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When the euphoria dissipates, Alaska will realize that the pot in which it has positioned itself is boiling over.

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Reduce. Reuse. Reap a little cash on the side? One of the unpleasant indignities of living on an island in Southeast Alaska is that we are forced — in a very tangible way — to confront how much waste we create. That confrontation comes in the form of a bill. With space at premium, we pay to bale, ship and dispose of much of our trash inside Washington state.

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Robert Eugene Chapman, 60, died Feb. 14, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Frances “Pat” Bailey Koons, 82, died Feb. 22, 2015, in Ketchikan.
12/13/2013
Friday the 13th

It's a lucky day — for some.

Others look at Friday the 13th as anything but.

From our perspective, what you expect is what you just might get.

Or, more often, it amounts to: If you're not paying attention, you could run into trouble. For example, turn on the lights and you won't stub your toe on the chair's leg, getting your Friday the 13th off on the wrong foot.

Remember, people are born, married, land great jobs and celebrate any number of winning events on Fridays, which happen to fall on the 13th.

Good things and bad events can and do occur every day, including Friday the 13th.

At least one Friday the 13th comes along in every calendar year. As many as three Friday the 13ths can occur in a single calendar year.

The longest period without a Friday the 13th is 14 months. On average, there is a Friday the 13th about every 212 days.

This year only one other Friday the 13th occurred — September, 13, 2013. Next year has only one month in which the 13th falls on a Friday — June. But then comes 2015 with three Friday the 13ths — February, March and November.

That's simply too many days to be fearful of what might happen or to expect the worst. You might want to think about embracing 13 as your lucky number, too.