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The 2016 Race to Alaska came to a close at 6:45 p.m. Friday when Heather Drugge and Dan Campbell, the two-person crew of the last boat still officially on the 750-mile route from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, called it quits in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

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Ketchikan isn't Tijuana. And it doesn't want to be. Tourists come to Ketchikan to see and experience the community. Here, businesses allow potential customers to find us through word of mouth, advertising and being intrigued by signage and window displays. We don't hawk or bark — or we shouldn't.

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Lloyd Kevin Jackson, 49, died July 19, 2016, in Ketchikan.
Thomas Frank Guthrie Jr., 89, of Metlakatla died on July 20, 2016 in Ketchikan.
3/17/2014
Happy St. Patty’s

Feeling a little green today? That's normal.

It's St. Patrick's Day, the one day of the year when green is prevalent through the day.

This Monday is all about the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick, and the luck of the Irish. It marks the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the Irish culture.

While Ireland celebrates, so do the Irish around the world and many who are only Irish at heart. Like most celebrations, it features feasts and, in the case of the Irish, a tankard or two — at least to start off. Others celebrate with mass at a Roman Catholic church.

The celebration came to the United States with Irish immigrants. Chicago, New Orleans and New York City present some of the most magnificent St. Patrick's Day parades.

Over the weekend, Ketchikan celebrated with its annual St. Patrick's Day Auction and Raffle, raising funds to assist cancer patients who live in the Ketchikan area. It also enjoyed what's becoming an annual parade through downtown, featuring all imaginable and some not so imaginable costumes clearly designed by those with a fun-filled Irish heart.

While Ketchikan started early with festivities, this is the day to celebrate. It's the day to put on your green.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!