News from 10-20-30 years ago
October 20, 1982- An unfamiliar building, a strange view from the front window, a new bed-it can be disquieting to an adult, let alone a child. Maria Estelle, director of the Petersburg Children’s Center, is getting nervous thinking about helping 40 children adapt to a new day-home.
She is nonetheless looking forward to the move into the new Petersburg Children’s Center.
The actual move won’t be made until Nov. 1, but a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. across from the elementary school. Construction of the center is complete, but coat racks still need to be hung and there is dust to sweep up before the influx occurs.
October 15, 1992- A local coalition of commercial fishermen is seeking the help of pop-star Billy Joel in its crusade to preserve commercial fishing rights in Glacier Bay National Park.
The Allied Fishermen of Southeast Alaska (AFSA)—a coalition of fishing groups, processors, communities, and hatcheries formed to combat the Glacier Bay issue—in a recent letter asked Joel to consider performing a benefit concert in Juneau.
“He has been sympathetic in the past to the plight of commercial fishermen,” said Dale Kelley, coordinator of AFSA and the author of the letter. “I thought he might consider helping us, too.”
October 10, 2002- The push toward Bradfield Road construction continued last month when Sen. Robin Taylor and Mayor Pro Tem Paul Anderson attended the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation’s annual general meeting, held in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Sen. Taylor added that Wrangell City Manager Bob Prunella was expected to fly to Ketchikan this week to further the process. “He’ll be signing the papers with the federal highways people which are utilizing some monies that Ted Stevens got for us five years ago. They’re going to allow us to use those monies to start developing the EIS and doing the studies necessary. So that’s the first major step,” said Taylor.
The main focus of his speech in British Columbia, said Taylor this week, “was that we share tremendous commonality with these people. We’re remote, we’re isolated, we go through tough winters at times. We probably have more in common with one another than we have with our counterparts in Washington, DC or they with their counterparts in Ottawa. The only thing that separates us is about 23 miles of needed road on the Canadian side and probably about 35, 40 miles of road on our side.”