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Yesterday's News


May 17, 1913 – Mr. Earnest Kirberger, general manager of the Kake Packing Company of Kake, dropt in this week on a little business affair, and incidently, to show to some of his many friends and gas boat admirers what he considers the best cannery tender in Southeastern Alaska. This gas launch which is called “Kake” is nearly 65 feet long with a 15 foot beam. Its motive power is a 60 h.p. of the very latest improved Troyer Fox engine. With that power, the boat travels nine and one half miles an hour. The boat was brought up loaded with cannery supplies all the way from Astoria, Oregon, by Captain Paulsen and Pilot A. Wie at the wheel.

Mr. Kirberger said that the engine so far had given entire satisfaction. As a proof of the assertion, he mentioned that he had made a trip to Wrangell a few days since and towed a large pile driver to Kake in 23 hours time. A distance of over 100 miles without the least trouble, besides the boat was loaded with lumber. From here Mr. Kirberger went down to Scow Bay after another load of lumber from Mr. Arness' sawmill.

May 18, 1983 – Vikings delighted in taking beautiful women hostage during the festival weekend. They were usually granted their freedom after keeping the Viking company in a local bar, or sometimes paying a ransom of a kiss for the fearless warrior. Some captives even enjoyed a sail aboard the “Valhalla.”

May 20, 1993 – Commercial fisherman David Beebe won first prize in Petersburg's first juried photography exhibit with a color print of boats tied up, entitled “Old Harbor.” The $100 award was presented during the exhibit's opening at Clausen Memorial Museum.

A $100 prize also went to second place winner Camille Kavon. Third place of $50 was given to Dieter Hans Klose, and honorable mention was awarded Heidi Lee.

Michale Edgington, museum director, said she hopes the contest will become an annual event.

May 15, 2003 – Representatives from the ATF and the FBI have been assisting Petersburg police this week, who are investigating the disappearance of around 2000 pounds of the high explosive Dyno Xtra from Rock-n-Road Construction, owned by Richard Burrell. The ATF is offering a $2500 reward for information netting either the explosives or the suspect.

Forty boxes of the substance disappeared from what ATF special agent Brad Earman described as “a trailer that functioned as an explosives bunker.”

Dick Olsen, a longtime blast permit holder, said that this specific type of explosive requires significant know-how to detonate. “You could drop it from 1,000 feet and it wouldn't go off,” he said. He added that the explosive sells for about $1 a pound.


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