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Over 800 residents took scheduled test rides on the Boeing Company's Aries jetfoil when it visited Petersburg and other Southeast communities in 1982. The Alaska Department of Transportation considered adding the $15 million craft to its fleet of mainline ferries, but declined to do so despite favorable public opinion. Hundreds of residents waited on harbor floats to board the jetfoil. Pilot file photos
July 21, 1982 - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and The Boeing Company have announced the schedule for the forthcoming free demonstration of the Boeing Jetfoil in eleven Southeast Alaska communities. The Jetfoil built by Boeing Marine Systems, is the boat that flies like an airplane on underwater “wings” or foils. The demonstration came about in response to legislation introduced in the recent legislative session by Sen. Bill Ray of Juneau. The $1.2 million project is designed to determine passenger acceptance and operational feasibility of the jetfoil in Southeast waters.
July 23, 1992 - Modern Technology is hitting even salmon spawning streams. Whereas spawners were once given some help from humanity with an occasional fish ladder to travel upstream, Coho salmon on Mitchell Creek will soon by aided in their upstream journey with a $130,000 spiral staircase.
The U.S. Forest Service began constructing the most sophisticated fish way in the region on Mitchell Creek which feeds into Duncan Canal on Kupreanof Island.
The project should be completed in August and fishermen should be able to start fishing a new stock of Coho or silver salmon in 1996, according to Forest Service fisheries biologist Dick Aho.
The fish ladder designed by Joe Teter, is a pathway of concrete columns with cedar panels guiding salmon from pool to pool in an upward spiral above the falls. The fish way looks like a mini-highway underpass where the fish actually cross under their path.
July 18, 2002 - Radio warnings were issued and State Troopers searched Kupreanof Island’s Petersburg Mountain after Kristy L. Abbott, 27, of Oregon, was involved in a confrontation with a black bear while jogging last Wednesday, July 10. According to State Trooper Scott Carson, the bear charged when Abbott, who came upon the bear after running about a mile, sounded an air horn and began to retreat. He says the high bleating noise of the horn may have confused and attracted rather than dissuaded the bear.
Abbott alternately retreated and defended herself with a stick, and was bitten and clawed in the back of the legs. The bear retreated after she dealt a solid blow to the head. She was treated and released from Petersburg Medical Center the same day.
Carson said Abbott described the bear as very thin. It was not found in the police search. He reminded locals to use the buddy system in the woods and that dogs may attract rather than discourage predators. Pepper spray, he said, can sometimes act as a deterrent.