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Yesterday’s News

News from 10-20-30 years ago


Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©

Faces from the past gather for a photo taken by M.C. Allen in 1938.

May 12, 1982 - A 41-2 strike vote by International Longshoreman’s Warehouse Union cold storage workers at Petersburg Fisheries Friday night was brought about mainly because of workers’ concerns that their overtime hours will be cut back, and because, under proposals made by the PFI negotiating team, workers would have to put in almost three times as many hours before they would be eligible for top wage, according to ILWU Local 85 President Cathy Montgomery.

At Whitney-Fidalgo, ILWU cold storage workers voted 12-0 to cancel the current extension of their contract. Negotiators representing both companies have sent notification to the management of PFI and Whitney-Fidalgo that workers will strike if negotiations are not resumed in good faith by May 17.

May 14, 1992 - An upwelling of public opposition caused the state to withdraw its proposal to use the herbicide Rodeo to control brush and grass along Mitkof Highway and the airport runway.

More than 35 Rodeo opponents showed up for the hearing which the state held on the issue last Wednesday, in Petersburg.

The last hearing was held in Juneau Thursday night. DOT’s Southeast regional director Scribner met early the next morning with DOT’s Joe Pape, who attended the hearings. Shortly before 7:00 a.m., Scribner decided to withdraw DOT’s request to the Department of Environmental Conservation for a permit to use rodeo in Southeast.

May 9, 2000 - A rash of local fires exacerbated by dry weather has worried residents and caused fire and Forest Service officials to consider placing more strict burn regulations. Dave Berg of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department said Wednesday that until rainfall approaches normal levels, no more burn permits will be issued.

Patti Grantham of the Forest Service called the halt on permits, “good news.”

The National Weather Service Press release states that this April was the driest on record. Reported rainfall from March 20-May 6 was 2.66 inches, breaking the previous record of 3.13 set 13 years ago.

According to a Forest Service press release, 20 wildfires have been reported in Tongass National Forest, State lands and Alaska Native corporation lands within the last two weeks, according to a Forest Service release.


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