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Yesterday's News


July 4, 1914 – The eyes of the world are at last turned to Alaska's Fisheries, now generally conceded to be the world's most important. The constant advance in the price of foodstuffs has served to turn attention to Alaska's wonderful supply of cheap food, found in her fisheries. It was pointed out recently at a meeting of scientists held in Seattle that although there are over 200 varieties of edible fish found in Alaskan waters, only seven varieties are extensively exploited. Notwithstanding this alleged oversight, the fisheries products of Alaska now have an annual valuation far in excess of that of any other division of the United States.

July 5, 1974 Celebrating Pilot's 40th Year – Petersburg's business district seems to be enjoying a major building boom this year. National Bank of Alaska moved into a new multi-million dollar facility this spring; Dick Kito rushed to meet opening date this week on his new Kave cocktail lounge. Petersburg Fisheries Inc. has just completed its new fish meal plant, and now…

Trading Union began construction this week on a 10,000 square foot, two-story building across Main Street from their present location.

Hardware Mgr. Bill Baker told the Pilot the new building will become Trading Union's hardware and sporting goods store. The lower floor will house the retail operation, and the second floor will provide warehouse space.

July 5, 1984 – Hospital construction is 87 percent complete, according to Duane Paynter of HA-WK.

Concrete work will be finished by July 6 or 7. Future finishing work and installations include plumbing fixtures, outside trim, sheet rock and plaster on the ground floor and cabinetry. Ceiling tiles, sheet vinyl flooring, carpet and drapes have yet to be installed.

Rooms have been painted on the second floor and City Engineer said people are often sensitive about the colors. Shades of yellow, pink, turquoise and peach share walls in hallways, operating, delivery and in-patient rooms. A bright turquoise in the birthing room raised the most eyebrows, Paynter said. But construction staff indicates as trim paint and furniture is added, the lively room colors seem to relax.

July 8, 2004 – A year in the making, the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce's revamped, expanded website will make its debut on Friday night. Web designer Jeff Reynolds will be on hand for the fete, to be held at the Chamber of Commerce building.

Chamber President Nancy Berg said she hopes the site draws traffic from both tourists and other types of users. "It's a really usable site," she said. "I'd like to see local people use it as a resource too— not just a resource for people to come up to Alaska. It will also be useful for people who want to move here and find information about what kind of services they will have."

The site features information on the city's culture, history, and demographics, as well as contact information for the over 100 businesses affiliated with the Chamber.


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