June 7, 2012 | Vol. 39, No.23

Yesterday’s News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

June 9, 1982 - Susan Payne is an artist at heart and a businesswoman out of necessity. When she receives a new shipment of earthenware slip for pottery, she also receives a $500 bill. The money’s got to come from somewhere. She believes she’s found a way—producing earthenware octopus pots for what she and a few others around Petersburg believe may become an important new off-season fishery.

A look at downtown Petersburg in the 1940s. The Post Office can be seen on the left.

Octopots, Payne’s brand name for her pots, will be manufactured in a 30 by 40 foot warehouse she plans to install on her Mitkof Highway property. The pots, 16 inches tall and 11 inches in diameter are designed for use on a long line.

June 11, 1992 - People driving to Blind River Rapids to fish this summer will see an improved parking area under construction, according to the Forest Service. They may also encounter some periodic inconvenience.

District Ranger Patricia Grantham announced that, in conjunction with the State’s road project, the Blind River Rapids parking area is being expanded and made safer.

The new parking area will be about 80 feet off the highway, eliminating the need to back directly into the road.

June 13, 2002 - The City Council met last Thursday to discuss plans for the construction of a coastal path which will begin at the ferry terminal and run parallel to Mitkof Highway, extend to the Beachcomber Inn just before the four-mile mark. The project, expected to cost between $3 and 4 million, will be paid for with state and federal dollars. The dollar figure includes monies which will go toward highway resurfacing.

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