November 15, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 46

Yesterday's News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

November 10, 1982: As dredging and parking lot construction for the new small boat harbor nears completion, Department of Transportation Project engineer John Edwards says the harbor may be operational by next fall. The dredging, which began in mid-August, is about 50-60 percent complete. As of Monday night, 288,150 cubic yards will have been removed. DOT is now estimating that 485,000 cubic yards will still have to be removed because the contractor, as allowed in contract provisions, is digging one-foot deeper than the design depth. That change, along with other minor alterations, will raise the contract costs for Phase I of construction from General Construction’s bid of $1.31 to $1.45 million. DOT had estimated the job would cost $2.28 million. Work on the new harbor parking lot should be completed in the next two weeks, according to Edwards. The lot is being filled with rock from the quarry at 3.5 mile, Mitkof Highway. Edwards expects bids for Phase II will be done around Jan.1. The harbor should be operational this fall.

This Petersburg Vessel Owners Association ledger from 1958 was recently found. It shows that membership dues back then were $5 per vessel.

November 12, 1992: Seattle Mariner pitchers Brian Holman and Russ Swan will visit Petersburg Monday, Nov. 16 and will conduct a clinic at the high school gym at 9:15 a.m. In addition to the clinic, baseball fans will be able to obtain autographs and meet with the players. The Alaska Marine Highway, Westmark Hotels and Alaska Airlines are sponsoring the players’ visit to Alaska communities of Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Wrangell.

November 14, 2002: Penny Ripple sings the national anthem at the elk’s dinner honoring veterans and active duty military on Monday. The dinner featured a speech from Mike Luhr imploring those in attendance to oppose House Resolution #62, which would combine Veteran’s Day with Election Day during presidential election years. The Moose had a dinner Sunday night, also honoring veterans, at which Dewey Duvall spoke. Both dinners were well-attended.

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