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Yesterday's News


September 27, 1913 – “Rushed to death” is the expression used by Mr. Olaf Arnes, owner and operator of the Scow Bay sawmill. The unpretentious box manufacturing and sawmill plants, which were born of necessity last summer, have done wonderfully well.

Mr. Arness reports a very satisfactory season so far. At the present time, there are 15 men employed around the sawmill besides the crew of loggers who supply the mill with the timber. Lumber for thousands of halibut boxes remain to be sawed yet before the close of the season, hence the “rush”.

September 28, 1983 – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that the commercial abalone fishery in Statistical Area A (Southeast Alaska – Yakutat) will open at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 1983.

Abalone fishermen are reminded that abalone must be landed as soon as possible after the season closes, and that live abalone may not be held for sale at a later date.

October 7, 1993 – The Alaska Department of Fish & Game was getting telephone calls after a rash of reports last week by citizens saying they've seen wolves in Petersburg.

But Charlie Land, wildlife biologist for ADF&G, said not to worry: it's nothing new.

Wolves have been spotted near the airport and the edge of town “for the past five years,” he said.

He added, “There's never been an instance of a wolf attacking a person to my knowledge.”

However, he said wolves “will take dogs” and other domestic animals, as well as deer and moose.

November 6, 2003 – Governor Frank Murkowski and First Lady Nancy attended the christening of the first “fast ferry,” last weekend. Built by the Derecktor Shipyards on the East Coast, the $38 million, 235-foot aluminum alloy hull ferry will serve the northern Southeast Alaska routes between Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Skagway in the summer of 2004. The main deck will have interior seating for 150 passengers in the observation lounge and 109 in the midship area. Exterior seating will be provided in the solarium. The interior space will have a combination of reclining airline-style seating and table arrangements with areas for work/study, video games and a full service snack bar. It will carry passengers and 35 vehicles at cruising speeds of 32 knots.


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