May 2, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 18

Yesterday's News

May 3, 1913 – Sockeye Island Deserted: Some five or six miles from this town, on the North, is what is called Sockeye Island. For several years past this island has been ocupied under lease from the government for fox breeding purposes.

Fox breeding, with the prevailing high price for furs, made the business quite profitable. As a matter of fact, thousands of dollars were made out of the fox ranch the first few years. Three years ago, after the owner had taken what furs he wanted, some fifteen foxes were left to breed. One year ago, or such matter, the owner sub-let the place together with the foxes to a party who at the time moved on the Island and took charge; feeding or otherwise looking after his interest—he was to receive half of the furs—as well as the owner's stock. In three years time, it is reasonably certain that the breeding by the original fifteen would result as a fair average about 80 foxes. The owner late last fall came in from the states for the purpose of taking some furs out, and proceeded to set traps etc. but no trace of a fox could be found.

Larceny of all kinds of immaginable articles is of record, but the larceny of the stock of a fox ranch, and of the whole thereof, is unheard of. Nevertheless, that is just what happened. It appears that the present lessee some months ago left the place for a few days, and while so absent someone, presumably familiar with the surroundings, carried away stock and all.

May 5, 1983 – Alaskans across the state and Washington D.C. will be hearing the unofficial Petersburg theme song “I Love Humpack Salmon” May 6. The song, along with other information about the city will be broadcast over the Legislative Teleconference Network.

The Legislative Information Offices and Teleconference Centers are holding an Open house 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Petersburg air time will be 4:45 p.m. Dorothy Penttila, manager of the Petersburg office, has arranged for a recording of the song; and Jack Longworth, former state legislator from Petersburg will give a talk on the improvements in communications since the first legislative session in 1960.

People from all over the globe have come to Alaska to study the state's unique legislative telecommunications and information networks.

The first Legislative Information Office opened in Anchorage in 1972; there are now 40 sites in towns and villages throughout Alaska. Representative Mike M. Miller, chairman of the task force which formed the Legislative Teleconference Network, stated “The Alaska Legislative Teleconference System is one of those happy projects that turned out not only as well as we turned out even better. Alaskans from Ketchikan to Barrow can literally have a voice—and an effective voice—in their government.”

May 6, 1993 – Two crew members were safe after the tugboat Murph overturned in the Wrangell Narrows just below PFI Hill around 2:38 p.m. Tuesday.

Skipper Jim Birch and Deck Hand Kenny Goldsbury managed to get into a life raft, and were taken ashore in a Harbor Master skiff shortly after the mishap.

The 105-foot vessel, along with her sister tug the Seahorse, were ushering in the Russian freighter Kapitan Kirichenko out of the harbor and into the Narrows.

The 439-foot Kirichenko had been tied up at Petersburg Fisheries since Sunday night, loading herring for markets in the Far East. The vessel had cast off just eight minutes before the accident, according to officials.

Eyewitness Mike Hill, a PFI employee, said the Murph had pulled the Kirichenko's stern away from the PFI dock with a line. With an outgoing tide, as the Kirichenko got under way and headed north toward Frederick Point, the line became taut, and before it could be released, pulled the tug at an angle, capsizing it, Hill said.

Both tugs are owned by Seakist Towing. Seakist owner Art Murphy blamed the Kirichenko for the accident.

May 8, 2003 – Twelve Viking Swim Club members had a chance to meet 2000 Olympian swimmer Neil Walker at last weekends annual Juneau Olympic Swimmer Invitational meet. Some even got to wear his Olympic gold medal.

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