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Ketchikan is pleased to be the choice for Alaska ferry shipbuilding.

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Fall looks well in Ketchikan. Monday marked the first day of the third season for 2014 — autumn.

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Michal Irene Lichtwald, 52, died Sept. 7, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Leilah-May Frances (Fairhurst) Anderes, 84, died Sept. 12, 2014 in Rancho Mirage, California, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Tony M. Vaughn, 57, died Aug. 11, 2014, at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Washington, after battling cancer.
Andrew Ingvar Thompson, 86, died Sept. 5, 2014, in Anchorage.
10/14/2013
Watch out!

Watch out for that ... pedestrian.

Or car. Or cat. Or bump in the road.

With the coming of fall is the darkness. Combine the darkness with the rainy weather and it increases the danger for pedestrians and drivers.

And that danger continues to increase with it getting darker sooner and staying dark later — except when the sun peaks through, which it is doing less frequently.

But no complaints here. Summer was fantastic. It put the spirits in order for fall and winter.

The weather will be becoming less nice, and the darkness will come even earlier in the evening and last later in the morning when pedestrians are walking to and from work and autos are winding their way to the office or home.

Visibility will decrease. Dark-colored raingear and other outer attire will be difficult to see. Hoods and other keep-out-the-rain-and-cold clothing will impede visibility.

Pedestrians and drivers should be aware to look out for one another, especially in these conditions and situations. It's foolhardy to assume one will see another. It's smart to walk and drive as if they won't.

In the spring and summer, we look out for tourists. In the fall and winter, we watch out for each other.

The operative words are: "Watch out!"