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Articles from the May 2, 2013 edition

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 By Shelly Pope    About Town    May 2, 2013

AMHS Celebrates 50 years in Southeast

The Alaska Marine Highway System will celebrate with towns all along the Southeast for the 50 year anniversary of service to this area. The Motor Vessel Malaspina made its inaugural trip to Petersburg at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 1963 and Friday, the... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    May 2, 2013

Swihart named new Police Chief

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved the recommendation of Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht and unanimously voted to hire Kelly Swihart for the Petersburg Police Chief position during a special... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    May 2, 2013

Cunningham found guilty in 10 of 11 counrs

Seven months after the incident, Jace H. Cunningham found himself before a Petersburg jury for four days of testimony. Cunningham was charged with six counts of third degree assault with cause to fear injury with a weapon, one count of driving under... Full story

 About Town    May 2, 2013

A cultural canoe experience

On Tuesday afternoon a group of over 40 paddlers from Juneau, Yakutat, Sitka and Kake arrived for an overnight stay in Petersburg, after battling several days of high seas and rough weather. They...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

First Ferry Delivery Now Nov. 15; Terminal Bids Rejected as Over Estimate

July 13, 1962, Petersburg Press JUNEAU (Special) – The state has rejected all bids for the construction of ferry terminal facilities at Petersburg, Wrangell, and Sitka, Robert E. Sharp, acting commissioner of the state department of highways...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

State Ferry Starts regular Run Today

Feb. 1, 1963, Petersburg Press The state ferry Malaspina was scheduled to leave Prince Rupert at 11:30 this morning on the first regular run thru SE Alaska. It will be in Petersburg northbound at...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

500 Writers May Be Here April 28 On Ferry Inaugural

March 22, 1963, Petersburg Press Governor William A. Egan has announced the formal inaugural voyage of the M-V Malaspina, marking the start of service over the Southeastern Alaska marine highway system, will be held April 27 to May 2. The vessel...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Ferry Trials Underway; No Sailing Date Yet

Jan. 11, 1963, Petersburg Press SEATTLE (AP) – The M-V Malaspina, queen and first of Alaska’s three new ferries, moved into Puget Sound today in another of a series of tests. The Malaspina put out shortly before 8 a.m. with an Alaskan delegation...

 By Ron Loesch    About Town    May 2, 2013

The 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway System

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway System, we present these pages with news reports from the archives of the Petersburg Press in 1962 and 1963. The historic timeline information was provided by the AMHS. The arrival...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

State Ferry Malaspina Will Make First Call Here Next Wednesday

Jan. 18, 1963, Petersburg Press Alaska's first new state ferry, the MV Malaspina, will arrive in Petersburg next Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock with Captain Rueben Jacobsen on the bridge and Alaska's Governer Wm. Egan heading the passenger list....

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Malaspina Undergoing Repairs; Due Back Tuesday

Jan. 25, 1963, Petersburg Press The Alaska State Ferry Malaspina is undergoing engine repairs in Juneau but is still expected to be back on schedule and in Petersburg again next Tuesday, the Press learned today from Juneau. The Malaspina went through...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Petersburg Men Help Man Ferry

Feb. 1, 1963, Petersburg Press Petersburg Press photographer, Dr. R. C. Smith, was among the many Petersburg residents meeting the new state ferry Malaspina when it docked in Petersburg the first time...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Historical Timeline

1959 Alaska becomes the 49th state and M/V Chilkat becomes the first state owned ferry 1963 The Alaska Marine highway System is founded, providing many roadless communities with a way to “driove” from one town to the next. M/V Matanuska, M/V...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Taku Rock Removed from channel in Narrows

June 14, 1963, Petersburg Press Taku rock was removed from the navigation channel in Wrangell Narrows late yesterday afternoon on the high tide, according to A. J. Trones, local contractor. Work was completed by 8 p.m. last night. The rock was named...

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Before and After at Petersburg Terminal

September 13, 1963, Petersburg Press Here are the photos of the Petersburg ferry terminal before and after the ferry Taku landed Saturday, August 17. The before photo on the right was taken by Dr. R....

 About Town    May 2, 2013

Yesterday's News

May 3, 1913 – Sockeye Island Deserted: Some five or six miles from this town, on the North, is what is called Sockeye Island. For several years past this island has been ocupied under lease from the government for fox breeding purposes. Fox breedin...

 Opinion    May 2, 2013

To the Editor

Thank you To the Editor: It's 4 am on Tuesday morning and like the past three mornings that my wife and I have been in Petersburg, I find myself wide have to love jet lag. As long as I'm awake, I wanted to take this opportunity to...

 Police Reports    May 2, 2013

Police reports

April 24 Kristinn Thorsteinson, 17, was issued a citation for speeding 63 mile per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone at 6.5 mile Mitkof Highway. Two people refused to leave bar after being disruptive with other patrons. April 26 Orange construction...

 By Greg Knight and Shelly Pope    News    May 2, 2013

Southland fired, Nicholls hired by TBPA

The Thomas Bay Power Authority Commission met in a special meeting last Friday to discuss another counter offer by Mick Nicholls to the commission for the position of TBPA General Manager. Nicholls,...

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    May 2, 2013

Litster named Alaska Wildlife Trooper of the Year

Alaska Wildlife Trooper, Cody Litster was recently awarded Alaska Wildlife Trooper of the Year and “A” Detachment Trooper of the Year at a ceremony in Anchorage. Out of 71 wildlife troopers in...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 2, 2013

Alaska's largest fishery gets underway in winter

Fishing industry stakeholders and federal managers in June will begin crafting a bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf. It will include some form of catch share plan, and as the main delivery port for more than $100...

 By Greg Knight    News    May 2, 2013

Sea otter population more than doubled in ten years

The sea otter population in Southeast has more than doubled over the last decade. Those are the findings of an estimate conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which are accepting 90 days of public comment on its revised stock assessment...

 Dockside    May 2, 2013

Grouse and ptarmigan wing and tail samples wanted

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Small Game Program is asking upland bird hunters to submit one wing and the tail of each grouse and ptarmigan they harvest in Southeast Alaska this spring. Samples can be placed in wing envelopes available...


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