Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Despite objections from many lower Kenai Penisula residents, the controversial onshore tracts just north of Homer remained a part of a proposed Cook Inlet state oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December. Most of the tracts are offshore in Cook Inlet, but some 192,000 acres are located on the lower peninsula north of Homer. Opponents said they hoped Gov. Tony Knowles would pull the onshore tracts from the sale.

– From the issue of Sept. 26, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Lasse Holmes, Karen Berger and Steve McCasland opened the doors to Homer Brewing Co. in the former Manley Terminal building on Ocean Drive on Sept. 21. It sold two beers: Old Inlet Pale Ale and Broken Birch Bitter. Holmes and former resident Lawrence Livingston created the Q and Q Brewers Guild in the Old Inlet Trading Post’s basement, where the idea of Homer’s first brewery was born. Holmes, Berger and McCasland pooled their finances for the new venture.

– From the issue of Sept. 19, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:

Library unveils surprises at 10th birthday celebration

The Homer Public Library unveiled two new additions — one small in size and the other quite large — during the 10th birthday celebration of the current library building on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Guests walking into the library to attend the event were greeted by the new Friends of the Homer Public Library bookmobile, which was open so the public could see the shelves of books inside. Once inside, a rectangle wrapped in orange paper caught the eye before FHPL Vice President Sue Mauger and former board member Cleo Webb unveiled the painting of the library.

Homer teen gets Dall Ram on family hunt

The first time 13-year-old McKenzy Johnson took a shot at the Dall ram she missed.

Though McKenzy, her father Doug Johnson, and a family friend stood 250 feet from the ram, the distance forced her to shoot from a steep 30-degree angle. The ram, busy head-butting rocks to show his dominance, was making his way down the mountain unaware of the hunters below.

“I had an adrenaline rush and started shaking,” McKenzy said.

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.

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

A Minnesota angler won the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 379-pound halibut. Jerry Meinders was visiting his son stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks and had never been halibut fishing before. On his fourth day of fishing, he reeled in the fish that ended up winning about $25,000.

— From the issue of Sept. 5, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News

Get ready for ocean-focused fest Sept. 8-11

The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society and Alaska Marine Conservation Council are teaming up to offer Homer one big maritime festival next weekend, Sept. 8-11.

By combining the 24th annual Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival with the second annual Halibut Fest, the two organizations avoid hosting overlapping festivals placed closely together on the calendar, said AMCC Community Fisheries Organizer Hannah Heimbuch.

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Following the crash of TWA Flight 800 the previous week off the coast of New York, the Era Airlines, which flew out of the Homer Airport, bumped up security regulations to strictly enforce checking passengers’ identification cards before boarding. Although the policy has been in effect, it has not always been enforced, said Joe Sprague, director of marketing of Era Airlines. Passengers may also be asked questions about baggage and ownership of luggage, he said.

– From the issue of Aug. 15, 1996

20 years ago in the Homer News:

Biologists with Fish and Game charted a helicopter to conduct an aerial survey of several creeks and rivers on the Lower Kenai Peninsula, including Anchor River and Deep Creek. The group observed scarely inhabited rivers and streams, an unexpected find which left them looking for answers. “I don’t know what’s going on,” said Dave Athons, fisheries biolist with the Soldotna office of Fish and Game. “Frankly I’m a little perplexed as to why more fish weren’t seen.”


– From the issue of Aug. 8, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News:


Library celebrates Homer readers

A record number of people – a total of 423 kids, teens and adults – took on the Homer Public Library’s summer reading challenge, which received an upgrade due to a new program.

The 10-week challenge is meant to keep kids engaged in learning during the summer months, said Claudia Haines, Homer Public library’s use services librarian.

10th annual Gardeners Weekend

July 30-31


$10 for Saturday talks

$15 for garden tours and reception

Tickets at the Homer Bookstore

Free to gardeners age 80 and older


4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Kachemak Bay Campus: The Well Designed Mixed Garden, talk by Tracy Disabato-Aust

5:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30, Kachemak Bay Campus: The Art of Pruning Perennials, talk by Tracy Disabato-Aust

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, July 31: Self-guided tours of five Homer area gardens

5 p.m., Sunday, July 31: Reception and music at Bear Creek Winery

Alaska style traffic jam - and show

A bull moose causes a traffic jam on FAA Drive — the road to the airport — about 3:40 p.m. last Thursday, July 7, before making it safely across the road. Peter MacDonald of Medford, Mass., took these photos from his motorhome. A captain with the Medford Fire Department, MacDonald works overtime and trades leave with other firefighters so he can take an extended vacation to Alaska. He’s visited Alaska 14 times. “I’ve got the Alaska bug, bad,” he said.

Years ago in the Homer News

20 years ago in the Homer News

Lack of support for the Homer branch of the Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse kept Homer from starting the Youth Early Intervention Program designed to catch youths when they are in the experimental stages of substance abuse. The program could not get started in Homer as a recent staffing shortage made it impossible to run the adolescent intervention program.

— From the issue of July 11, 1996

30 years ago in the Homer News

Homer college students rediscover home

Many Homer students have gone on to varying types of post-secondary education, often in different cities and states, where they grow and are changed by their new surroundings and the people they meet. For most of these students, they are drawn back to Homer by the triple zero in their bank account. Here, where the job market booms during the summer season, former Homer students are bound to find work well worth their time in an effort to hold off a few college loans.


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