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News that Ucore Rare Metals is proceeding to the next step in its process toward developing a mine at its Bokan Mountain/Dotson Ridge property on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island should be viewed positively — despite coming at a difficult time for the rare earth element mining sector.

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Creating a healthy and safe environment inside the Alaska National Guard is an endeavor that should be free from political games.

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Letty Eileen Cole, 93, died on Oct. 15, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Susan Marie Mallott Patrick, 58, died Oct. 11, 2014, in Ketchikan.
3/1/2013
For the women

Alaska honors its veterans and Alaskans have served our country with pride and distinction since Territorial days.

But did you know that Alaska has the most female veterans per capita of any state in the nation?

Alaska’s 8,500-plus women veterans comprise 11 percent of the state’s veterans.

On Thursday in Juneau, the governor, the Rasmuson Foundation and legislators honored Alaska’s women veterans at the State Capitol.

The ceremony coincided with the establishment of the Women Veterans Fund, which the foundation endowed with a half-million dollars in honor of 20-year U.S. Army veteran Mary Louise Rasmuson, the fifth director of the Women’s Army Corps and a board member of the Rasmuson Foundation.

The fund will provide support to address what Gov. Sean Parnell, while noting that “heroism knows no gender,” described as the “unique challenges that women veterans face.” Among them are the guilt women feel when they leave their families to serve, military sexual trauma, and a lack of some veterans services for women, according to information from the Alaska Senate Majority.

We know that our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers serve our country in many ways. We are glad to join with other Alaskans in honoring the women who serve, and striving to make sure we take care of them properly when they come home.