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Let's take a moment. Monday is Memorial Day, and, with it, Memorial Day Weekend.

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Leave it to Alaska’s 29th Legislature to screw up what should have been a slam dunk. (Perhaps it is 29 and a half? What exactly is the proper nomenclature when the 29th’s first session has gone to an extra session, then that extra session has been adjourned and a new extra session called so that the Legislature can legally pack up its bags and move to Anchorage before settling on a working budget?)

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Raymond Charles Hewson, 76, died May 13, 2015, in Anchorage.
Hannah Hurley, 82, died May 17, 2015, in Ketchikan.
1/17/2013
Voting time

Monday is a big day for Ketchikan Indian Community members: Election Day.

Tribal members will vote to elect four Tribal Council members from among these candidates listed on the ballot: Norman Arriola, Gloria Burns, Delores Cook, Irene Dundas, Elroy Edenshaw, Patrick Garza, Cheryl Haven, Verna Hudson, James Llanos Sr., and Joseph Reeves. Write-ins are allowed. Two positions on the Advisory Health?Board are available, and two people are listed on the ballot as seeking those seats: Sarah Harney and Bertina Yeltatzie.

The ballot includes eight questions for voters; KIC notes that if all propositions were to fail, the organization would continue to operate under its 1979 bylaws and constitution. The questions range from whether the KID constitution should include a precise definition of KIC’s jurisdiction, to whether the Tribal Council president should be barred from serving as the organization’s CEO. Sample ballots have appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News.

To be eligible to vote Monday, voters must be enrolled members of KIC, reside on Revillagigedo Island (but not in the Organized Village of Saxman), be at least 18 years old, and provide photo ID at the time of voting. Voters must have filled out a voter registration form, which is available online at www.kictribe.org.

Voting takes place all day Monday —from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — at The Plaza mall.

Tribal members, this is your chance to make your voice heard. Please vote.