April 19, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 16

Yesterday’s News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

April 7, 1982 - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported that 4,260 tons of herring were harvested from the waters of Sitka Sound adjacent to Halibut Point Road during the March 30 fishery which lasted from noon to 6:10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
Mainstreet in Petersburg in the 1930s.

Although Petersburg fisheries was not disclosing the poundage of roe herring it is handling from the Sitka fishery, area manager Rick Dutton reports that “we did fine.”

A harvest guideline of approximately 3,000 tons of herring was established for the 1982 fishery. This harvest guideline was based on a conservative 10 percent exploitation rate of the observed 1981 spawning population of 60 million pound of herring. The actual harvest this spring represents 14 percent of this estimated biomass. The difference between the actual catch and the established guideline harvest level resulted from the unexpected good catch that occurred immediately prior to the closure of the fishery.

April 16, 1992 - Petersburg residents in the last few months have had to get used to dialing “772” before calling all local telephone numbers—all, that is except one.

Anyone calling for emergency help should simply dial “911.”

April 18, 2002 - The MV LeConte usually receives little respect when compared to its bigger brethren, but no one expected the greeting, or rather, lack of one this past Wednesday in Little Norway.

Usually arriving at terminals around Southeast with little fanfare and regality, the “little ferry that could” arrived at Petersburg’s Alaska Marine Highway terminal greeted only by a stiff breeze and the watchful eyes of a gull or two.

“It was just a minor inconvenience,” stated Alaska Marine Highways Operations Manager Jack Meyers. “The Petersburg terminal had posted Wednesday’s schedule on Thursday. The LeConte arrived and their crew tied themselves up at the terminal.”

Terminal staff arrived shortly after the lines were secured. Passengers disembarking and loading were only temporarily affected.

The M/V LeConte crew is used to the procedure as they still tie themselves up when docking in Kake.

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