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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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July was a bit of a weird month. Seattle, which set a record for most 90-degree days in a year, appeared to inherit California’s weather, Ketchikan got plenty of Washington’s pleasant 70-degree weather, and Juneau, which set a record for most rain in the month of July, inherited Ketchikan’s weather.

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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.
9/12/2013
Strange indeed

Climate is the darndest thing.

It doesn't always do what is expected or predicted.

NASA has satellite images showing Arctic ice grew by about a million square miles from last year. Comparing August 2012 to August 2013, the Arctic has about 60 percent more ice or 2.35 million miles compared to 1.32 million miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

This occurred during global warming.

Of course, it should be noted that the 2012 figure was a record low. But such a huge percentage of return is significant, and the opposite of predictions a year ago. Last year's low ice prompted expectations for an ice-free summer in 2013. Clearly, that didn't happen.

The ice increase already has at least one scientist saying that global cooling has begun to replace the warming trend and that it will continue for the next 15 years. Although, all scientists aren't agreeing. They're probably accurate on one point: One year doesn't make a new trend.

Whether this turnaround in the Arctic is the beginning of a new trend or the continuation of global warming, the world will have to stayed tuned to see what happens next summer.