August 2, 1913 – Hans Pruschoff, the most daring local hunter and trapper returned from an extended trip covering some three months or more. Hans said that he had had a hard trip, although he does not look it, but of course his friends take his word for it. He has a bear story which he promised to tell soon. However, his friends are glad that he is safe home once more. “All this fear about Hans' safety, is all nonsense” said one of his intimate friends, and he added, “They don't need to fear, Hans will never shoot at a bear unless somebody ties the bear to a tree.”
August 10, 1983 – Predicting mass movement of mature crab, or mechanically locating eddies where large amounts of dog fish can be caught is a computer age possibility.
Computers in the fishing industry will be a hot market in the future, said Brian Paust, director of the Alaska Marine Advisory Program in Petersburg.
Local fishermen may be able to predict how much money they can expect to make in a given fishing season, according to Paust.
Computer software currently available for fishermen covers production analysis, fuel efficiency, navigational aids, fish finding, communications and general accounting.
August 12, 1993 – A long dry summer may be nearing its end, spelling relief for Petersburg and other Southeast communities faced with water shortages.
Some rain actually fell late yesterday, but early in the week city officials remained cautious about the amount of water available in the reservoir.
Bruce Jones, water superintendent, said Tuesday the reservoir level was dropping three to four inches per day.
With the water at the 30-foot level, that left enough water for about 11.5 days before rationing would be enforced.
The city's emergency plan calls for mandatory rationing when the level reaches 26 feet at the reservoir.
With “one more good one” providing at least two inches in two days, “we'll make it through the season,” he added.
There was optimism as city officials saw the canning season reach its peak this week, leaving only about three more weeks of heavy water use at processing plants.
August 7, 2003 – Here's the latest hot eBay deal: a 15-hundred ton Alaska state ferry.
The state Department of Transportation is retiring the 34-year-old ferry Bartlett in September and using the online auction site to unload it.
The auction began late last week with a beginning bid price of $100,000. By Tuesday morning, there were three bids on the item, pushing the price up to $100,300.
The 193-foot-long Bartlett was built for the Alaska Marine Highway System in 1968 by Jeffboat Inc. of Heffersonville, Ind., for $3.25 million. The vessel holds 236 passengers and 29 cars.