March 20, 2014 | Vol. 40, No. 12

Yesterday's News

March 21, 1914 – It will be of interest to packers to know that the custom authorities in France have issued a regulation which may be well to heed.

The regulation, which goes into effect the last of June this year, is in substance as follows: "Canned salmon and other canned fish may not be imported into France unless the name of the country of origin is stamped in raised or sunken Roman characters, at least four millimeters in height on the lid or bottom of each receptacle and on a portion not marked with any printing. The same indications must be recreated in adhesive letters on the cases or other external packings."

March 20, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– The state of Alaska's new ferry Le Conte is scheduled to begin service in late April following a 9,340 mile journey from Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. where she was built.

The 235-foot ferry will be one of two new ships put into service with the Division of Marine Highway this summer. The 418-foot Columbia, built in Seattle, is scheduled to go on the run beginning in late May.

The new ships will be taking over their duties against the background of growing tourist and business travel between Alaska and Seattle. Officials said all staterooms and most vehicle space already is booked on the Columbia through September 1974.

March 22, 1984 – Many Southeastern communities are giving tourists a 'champagne welcome,' while some might say Petersburg, in comparison, can only afford a 'good home-brewed welcome.'

In recent Chamber of Commerce meetings members grumbled that nearly all public municipalities but Petersburg contributed money to their tourist effort. This year the City has contributed at least $6,000 through a new fiscal year budget appropriation.

"What's exciting about the tourist industry is that anyone can get into it," she (Karen Hofstad, a Chamber director) said. "Anyone with ideas can get involved."

March 25, 2004 – Locals have been in for a wild ride over the last couple of weeks as airport apron expansion efforts have left the exact route of Haugen Dr. in limbo.

Motorists can still navigate the area, albeit slowly, and state Department of Transportation project engineer Tina Bergam said this week that soon drivers can expect fewer ups and downs along the route. "Once we get this road in, and once we get the water lines in, and the phone lines in, and all that done, we'll be out of the way again. We'll be doing the apron part," she said.

"The whole purpose of this project is the fact that we are building a second hardstand with a bigger apron so it can accommodate two jets at the same time-- one for cargo and one for passengers," Bergam explained.

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