News from 10-20-30 years ago
September 29, 1982- KRSA, Southeast Alaska’s newest radio station signed on the air at noon Friday, September 24 with a signal that reaches to Petersburg, Kake, Wrangell, Gustavus, Juneau and Telegraph Creek. In at least one case, the signal reached all the way to Eagle, Alaska, about 700 miles away.
The official sign-on was followed by the national anthem, the Alaska State Flag song, a prayer of dedication and a song, “My Tribute,” to bring the radio station on the air. Finally, the station aired a brief explanation about Friday being its first official broadcast day.
September 24, 1992- Manmade Hole has been a popular fishing and recreation area for years, but recent excavation should make it a hotter fishing spot than ever before.
The U.S. Forest Service, with support from the Rotary Club and Trout Unlimited, recently removed silt from the stream running into Manmade Hole so that coho salmon, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden have access to the pond.
The conclusion of the work at the water hole was marked Wednesday afternoon by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Some even talked about renaming the spot “Donahue Pond,” after Cecil Donahue, who was the past state Department of Transportation representative responsible for turning the former quarry into Manmade Hole.
The recreation spot is 20 miles south of Petersburg along Mitkof Highway and was created when the highway was constructed about 30 years ago.
September 26, 2002- Derek Gibb has swum in more pools around the country than a cabana boy in the summertime, and now the 1999 PHS graduate is going to test international water temperatures. Gibb will be competing in the 2003 World University Game in Daegu, South Korea August 21-31.
Gibb earned his selection by an outstanding swimming performance at the USA National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. this past August.