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Not having a bridge across Tongass Narrows is an advantage in one circumstance — Shell perhaps could have brought its damaged icebreaker into Ketchikan Shipyard and avoided bridge-dangling protesters trying to impede it.

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July was a bit of a weird month. Seattle, which set a record for most 90-degree days in a year, appeared to inherit California’s weather, Ketchikan got plenty of Washington’s pleasant 70-degree weather, and Juneau, which set a record for most rain in the month of July, inherited Ketchikan’s weather.

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Danny Jay Klotz, 63 of Saxman, died July 23, 2015, in Saxman.
Ellis John Buxton, 80, died July 12, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Kenneth L. Peters, 76, died July 21, 2015, at his home in Ketchikan.
4/3/2013
It's sprung ...

The mood is spreading all over town.

The longer days and higher temperatures are prompting thoughts of spring, particularly when the sun begins to appear pretty often.

With these thoughts comes the desire, if not the enthusiasm, to clean up and get ready for a new business season or just to dust off winter and prepare for a playful spring.

Downtown, where the tourists will be disembarking from cruise ships by month's end, businesses are sprucing up inside and outside of their buildings. Some remodeling projects carried on through the winter; others began in recent weeks. The exterior of more than one building is being replaced or washed down. Clean windows are on the to-do list of at least one enterprise.

As the cruise season approaches, more and more businesses will re-open their doors and begin to stock shelves for the tourist trade. It won't be long before the tourists are filling the streets, with walking tour maps and shopping bags in hand.

Meanwhile, when it comes to play, avid boaters filled up at least one parking lot next to a launch site over the weekend. The first fruits of their labor already are showing up in freezers and on the dinner table.

Hikers are hitting the trails, fur is flying off the dogs, raindrops are landing softly and the geese are passing by on their annual flight north.

The signs of spring are here; enjoy!