February 20, 2014 | Vol. 40, No. 8

Yesterday's News

February 21, 1914 – While the passing of the Alaska Railroad Bill was a foregone conclusion, yet, great was the strain and anxiety upon its supporters at the final vote. The galleries were full of spectators and excited Alaskans were to be noticed everywhere. The count of the vote showed that 230 had favored the project, while 87 voted against. Some were opposed to the whole bill, others favored some amendments. However, an amendment that was accepted that did away with the issue of bonds. The amendment provides a direct appropriation from the United States Treasury, the thirty-five million dollars which the bill provides as necessary to build the road.

February 27, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– John Gross, director of admissions at Sheldon Jackson College is a young educator who sometimes resorts to magic to get his job done.

Literally.

Gross pulls things from his hat, makes magic wands change color and finds coins behind youngster's ears.

Gross was in Wrangell and also in Petersburg last week and put on shows before setting down to college business, speaking with potential students and conferring with faculty members at the high schools in the two communities.

February 16, 1984 – A new twist has been introduced to the time zone change saga.

Rep. Ron Wendte, Ketchikan-D, has introduced a resolution in the House to change Alaska to Pacific Time from Yukon Time.

He said the state would still be unified and would counter one argument used by opponents of Southeast changing to Pacific Time.

Advantages listed by Southeast supporters of Pacific Time would be the same for the rest of the state, he said. Everyone would be closer to the West Coast, benefitting transportation, business and communication.

February 17, 1994 – Petersburg be proud: the Viking Swim Club just won their first ever Southeast Championship, held February 11, 12, and 13 in Ketchikan.

Outstanding performances and overall improvement are the credits for this victory; every swimmer rose to the occasion.

After arriving at 2:00 am on Friday, the weary swimmers (and their weary chaperones and coaches) were on hand for a 7:30 am warm up schedule.

Coach Barkman said his team jumped right out to an 80 point lead, despite the circumstances.

In exchange for a victory, the Viking Swim Club got to shave their coach's head- a small price to pay for the championship trophy.

February 19, 2004 – After much discussion, city councilors voted Tuesday to send the Transportation Committee's remarks on the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan along to the state.

Their recommendations included a statement of support for “continued, year-round mainline service with stops in Petersburg and Wrangell,” as well as support for a Juneau-Petersburg ferry homeported in Petersburg.

Mitkof Highway road upgrades, the committee suggested, should be completed in conjunction with the construction of the South Mitkof ferry terminal.

The committee's final suggestion was that they'd like to see the state hire an independent consultant to review the feasibility of the plan as a whole.

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