News from 10-20-30 years ago
December 8, 1982: Millions of people saw it at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., and in the future it is likely that Petersburg will get to see the giant portrait of itself. The Alaska Seafood Marketing institute is “amenable” to loaning the 65 foot long by 8 foot high mural of the Petersburg boat harbor for display here, if a place can be found to accommodate it. The mural was the backdrop to the ASMI booth at the World’s fair, which ended October 31. It is now being shipped back from the fair and will be temporarily displayed on the eighth floor of the state office building in Juneau. Ron Klein of North Lights studio in Juneau took the wide angle harbor shot. A spokesman for ASMI said the mural will be used occasionally for trade shows, but the institute plans to loan it out between uses.
December 10, 1992: Petersburg residents and migrating birds on the Stikine River delta are featured on this week’s Rain Country program. Each spring hundreds of thousands of migrating birds stop on the delta to feed. In May TV crews for public television’s Rain Country program taped a story about the birds and Forest Service research about them. The program features Chris Iverson, formerly of Petersburg, who helped coordinate Forest Service research on the migrating birds. Also on the program are Ken Burton of Petersburg and Robert Claire of Wrangell who conducted research on the ground. One sequence in the story shows Burton and Claire capturing, banding, weighing and releasing one of the 300,000 sand pipers that gather on the flats each spring. Other birds on the flats featured in the program include snow geese and eagles.
December 5, 2002: Nine year old Kersten Lewis is learning about the true meaning of Christmas, putting warm smiles on a customer’s face. Kersten is the entrepreneur behind Kersten’s Christmas Tree Lot, the hustling bustle of piney activity along a corner of South Nordic Drive. Wanting to save money for summer basketball camps and college, the young daughter of Petula and Eric Lewis is learning the fine art of business. “They smell nice,” stated Kersten of the wide variety featuring Noble, Grand, and Douglas Fir. Kersten commented that people seem to be pretty happy when they come and buy a tree. “They have smiles when they leave too,” she said.