March 28, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 13

Yesterday's News

March 30, 1983 – Petersburg has a reputation around the nation of being one of the top two places in the country for drug activity. The reputation is unfounded, according to members of the Petersburg City Council and Police Department, but the community still has to overcome the reputation.

Still, hundreds of thousands of dollars of drugs go through Petersburg in a year. Police Cief Bob Oszman said the drug problem will never be stopped completely, but could be slowed quite a bit. He is committed to controlling the drug problem in the community.

April 1, 1993 – Tent City will open to tenants on May 1, and the Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for a record number of guests.

Workers were out last week preparing new wooden platforms for campers in the muskeg, and for the first time electric lights were hooked to the bathrooms under the pavilion.

Bill Musson, the parks director, said he expects some 50 to 55 pads to be ready in time for the annual influx of cannery workers. The campground has a parking area, and in the lighted pavilion there are open-pit cooking areas, with firewood provided, a cold water sink, pay phone and a soft drink vending machine. Photo Available.

March 27, 2003 – Regulars and Mayfest revelers alike can breath easier; Harbor Bar, damaged in a downtown fire last week, will reopen for business during the first week of May, said building owner Shirley Matheny.

Fire Chief Sam Bunge said Wednesday that the fire inspector determined the origin of the fire to be an easy chair, and said an unattended, burning cigarette probably started the blaze.

Bunge says the building remained in such good shape because of the firefighter's performance at the scene. “The firefighters did super. I've got nothing but admiration for the people who went inside.”

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