January 19, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 3

Yesterday's News

January 20, 1982 - Local educators, counselors and members of the Petersburg Police Department believe there are several parents concerned about present or future drug use among their children. To meet the needs of these parents, Families in Action is being formed.

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The group, modeled after another family-oriented group in Ketchikan, will focus on prevention and distribution of accurate information, according to Chief of Police Bob Oszman.

The program will not only be directed toward parents whose children are already involved with drugs, but also, in fact especially toward parents who are concerned about preventing a problem before it begins.

January 16, 1992 - The Petersburg City Council decided last Thursday night to move ahead with the water reservoir expansion project this year, but to wait until July to begin construction.

The council found out in December that engineering consultants had underestimated the cost of the expansion and that the city was short $1.3 million. But the council decided to move ahead with the project because of local canneries’ need for water.

Expansion of the dam was originally deemed the first priority because the city needs to have the water before it is able to treat it, water superintendent Bruce Jones said.

Whether the city will have enough water for the 1992 fishing season is uncertain. The unusually scant amount of snow this winter could cause problems for this summer’s water supply.

“Snowmobilers tell me there’s about a foot of snow on top of the mountain. We usually like to see ten feet up there,” water Superintendent Bruce Jones said.

“If it dries up like it did in ’87, and we get a lot of fish this year, we’re going to be hurting,” he said.

January 17, 2002 - Although Osama bin Laden is still at large, the parking cones and markers have been taken down at the James Johnson airport in Petersburg.

“We have a waiver for just the parking only in front of the terminal,” stated DOT station foreman and airport manager Jerry Kvernvik. “That waiver says that it is back to the way it was before 9/11. But it is only a waiver, if someone runs into a building again they could come right back up.”

The waiver comes from the FAA and is the only major security change at this time. In addition to Petersburg, the waiver applies to the smaller Alaska Airlines terminals in Gustavus, Sitka, Wrangell, and Yakutat as well.

“Parking up there was becoming an issue with some people,” stated police Chief Dale Stone. “This is just a reclassification of the security up there.”

The police department will keep its presence at the airport for now.

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