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Hats off to Alaska’s U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, for stepping up to right an oversight in the 1971 Alaska Native Lands Claim Settlement Act, which bypassed several Southeast Alaska Native communities.

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Today's the final day to apply for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend — don't miss the opportunity.

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Caroline Lucille Hendrixson, 90, died March 27, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Ira Marlin Gross, 55, died Feb. 12, 2015, in Anchorage.
James Michael Beard, 59, died March 13, 2015, 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!