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Not having a bridge across Tongass Narrows is an advantage in one circumstance — Shell perhaps could have brought its damaged icebreaker into Ketchikan Shipyard and avoided bridge-dangling protesters trying to impede it.

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July was a bit of a weird month. Seattle, which set a record for most 90-degree days in a year, appeared to inherit California’s weather, Ketchikan got plenty of Washington’s pleasant 70-degree weather, and Juneau, which set a record for most rain in the month of July, inherited Ketchikan’s weather.

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Danny Jay Klotz, 63 of Saxman, died July 23, 2015, in Saxman.
Ellis John Buxton, 80, died July 12, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Kenneth L. Peters, 76, died July 21, 2015, at his home in Ketchikan.
8/22/2014
Last hurrah

It's the last hurrah for students for the summer of 2014.

In 13 days, Ketchikan's elementary and secondary students return to the classroom, where their teachers will be officially beginning sooner, on Aug. 28.

The weather has presented a wonderful summer for the students, a real break — when the older ones weren't working — for fun in the sun, or, often in Ketchikan's case, under partly cloudy skies.

But, technically, the summer isn't over until the school bell rings.

So for the next almost two weeks and two weekends, there's still time to visit the beach, hike trails, fish for the silver salmon (or maybe halibut) or spend a night or two at the cabin or campground.

Some might still manage an out-of-town vacation. But, unless it's to visit family and friends or someplace greater than Ketchikan when the sun shines, few would want to leave.

Summer should be fun, and there still are a few days left of it.

Take the time to get out and enjoy it with the students. Make memories. Because there won't be another chance at their current ages. This is the only summer of '14.