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Yesterday's News


June 6, 1914 – With the advent of the new city council, everybody seems to have taken a new interest in the proposed water system, and the excitement has reached a point where each and every one is willing to "give and take."

A very conservative estimate of the revenue and disbursements of the town was made by Mr. K.L. Steberg of the Petersburg Bank, which puts a new light on the question of how to defray the expenses of a water system.

At the lowest estimate, Mr. Steberg found that the revenue from federal licenses for the coming year would reach the sum of $9,590. Cash on hand, together with the uncollected municipal taxes and the contemplated levy of ten mills on property by the council this year, would bring the revenue from all sources to $19,276.51.

June 7, 1974 Celebrating the Pilot's 40th Year– Petersburg Fisheries Inc. will be putting the finishing touches on a new Norwegian-built fish meal plant during the next two weeks, in order to begin production this month.

Vice-president Wally Swanson says that current technology allows the recovery of only about 20-25 percent of crab, 16-28 percent of shrimp, 60-75 percent of salmon, and 40-50 percent of halibut.

"A fish meal plant is designed to reduce these wastes to a high protein meal which may be used as an additive for feeding poultry, cattle, hogs, and even other fish in trout and salmon hatcheries," said Swanson.

Fish oil is also recovered and semi-refined for a variety of uses in making paints, printing inks, cosmetics, machine oils, and (in Europe) margarine, he said.

June 7, 1984 – Beginning July 17, it will be illegal to smoke in taxicabs and other public transportation vehicles. The Department of Environmental Conservation added, if you are a smoker and you work in a State building, you may not be able to smoke at your desk. And don't light up in restaurants that seat more than 50 customers, grocery stores, or at public meetings except in specially designated smoking areas. You could be fined up to $50.

June 10, 2004 – The Fairweather, the state's first fast ferry, made its maiden voyage from Juneau to Haines in calm seas.

The 235-foot vessel surged up to 45 mph in Lynn Canal on Monday.

"This boat can spin on a dime," said George Poor, the chief engineer.

The smooth trip from Juneau to Haines took about two hours, half as long as it takes the regular boats in the Alaska Marine Highway System.


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