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Yesterday's News


March 14, 1914 – Dr. Maud L. Dunn, a noted American lecturer now in London, in one of her lectures said that some women are always complaining, always frowning, and always telling their neighbors that they are full of aches. You may take it that their troubles are due to corsets. They are the kind of women whose husbands seek the aid of the divorce tribunals.

Corsets, she says, should be put on when lying down, as then the organs are in their natural position. Corsets should be three inches less than the waist measurement.

March 13, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– Skiing has come back to Petersburg.

A ski tow north of town out Sandy Beach Road is operating and drawing moderate crowds on weekends.

Don Hicks, 51, the commercial fisherman who created the attraction- Viking Ski Area- hopes skiing catches on. And not just for business reasons.

“I believe it could be a real nice recreation for the people of Petersburg,” Hicks said. “Especially for the children.”

March 15, 1984 – Alaska Marine Highway's ferry the Columbia will service Petersburg and other Southeastern communities with six new spring sailings.

The additional six sailings are part of a Marine Highway effort to keep its ships on the water rather than tied to the dock, she said.

A marketing program to attract visitors from northern Alaska and from the southern 48 states was started in January. More visitors mean more running time for ships which lose money tied to shore, she said.

“We want to show we can make money and be self supportive,” she said.

March 17, 1994 – The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced last week it would conduct a test fishery in Hoonah Sound to glean information on the feasibility of herring open pound fisheries in Southeast Alaska.

An open pound fishery is one where herring eggs are deposited on kelp blades which are suspended from a floating pound structure, and the spawn-on-kelp product is harvested and sold, ADF&G explained in a news release.

March 11, 2004 – The Mitkof Highway coastal path project, tentatively slated to begin construction this spring, is under new management.

This week Berdnarowicz (new project manager) explained some of the change to the path's plan resulting from negotiations between DOT officials and City Manager Bruce Jones. The path as currently planned will extend from the ferry terminal to the north entrance of Scow Bay Loop Road rather than out to the Beachcomber Inn.

The project is expected to coincide with highway resurfacing along the same section of road. The path will follow the route of the highway apart from sections with an open water view, where it will dip closer to the tide line.


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