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It’s a sad, frightening situation. In late May, a young man from western Alaska was traveling aboard an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry from Bellingham, Washington, with a ticket to Whittier.

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Gertrude Ann Anderson, 79, died June 8, 2016, peacefully at her daughter’s home in Metlakatla.
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6/10/2014
Wonderful derby

Congratulations to Rick Forrester and CHARR.

Forrester won the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby after three weekends — seven days — of competitive fishing by anglers.

Forrester's 42-pound fish, which was caught the first weekend, proved to be the weightiest, according to preliminary results.

But it was far from the only fish caught. More than 820 salmon tipped the scales at various weigh-in stations from one end of the island to the other.

That number represents a heckuva lot of fun for the community. As hard as this town works, it deserves it.

Ketchikan, both those who fish and those who watch, enjoys the annual salmon derby.

It's exciting to get the boat in the water and gear up for the derby. It's even more so when the fish start biting and the rush to the weigh-in station begins — don't want to risk waiting and a salmon to lose weight.

Then, following the ladder, watching who places where — those whose names are familiar and those who aren't.

In between it all, trying new strategies to land the big one.

This year's derby has come to a close. It was a success. There's a winner. There are lots of winners. In addition to Forrester, the ladder is full of able fishermen.

Plus, the community has lots of winners involved in organization of the derby. Derby Coordinator Russell Thomas and all of his volunteers, from the committee that helps him with organization to the people who donate their time manning the weigh-in stations, are much appreciated for their efforts to make the derby a success once again.

Congratulations and thank you to all for all of fun. It was a wonderful derby.