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On Jan. 5, 2001, during the final moments of Bill Clinton’s administration, the then-president announced the Roadless Area Conservation Final Rule.

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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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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.
Margaret “Meg” Hanas, 92, died July 21, 2015, peacefully in Olympia, Washington.
12/18/2013
Go Lady Kings

It doesn't get a whole lot better than beating state champion Wasilla in girls high school basketball.

Well, maybe coming out on top against Juneau is better in the long-lived Ketchikan-Juneau rivalry in Southeast. But beating Wasilla is big; it's real big.

Wasilla rarely loses. No visiting girls team in the past four years has won in the Wasilla High School gym.

Ketchikan won, and played well, starting off in the first half with a 18-point lead and overcoming a slower second half to win by 5 points, 38-33.

The Kayhi girls broke Wasilla's 42-game win streak, showing that they aren't to be taken for granted. They have a challenging schedule this season, but, clearly, they are up to it.

The girls' performance promises an exciting and perhaps sometimes surprising season. It will be worth the time spent for sports fans to turn out at the local gym to show support and see enjoyable basketball.

Congratulations to the girls!