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Yesterday's News


February 24, 1914 – The Bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Hon. McKellar, which provides that fish kept in cold storage for more than two months cannot be shipped in interstate commerce is so worded that it would cover frozen and preserved as well as fresh fish. If this cold storage bill should go in its original form, it would be a great calamity to two of the largest industries on the North Pacific Coast-- that of mild-cured and frozen salmon. These products are packed in the main for export to Europe and unless a reasonable time is permitted in which to move them, the loss caused by forced shipments would be too great to warrant any packer carrying on the industry.

February 27, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– Twenty-five Petersburg Cub Scouts received awards and promotions at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet last week.

The candlelight ceremony was conducted in the Elks banquet room Wednesday night.

Each boy receiving rank badges at the ceremonies lit a candle from a large center candle representing the spirit of Cub Scouting. When all candles were lit they formed an arrow of light, symbolizing the ongoing spirit of Cub Scouting.

March 1, 1984 – Mitkof Lumber Co. personnel have concluded Petersburg is the best place to build their new $8 million mill.

The new mill will be built alongside the old mill, but no firm construction date has been set, Gerald Engel, company forester said.

Steve Hufstetler, Mitkof employee, said company stockholders could decide against building a new mill.

“If they did decide to build, the plan would be to start construction in April and have the mill on line by November,” Hufstetler said.

Mitkof had considered moving to Wrangell or Kake but circumstances in those communities deterred mill-building activity.

March 3, 1994 – The Tanner crab season—which got off to an icy and stormy start on Feb. 15-- was extended four days, with closure expected at noon today, the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game said.

The weather at the outstart of the fishery “created havoc,” said Dave Ohmer, plant manager of Alaskan Glacier Seafoods.

He noted that two vessels from the Petersburg fleet were lost in high winds, rough seas, and icy spray.

“It was difficult for tenders to pick up crabs, which they did at great risk,” he said.

But he said the crab quality being brought in is good.

“This has been as hard a season as I remember,” he said. “Conditions were right on the edge.”

February 26, 2004 – With their opinions shared and their suggestions in writing, Conference of Alaskans participants headed back to home cities and villages last week. The 55 state residents chosen, including Petersburg resident Kris Norosz, assembled in Fairbanks. The group was charged with answering questions as to the preferred fate of the Permanent Fund and the state's constitutional budget reserve.

Norosz said she found the opportunity to meet so many of the state's newsmakers, as well as the coming together of people from the big cities with those of the villages, was especially rewarding. She marveled at the variety of challenges each community in the state faces, from the isolation of the smaller villages to the 93 languages spoken in the Anchorage school district.


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