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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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Common sense prevailed when the Supreme Court ruled against a multi-billion-dollar EPA decision recently.

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Lucien “Lou” C. Johnson, age 83, passed away June 22, 2015.
Lynn Anne Waters, 67, died on July 2, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Scott A. Brown, 58, died June 18, 2015 of heart failure in Anchorage.
Cynthia J. Demke, 58, died June 25, 2015 in Ketchikan.
7/16/2013
We’re silver

It’s official: Alaska has joined the majority of states in this country to adopt the Silver Alert program.

House Bill 59, signed recently by Gov. Sean Parnell, creates rapid response and notification plans for responders to activate when a vulnerable adult is missing. It would apply to adults with disabilities, including dementias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and developmental disabilities.

Rep. Max Gruenburg, who introduced HB59, likened it to the Amber Alert program for missing children, and said it can save lives by getting efforts coordinated to find the missing person. The Senate-side sponsor, Johnny Ellis, said the only concern he’d ever heard about the bill was “Why the heck haven’t we done this already?”

Good question.

Now, Alaska is the 39th state to adopt such a program. Here, the program will be designed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety, with help from the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, “to best incorporate the voluntary cooperation of media outlets in notifying the public of missing vulnerable adults,” according to the governor’s office.

We welcome the Silver Alert designation, and look forward to details on how it will play out in Southeast Alaska. Stay tuned.