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May 5, 1982 - Many of the 61 nurses attending the Alaska Nurses Association convention held in Petersburg April 29-May 1 said it was one of the best conventions they had ever attended.

During the three day meeting, Petersburg gained a representative on the association’s board of directors. Maxine Worhatch, a registered nurse at Petersburg General Hospital and a co-organizer of the convention, was appointed secretary of the board.

Florence Bell of Petersburg was also honored at the convention for her service as a public health nurse at Kake. She was awarded a lifetime membership in the Alaska Nurses Association and was commended for having delivered more than 100 babies during her years at Kake.

“Nurses Reach Out” was the theme of the convention which was attended by nurses from around the state. Sessions were held in the ANB Hall with emphasis placed on self-improvement in both personal and professional lives.

May 7, 1992 - Petersburg Charter Boat Association is one of the eight Southeast groups filing a suit against the state because of new limitations on king salmon sport fishing.

The charter and sport fishing groups planned to file a suit Thursday in Juneau against the state Board of Fisheries, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and ADF&G Commissioner Carl Rosier. The organizations are requesting relief from new limitations announced last week on the catching of Southeast Chinook, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney James Blair Fairbanks.

Fish and Game announced last Thursday that sport fishermen would be limited each day to catching one, instead of two, king salmon in Southeast and the Yakutat area.

April 25, 2002 - Last week at Petersburg High School, seven students were suspended after admitting to using marijuana and then attending school. The students were in two groups; “some chose to get in their car and drive, some chose to go a little ways from school-not very far from campus” in order to smoke, said principal Dick Montgomery.

The students will be suspended and required to undergo counseling. “I really felt that the heavy-duty suspensions that I gave out went with board policy and practice,” said Montgomery.

Police Chief Dale Stone said the police department had been in contact with the high school regarding the incident. “We were advised of a concern by the school for the problem up there. There was sharing of information,” he said.

Montgomery held an assembly with students in order to dispel rumors surrounding the incident, one of which was that students were undergoing drug testing in his office. Because students admitted to drug use, he said, “It wasn’t necessary to send them off with a police officer or send them off to Changing Tides for a controlled substance screening, so that rumor needed to be put to rest, because that doesn’t happen and never will happen. I won’t put the school at that kind of risk.”


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