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Dec. 7, 1941 started out as a day in paradise. It ended a day of hell at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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Ketchikan has plenty to say about pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic in the downtown.

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Karla Isabelle Keele, 40, died Nov. 11, 2016, peacefully at home in Kent, Washington, after losing her battle with breast cancer. 
Denise Marie (Towner) Hall, 55, died Nov. 17, 2016, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington of hepatorenal syndrome (multiple organ failure).
Alfred Willard “Waddy” Natkong, 73, died Dec. 4, 2016, in Hydaburg.
Rebecca Rose Beimler, 64, died Nov. 20, 2016, in Ketchikan.
3/18/2014
Bus driver day

Everybody has their day.

So much so that we used to ask our parents: “When is Kids' Day?”

They'd reply: “Every day is Kids' Day.”

That’s not what we’d expected or wanted to hear. After all, there are Mother's Day and Father's Day (both of which are quickly approaching).

But, for today, March 18, it's not about kids, mothers or fathers — unless they drive a bus.

In Ketchikan, we're honoring the school and borough bus drivers on Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

These drivers hold our lives in their hands as they maneuver big, long buses up and down Tongass Highway and throughout the streets of Ketchikan.

They must be focused on the rules of the road, schedules, stops, and, for the borough bus drivers, fares.

Borough bus drivers give directions to disembarking passengers and answer questions for those boarding. School bus drivers keep the peace and pay special attention to their youngest passengers as they load and unload the buses.

All of the drivers deal daily with unpredictable traffic and pedestrians. They must be alert to both, all the while maneuvering through whatever challenging road conditions the weather has created. Heavy rain, snow, ice, blinding light and even darkness all are integral considerations for bus drivers day in and day out.

As we ride the bus or see the bus cruising by today, let's think about the valuable service the drivers provide to our community. For without them, it would be a long walk.