News from 10-20-30 years ago
March 2, 1983 - Slow paperwork resulted in “near tragedy” with the dredging of the new boat harbor last February 18. If Senator Bob Ziegler had not stepped in, the dredging contractors would have left Petersburg, the mayor told the city council last week.
The harbor dredging contractor General Construction, had completed their dredging contract and were ready to move on. While the contractor was in Petersburg, the state had hoped they could dredge on the tidelands around Mitkof Marine Ways for a more economical approach to the northside floats of the expanded boat harbor.
The expanded dredging first had to be approved by the Corps of Engineers. By Friday the approval had not been received and the contractors were going to pull out.
March 4, 1993 - Housing in Petersburg is “pretty dismal”, according to a member of the U.S. Coast Guard who was here last week on a fact-finding mission.
Lt. Keith Turro of San Francisco, here Feb. 23 to 26, said there is “not enough housing” for crew members of the two coast guard vessels that are ported here.
He rated the situation”dismal”, saying the Coast Guard is looking at the possibility of building its own housing units.
Currently, five units are needed for family members, he said.
February 27, 2003 - Petersburg Indian Association's Brandy Christensen and Frank Fernandez recently came home with an unusually heavy souvenir from down south-a 5000 pound composter the group bought with a recently acquired EPA grant.
PIA is working in cooperation with the City to get the project underway. “The City gave us a chunk of land up at the landfill and put in a nice pad for us to put the composter and two coverall units” said co-composter director Christensen at last weeks open house, held to introduce the community to the new business.