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A series of exciting championship games wrapped up the Ketchikan Little League baseball and softball regular seasons this week.

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Little library, big difference? We were encouraged to learn that a resident near Fawn Mountain Elementary School took it upon herself to start a micro-library on her property. The books are free to all, and on the honor system to return them. As Barbara May, who started the micro-library in 2012, explained to the Daily News, “There was no bonding and there's no taxes and there's no roofing contract and there's no library cards or nothing.”

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Scott A. Brown, 58, died June 18, 2015 of heart failure in Anchorage.
Cynthia J. Demke, 58, died June 25, 2015 in Ketchikan.
Theresa Marie (Kohl) Houtary, 82, died June 28, 2015, at home in Ketchikan.
2/19/2014
A piece of the pipe

Giving Alaskans a piece of the pipe is an excellent idea.

Sen. Lesil McGuire of Anchorage suggests that Alaskans be allowed to invest a part of their Permanent Fund dividends in a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Senate Bill 164 wouldn't require it. It would only make it possible for Alaskans interested in a personal investment in Alaska and development of its natural gas.

The investment potentially would benefit Alaskans and Alaska.

All permanent fund dividend recipients would be eligible. Eligible Alaskans would be allowed to designate an amount to be deducted from each permanent fund dividend, just as contributions already are made.

Investments would be made on the date the permanent fund is issued to an eligible Alaskan. The commissioner of revenue would provide a written notice in the form of a certificate of ownership or description of the stock held for the companies advancing the pipeline. The certificate could be transferrable or assigned by the initial investor to another person.

Investments' success would be the responsibility of each Alaskan investor. Any interest or gain would be reportable to the Internal Revenue Service.

The commissioner would provide a list of publicly traded corporations involved in the pipeline development. Corporations would be required to apply to be included on the list, identifying their interest in the development.

This is an excellent way to engage Alaskans in the development of the natural gas pipeline.