20 years ago in the Homer News:

Results from the 1996 Homer Christmas bird count showed a decline in songbird numbers that parallels a nationwide trend. Bird count coordinator Dave Erikson said there has been a noticeable songbird population decrease over the past few years. Longtime bird enthusiast Margaret Anderson said she used to see flocks of 20 to 30 sparrows at her feeder and now sees none.

– From the issue of Jan. 2, 1997

30 years ago in the Homer News:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposed a moose hunting change in area 15-C, the lower Kenai Peninsula south of Tustumena Lake, that would address a falling bull-cow ratio. Ratios had fallen to two bulls per cow after the 1985 hunting season. The proposed change would target younger bulls with spiked or forked antlers or older bulls with antler spreads of 50 inches, leaving a healthy population of middle-aged bulls to breed.

– From the issue of Jan. 1, 1987

50 years ago in the Homer News:

As Alaska entered its Centennial Year, inaugural events started in Juneau and continued thorugh Statehood Day, Jan. 3, with the opening of an arts exhibit. Halibut Cove artist Diana Tillion will be the host of the exhibit that will travel in a specially built trailer throughout the state. Cultural offerings of music, drama, poetry and literature have been scheduled around the state.

– From the issue of Jan. 5, 1967

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