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Yesterday's News


March 7, 1914 – Wake up people of Petersburg and get a move on. You must have the modern improvements if you want to be on the map. We need water works, sewers and electric lights. There is no reason why we should not have these improvements, and had them long ago.

When we do get those improvements people will come and locate here, not only to live, but to bring in business to you. We should have a cold storage plant here, but it needs water, and we will not have it until we get the water works.

We have the finest harbor in southeastern Alaska, as good a townsite as can be found, why shouldn't we have a live town instead of a dead one?

March 6, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– Rod Pederson, a young pilot for Alaska Island Air, has written an article about Southeastern Alaska bush flying and it is being published in the April issue of Sport Flying, which is due on the newsstands soon.

Rod, who is 24, was a physics major in college, makes his living flying as an airtaxi pilot and hopes to be a writer. He struck paydirt on the first article he ever sent in, too. Besides that, it's a big one. It covers eight pages in the magazine and includes 15 pictures in both black and white and color, shot by Pederson.

The pilot, who came here two years from Seattle, also is a song writer. He has a 45 rpm record out called “When Young Eyes Meet.”

March 8, 1984 – Sturdy hands splashed with age spots pull on stiff pilot shoulder straps and guide the 727 Alaska Airlines jet down Petersburg's runway for the last time.

Bob Wise's hands have been steering Alaska Airlines planes into mountain-defended Southeast communities for more than 25 years. But his flying days are over. He turned 60 on Feb. 29.

Bob Jakel, a flying assistant, said Wise's contemporaries revere him as an excellent aviator. If all his flying time were credited, his status would be one or two in a 340-pilot crew, Jakel said.

“I can always tell when he comes in,” said Marion Henke, Petersburg state airport manager. “He's one of the best pilots they've got and he makes the best landings.”

March 3, 1994 – Emilie Sperl, 17, a Petersburg High School senior, is in Soldotna this week competing for a college scholarship in the Alaska Junior Miss contest, based on talent, academic achievement, and poise. The state winner will enter national competition in the Lower 48 later this year. Emilie is to show a slide presentation of her watercolors, charcoals and acrylics along with a sound track of her voice reciting a poem she has written, explaining why she paints and how Southeast Alaska has influenced her.

March 4, 2004 – Unused place settings were few and far between Saturday night as Chamber of Commerce members and guests gathered to enjoy a salmon dinner at the Sons of Norway Hall. Local fisherman, North Pacific Council member and National Fisherman 2003 Highliner Arne Fuglvog was this year's featured speaker.

Fuglvog's simple, direct address praised Petersburg's commercial fishing industry for its relative solvency in a flailing worldwide market, but advised that incorporating change would be an integral part of preparing for the future.

Though he said the industry's old market share is a thing of the past, Fuglvog said the meat and poultry market has a lot of potential room for high-end, high-quality sockeye, coho, and king salmon.


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