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June 21, 1913 – From far Alabama: The Herald is in receipt of a newspaper from the far away city of Petersburg, Alaska. This paper was found in our mail of Wednesday and presents quite a neat appearance. It is a four page, five column folio, printed on a good quality of paper and shows a good business, judging from the amount of advertising that appear in its columns.

The name of the paper is “The Progressive.” It is published weekly and one very noticeable feature about it is the subscription price, which is $2.50 per anum, payable in advance.

The Progressive is in its first year and is very ably edited.

The above is taken from the Herald, a weekly newspaper published at Cordova, Alabama, and was sent for an exchange. We feel highly flattered by the courtesy, and despite the fact that the Progressive reached Alabama by mistake, we shall nevertheless and at the pleasure of the Herald, continue the exchange as news from way down old “Alabam” is refreshing. Our misdirected exchange had been intended for Cordova, Alaska, and evidently was sidetracked somewhere, which accounts for making its way to the state of Alabama.

June 29, 1983 – Alaska State Troopers and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Protection from Ketchikan and Petersburg recovered 64 stolen Dungeness crab pots from the Wrangell area last Saturday. The pots belong to Jerry Dahl of Petersburg and the gear was recovered following the receipt of a tip from an informant. The case has been under investigation for approximately 6 months. The case remains under investigation and the pots are being held as evidence at the present time. Dahl's gear was valued at over $6,000 by State Trooper Dave Israelson and F&WP Officer Lew Brantley. Pots were offloaded from the vessels BEACON & STENELLA, on Sunday afternoon at the city port facility.

July 1, 1993 – The little black bear may have been looking for Goldilocks, but when it entered the house on Sandy Beach Road it found Gloria Ohmer at home a little before 5:22 p.m. June 24.

That was the time when Ohmer, owner of Tides Inn, called police to report the incident, after the bear was gone.

“I wasn't afraid,” she said. “It was a nice bear. He wasn't aggressive or anything.”

The bear came into Ohmer's home through the open garage and into her rear bedroom, where it climbed up on the bed and ripped down a drape trying to get out the window.

The children of some guests staying in the house alerted Ohmer, who was in her office adjacent to the kitchen.

When she went to the kitchen door to look, the bear came past her into the kitchen, and then into the living room.

“I think it wanted to turn on the TV,” she quipped.

The bear got on a coffee table and turned over a lamp.

Ohmer opened a sliding glass door to let the animal out, but it ignored the opportunity and decided to retrace its steps and go out the same way it came in.

The bear was not a cub, but was probably a young yearling, Ohmer said.

June 26, 2003 – Adam, 10, and Marlena, 8 ½, Erickson were hard at work last week scouring the beaches of Hungry Point for clamshells. The two Viking Swim Club members are planning to make Jolly Rancher Shells for sale on the Fourth of July. Their goal? To raise the $300,000 needed to get the mezzanine back into the planning of the new community pool. VSC swimmers, parents, and coach Tex Doherty will have a booth on Independence Day selling shrimp cocktails, the candied clamshells, and balloons.

Bring an umbrella when their float comes by, as the team will be tossing candy coins and squirting water to get your attention.

Remember Petersburg, the current pool was also started with fundraisers.


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