February 9, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 6

Yesterday's News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

February 10, 1982 - Petersburg’s spirit exists in its harbor, and that is where the local Task Group for the Alaska 1984 celebration will focus its energies - lobbying for construction of a new harbor master’s building and a waterfront park area.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
A 300-pound halibut in Petersburg in the 1930’s

The group will present a schematic plan and estimated cost of the project to the state of Alaska ’84 Committee in Anchorage Feb. 18-19.

The group’s top priority project includes construction of a new Harbormaster’s building with public showers and telephones, a view area equipped with seats, and possibly a Chamber of Commerce booth. The proposed building will be located in the same area as the present one.

A waterfront park with covered benches will also be proposed to be established in the area of the new Harbormaster’s building.

February 6, 1992 - Silver Lining Seafoods Co. merged with Lafayette Fisheries. Inc. Jan. 31 to form NorQuest Seafood Inc. in a move that is hoped to bring expansion to the Petersburg division, Alaskan Glacier Seafoods.

“It’s a strategic merger. We didn’t do it for efficiency to lay off people. We did it because we wanted to expand,” John Sund, a Silver Lining partner said.

The Petersburg division is a primary target for expansion. Alaskan Glacier Seafoods is planning to add a freezing facility by summer, move into salmon processing and increase the amount of halibut and black cod handled, said plant manager Dave Ohmer.

The expansion should add 30 to 40 people to the summer staff, Ohmer said.

Expansion was planned for last year, but a poor fishing season prevented it.

February 7, 2002 - Petersburg has gone from fishing community to electrical mining, and who knows, hybrid cars could be on the horizon. Thanks to the signing of the Four Dam Pool deal in Anchorage last Friday, Petersburg is now the proud owner of a recent state-owned hydroelectric facility.

“We’re sitting on a gold mine,” stated Dave Carlson, Divestiture Coordinator of the FDP sale, “There are a lot of exciting things we can do that will not only benefit the Four Dam Pool but also the cities of Petersburg and Wrangell.”

Final approval was okayed this past week in Anchorage for the sale of the four state owned facilities to the communities they serve for $73 million dollars.

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