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Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©

A glimpse of road construction in downtown Petersburg in 1936.

February 10, 1982: A new public safety building may be in the offering in the next few years if the hopes of local emergency services workers take seed.

The City Council voted unanimously Feb. 1 to have the city send out requests for proposals for a public safety building which would, if constructed, house the fire department, police department, jail and emergency medical technicians’ office. The building is still in the tentative stages with no source of funding yet determined, although City Planner Rick Braun suggested that the city press for a special appropriation from the state during the next legislative session.

The fire and police departments have registered complaints about either the adequacy or location of the present facilities in the municipal building.

“Our biggest problem is location,” said Fire Chief Norm Fredricksen. The fire trucks now exit directly from the municipal building onto Main Street, causing a traffic hazard according to Fredricksen. Two years ago a fireman was hit by a car on Main Street as he walked around the edge of a fire truck.

The proposed new building would be at the corner of eighth and H Streets.

February 13, 1992: Gordon Jensen was honored at the January International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting for 47 years of service to the fishing industry and conservation of the resource.

Jensen was recognized for “placing the well-being of the stocks ahead of short-term economic gain and personal interest. Even when resources were scarce and pressure to overharvest was intense, his judgment and influence were instrumental in the recovery of many depressed stocks,” according to the plaque presented to him at the meeting.

During almost half of a century of intense involvement in Alaska Fisheries, Jensen has seen the rejuvenation of salmon stocks and the Southeast salmon harvest more than quadrupling. Other changes he has witnessed include the soaring of black cod prices from 1.25 to 2.5 cents a pound in 1936 to $3.00 a pound last year, he said.

February 7, 2002 : A peculiar silence filled the halls at Petersburg High School last week. Silence at a time when, normally, students would be active in their classrooms or the library or the office or their lockers.

“There wasn’t a human being standing in the hallways but me,” stated Petersburg High School principal Dick Montgomery. “I walked all the doors, some I pounded on and some people answered them which they shouldn’t have, and some people didn’t. We need to do some refining, but it was an interesting drill.”

The drill Montgomery spoke of was the Petersburg School District’s Emergency Lockdown Drill.

“Be it a fire in the community or a Tsunami warning or any situation where I need kids in seconds to get to a room for communications purposes, it works real well.”


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