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A series of exciting championship games wrapped up the Ketchikan Little League baseball and softball regular seasons this week.

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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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Scott A. Brown, 58, died June 18, 2015 of heart failure in Anchorage.
Cynthia J. Demke, 58, died June 25, 2015 in Ketchikan.
Theresa Marie (Kohl) Houtary, 82, died June 28, 2015, at home in Ketchikan.
12/28/2012
Rock the gym

It’s the most exciting time of year for Kayhi basketball: The Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic has begun.

A tournament that has a storied history predating its name —predating, even, the days when Clarke Cochrane walked the old Ketchikan High School halls — one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is how thrilled Ketchikan is to play host.

This year as always, teams come from near and far.

The Kayhi gym has always loved it when Metlakatla is in the house. This year, in addition to the Chiefs and MissChiefs (is there a better team name anywhere? We think not.), we welcome teams from Klawock, Craig, Petersburg, Palmer, Fairbanks (both Lathrop and Monroe Catholic), Gig Harbor (Wash.) and Philomath, Ore.

The best teams help the less experienced teams play up to levels they haven’t imagined.

Of course, it is always fun to root the home team on, but Alaska loves its basketball and it’s just a pleasure to watch young people play well in the best high school gym in the state.

To the families, friends, coaches and others who have traveled here with our guests, we bid you the warmest of welcomes. We hope you get a chance to walk around town and visit with some of us, but know you will be well cared for in Kayhi’s friendly confines.

And to Kayhi’s teams: You do us proud. Go, Kings and Lady Kings!