December 20, 1913 – It is reported that the miners in the Forty-Mile river country witnessed pass the largest caribou herd in the history of the camp.
It is said that it took the largest part of the herd four days and four nights to pass the mining camp on Chicken Creek.
3The moving of this extra large herd, estimated at hundreds of thousands, is believed to be a sure sign of a heavy snow fall the coming winter.
December 15, 1983 – A few years ago a group of Petersburg fishermen and Petersburg Fisheries Inc. (Icicle Seafoods) reportedly expressed interest in marketing snails. Wrangell Narrows is prime habitat for large quantities of sea snails, said Brian Paust, Marine Advisory Program director.
“We have fishermen with spare time, whose boats are often tied up, who would be interested in snails, even if there were only a marginal profit,” she (Teressa Moen of Pelican) said.
Moen said she believes a snail market exists in the Orient. Japan already has a fleet fishing snails in the Bering Sea, she said.
December 16, 1993 – The American bald eagle, the national symbol for two centuries, is making a comeback strong enough that soon it will be taken off the endangered species list, a Fish and Wildlife Service official said recently.
Fish and Wildlife officials said the change will not mean the bird is completely removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act but that it will be listed in the less dire “threatened species” category in most parts of the country.
December 11, 2003 – According to a survey being conducted by the high school biology class, Petersburg folk are genetically average.
Jack Eddy's biology class asks if you can tongue roll (148 yes, 19 no- dominant findings), have attached earlobes (90 yes, 118 no- recessive) brown eyes (111 yes, 89 no- recessive), and dimples (80 yes, 117 no- recessive). “Dimples on the face cheeks, I make sure we tell them where,” Eddy laughed.
“This study makes the course more practical for our human genetics class. Did you know that if you don't have the genes for tongue rolling then you cannot learn to roll your tongue?”