News from 10-20-30 years ago
April 7, 1982 - Before construction even begins on the new small boat harbor, it appears that the $5.25 million currently appropriated for the project may not be enough, according to Bob Beck, harbor design and construction specialist with the Department of Transportation.
At a public meeting held in Petersburg last week, Beck estimated that the first phase of the project, which consists of groundwork, will cost $2.709 million; and the second phase, or the actual construction, will cost $4.126 million.
The plan presented by the DOT personnel was essentially the same plan as was earlier approved by the City Council and will accommodate 244 boats. With the current waiting list for small boat moorage in Petersburg standing in excess of 200, the new harbor will provide space for approximately five to 10 percent over what the city now requires.
April 2, 1992 - Petersburg General Hospital is expected to lose $126,000 in the 1993 fiscal year because hospital use is not increasing with inflation, hospital administrator Gary Grandy said.
Although FY 1993 will be the fourth year the facility has operated in the red, Grandy said the Petersburg hospital is in good shape compared to many rural hospitals which are struggling across the nation to keep their doors open.
“As far as other small rural hospitals go, we’re in very good condition,” Grandy said.
April 4, 2002 - NorQuest’s Vice President of Operations, John Sund, has confirmed that Mitkof cannery will not be operating this summer.
“The local price market value for canned pinks are at record lows for the year,” he explained. “So, we’ve made arrangements to have our Ketchikan plant and our Excursion Inlet plant” process most of the fish, said Sund.
“The plant won’t run, but the crew that was there last year-we’ve combined a lot of the people with the regular plant downtown,” he added.