February 2, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 5

Yesterday's News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

February 3, 1982 - Petersburg should have a new shooting range by fall if plans by the city and the Petersburg Rod and Gun Club run on schedule.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
A view of Petersburg’s school building in the 1920’s.

Using funds supplied by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, a basic range used by the Rod and Gun Club and located at mile 13 of Mitkof Highway will be upgraded and opened to the public. Plans call for the addition of an open shed equipped with benches to shoot from in adverse weather, a warming shed, bathroom facilities and two concrete trap shooting houses according to Kenneth Herrick, president of the Rod and Gun Club.

January 30, 1992 - The community is placing a new emphasis on the need to stop young people from drinking and using other drugs, a recent survey by the Petersburg Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse showed.

“People are becoming more aware that youth in the community need early intervention,” said PCOA director Dick Hindman.

Forty-two percent of the survey’s respondents listed youth as the number one group that needs special attention for alcohol and other drug use.

PCOA conducts a similar survey every year to evaluate community needs.

But a new focus on children and teenagers drinking and using drugs was the biggest change in responses this year, Hindman said.

January 31, 2002 - The flame which High School teacher Jack Eddy was about to hold in his Olympic Relay Torch had traveled quite a distance, from the Olympic cauldron on Mount Olympus, Greece through 90 cities in the United States in 65 days. Now the torch he carried will be forever in Eddy’s hands and Alaskan history.

“I can’t describe it,” stated Eddy of the feeling which overcame him as he help the Olympic torch. “It was awesome, it was really an emotional time. Another highlight for me was that all my family was there. All my grandkids. Some tears were shed.”

Eddy was also impressed when he went to position himself for his start of the run. It was at Glacier Valley School and the kids had decorated the school in the Olympic torch theme and were cheering loudly.

Fellow torch bearer Sabrina Richmond, a Petersburg High School graduate and current UAS student, described her feeling of that day.

“Wonderful,” gushed Richmond. “I liked it all. It was fantastic to see Jack again also. It was so neat. Everyone was cheering.”

“It almost killed me I was so excited,” said Richmond. “Oooooh yeah!”

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