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On Jan. 5, 2001, during the final moments of Bill Clinton’s administration, the then-president announced the Roadless Area Conservation Final Rule.

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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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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.
Margaret “Meg” Hanas, 92, died July 21, 2015, peacefully in Olympia, Washington.
10/15/2012
CG proposals

Alaska wouldn't do well without the U.S. Coast Guard. With the advent of recent Arctic exploration and development, that dependence is growing.

Congress currently is writing the Coast Guard Authorization Act.

A few of the provisions key to Alaska involve expanding Arctic capabilities, assisting fishermen and preserving Coast Guard maritime history.

One key being proposed for inclusion in the final version of the act would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to study and report on the need for additional Coast Guard expertise in the Arctic.

Another proposal conveys the CGC Storis to the non-profit Storis Museum in Juneau. The vessel would be used to educate and memorialize the maritime heritage of the vessel and its activities in Alaska.

The final two proposals would protect Alaska fishermen from losing their permits by establishing them as property ineligible for seizure during legal actions, and exempt thousands of fishing vessels from one-size-fits-all permits pertaining to discharges.

All of these proposals are key to Alaskans; in some cases, to Alaska's visitors. Alaska's congressional delegation is intent on their inclusion in the Coast Guard act.

Alaskans are too.