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Yesterday's News


March 23, 1983 – Saturday was a perfect morning for collecting aluminium cans at the dump. The Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts collected the cans into two large vans. Jim Franzel, the Boy Scout Committee chairman, said this collection probably held 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. The full vans will be sent to Seattle. At 30 cents a pound, the collection is the scouts' main fundraiser of the year. This is the third year for the collection and Franzel said the scouts have collected about 25,000 pounds of aluminium. Petersburg General Hospital, the Moose Club and Kito's Kave are main suppliers of the aluminium.

March 18, 1993 – Flames early Wednesday morning destroyed a workshed on Kupreanof Island, but Petersburg firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard prevented a nearby residence from catching fire. Fireman Doug Cronlund said 11 firemen with hose and a portable pump from the harbor boarded two private boats and raced across the Wrangell Narrows around 7:30 a.m. When they arrived, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry had already deployed a skiff with about five men and a pump to the beach.

March 20, 2003 – In like a lion: The storm which kept many Petersburg residents shuttered indoors Saturday did very little damage around town, despite 50-55 MPH winds.

Jerry Collison, who was on duty at the airport at the time, says there were sustained, steady winds in the 30 MPH range. Other than a few lost doormats, he said he knows of no serious damage from the high winds. Some residents reported small tree branches, litter, and stray trashcans flying about during the storm.

The same low pressure front caused millions of dollars in damage to Anchorage earlier last week when 100 MPH winds ripped through parts of the city, forcing airport closure for nine hours on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, ripping off roofs and tearing some trees out of the ground.


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