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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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Nothing should occur to separate mother and baby. The baby's life depends upon it.

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Raymond Charles Hewson, 76, died May 13, 2015, in Anchorage.
7/19/2013
Memories

Families keep their memories in photos, and families blessed with organized people might even have those memories in scrapbooks, neatly labeled and easily consulted for enjoyment and information of succeeding generations.

A community’s memories are held in its museum.

The Tongass Historical Museum is in a time of transition — its longtime senior curator of collections, Richard Van Cleave, leaves at the close of today. It won’t be long before the city’s museums director, Michael Naab, departs in three months after 16 years at the helm.

The museum showcases our history through pictures — now available digitally — and countless artifacts of times past, continuing to update its collection and find new ways to display it. It has the indispensable assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers in the Tongass Historical Society, a perfect reflection of the can-do attitude of the community they call home.

A search is underway for a new museum director, and the director will be selecting a new curator of collections. We appreciate the long line of good people who have served at our museum, and have confidence their successors will carry the torch high, as well.

For communities blessed with museum staff such as Ketchikan attracts, our communal memories are not only kept but cherished, and frequently viewed with pride, interest and, dare we say, love.