, but also faced a civil court suit for $26,600 in damages.

– From the issue of June 19, 1986

50 years ago in the Homer News:

An estimate of a total run of less than 17 million fish dashed the expectations for the Bristol Bay fishery. Some figures suggest the run could be as low as nine million. Before the Department of Fish and Game released its new prediction figures, many hoped for a run of red salmon with 24-34 million fish. Data for the forecast was based on information of Japanese high seas catches reported in the Japanese press.

– From the issue of June 23, 1966