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Yesterday's News


June 7, 1913 – For an old resident of Petersburg to take a glance over the harbor is enough to wake him up to the fact that the fishing season is on. In other words, this is harvest time. Many impatient fishermen have been waiting, waiting for the salmon to start running, and a few days ago it was reported that it had started.

It is only two or three weeks ago that one could stand anywhere on front street and count all the way from fifty to possibly a hundred fishing crafts, from a common skiff to a 60 h.p. gas boat. Today, the last of them all, was seen leaving port for the happy fishing grounds.

On one of the last boat from the South, the Pacific Coast and Norway Packing Company's cannery crew arrived. Some fifty men are at work throughout the cannery making cans and getting the machinery in order, and in expectation of the first run of salmon. All is hustle and bustle around the cannery, and activity is the pass word now.

June 1, 1983 – Governor Bill Sheffield last week formally petitioned U.S. Transportatin Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole to consolidate Alaska's four time zones into two.

In a letter to the Secretary, Sheffield pointed out that Alaska, with a population of 464,000 has as many times zones as the Lower 48 states, which have a population of more than 200 million.

“This complex arrangement of Alaska's time zones has created barriers to commerce and communications between the private sector and State government in Alaska,” Sheffield wrote. “By reducing the number of time zones, we can remove these artificial barriers to doing business in Alaska and can unify the people of our state.”

May 27, 1993 – The Litter-A-thon was held on Saturday, May 1. Nine Petersburg Youth Program youths and two staffparticipated. They walked all the way around the “loop” picking up litter with bright yellow bags. (It rained much of the time!) The group picked up a total of 615 pounds of litter in four hours!

May 29, 2003 – The airport now features kiosks where passengers with online and paper tickets can check themselves in. Baggage stations have been redesigned with a gleaming metal look.

“Everybody's curious; they say it looks really space-age,” says Chalie Rhoden of Alaska Airlines.

The design, she says, is called “the airport of the future” and is set to be installed in airports across Alaska. Petersburg is serving as a tester for its installation in smaller airports.

It's taking awhile for employees to get used to the smaller, modern-looking check-in stations, which have far less counter space, but that reduction in space accommodates two extra baggage scales. “Hopefully, they'll expedite the check-in process,” said Rhoden.


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