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There are many ways one could feel about the warning Standard and Poor’s issued to the Alaska Legislature last week, stating that the state’s credit rating might drop if Alaska politicians can’t reach a deal on budget reforms.

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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

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4/3/2014
Let's be No. 5
Gov. Sean and first lady Sandy Parnell host Governor's Family Picnics in five communities throughout the state. Undoubtedly because of their populations, Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su are on the annual picnic calendar automatically.
For the fifth slot, the Parnells accept proposals from all other communities.
Now, Ketchikan loves a picnic — especially if it sunshines, which it might, but the chances are it won't. But we don't shy away from a picnic any time; we've got shelter and we've got raingear. If it's warm enough, we can do without either and just get wet. A little rain never hurts. Given the appropriate picnic attitude, it can be a better picnic.
Most importantly, the governor's picnics are non-partisan. That means that whatever party you are affiliated with, you are more than welcome at the governor's picnic/party.
Hosting a governor's picnic would require a community picnic committee. (Chairing or being a member of that would look nice on the resume.) The committee would coordinate with the governor's office, but its members would be responsible for picking a location, choreographing a program, fundraising and all other event details.
The funds for the picnic would be collected from businesses and individuals in the community; no government funds permitted. All food, beverages and attendance would be free to the public.
If Ketchikan wishes to host a governor's picnic, it must fill out and submit a proposal by May 2. The form is available online at http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/multimedia/governors-picnic/traveling-picnic.html.