August 30, 2012 | Vol. 39, No.35

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News from 10-20-30 years ago

August 22, 2002 - Mountain View Manor expansion moved closer to beginning construction Monday when city councilors voted unanimously to award a contract to McGraw’s Custom Construction of Sitka for $3,361,000. Three companies bid on the project. Although several Council members expressed reservations, they authorized City Manager Bruce Jones to enter into a project which the manager described as “a big risk” financially.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
A fishing vessel anchored off the Petersburg waterfront circa 1910.

The amount awarded in the contract is about $400,000 more than the city had planned on, said Jones, but delaying the project could jeopardize the roughly $800,000 grant the city has already received from Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

August 27, 1992 - The Petersburg School Board decided last Thursday night against paving the school parking lot this summer while Red Samm Construction Co. is in town.

The Petersburg City Council accepted Red Samm’s offer this summer to pave a number of city streets while Red Samm has a temporary asphalt plant on the island. Under contract by the state, Red Samm is currently repaving Mitkof Highway.

August 25, 1982 - A long line of downed trees along Mitkof Highway is the first visual indicator there may be lines of cars waiting for the highway to reopen after a dynamite blast.

Flagging crews for the Tyee transmission line right-of-way on Mitkof Island are scheduled to begin work this week. Clearing and logging operations will begin three or four days after the flagging according to Peter Walburn, senior vice president of Power Two, contractor of the $24 million project.

Helicopters will be used for some of the logging on Mitkof, but most of the work will be done with trucks, according to Walburn.

Land also being cleared from Tyee Lake across on Woronkofsy and Vank islands will go on concurrently with the Petersburg job. A Japanese firm with American offices, Mitsui, is the contractor for the underwater cable installation.

Steel tower lines will be installed along 12 miles of the Mitkof route; and wood poles will be used primarily on the northern half of the island. About half of the wood poles will be set in rock, which requires blasting.

The project has an Oct. 31, 1983 deadline.

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