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When the euphoria dissipates, Alaska will realize that the pot in which it has positioned itself is boiling over.

Reduce. Reuse. Reap a little cash on the side? One of the unpleasant indignities of living on an island in Southeast Alaska is that we are forced — in a very tangible way — to confront how much waste we create. That confrontation comes in the form of a bill. With space at premium, we pay to bale, ship and dispose of much of our trash inside Washington state.

Robert Eugene Chapman, 60, died Feb. 14, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Frances “Pat” Bailey Koons, 82, died Feb. 22, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Get on the list

It’s not only individual Alaskans who need to think about the 2013 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, though most of us are aware that we have until March 31 to file for the annual oil-royalty check.

Charitable organizations, educational institutions and community foundations have the same deadline if they would like to be included as an option for giving through the Perm Fund.

Through that program, those who apply for the dividend can choose an organization or organizations to which they want to donate money (in increments beginning at $25); they can check off the group, and the money comes out of the dividend. Easy for the giver, easy for the recipient. Gifts can be anonymous or the donor’s name can be sent to the organization for a thank-you.

The state has close to 500 nonprofits that are eligible to be listed as possibilities for Permanent Fund giving. Instructions on how organizations can apply are under the “info for nonprofits” section of the website for the giving program, www.PickClickGive.org.

Meanwhile, dividend recipients — even if they already have filed — can add to or change their charitable contributions, even if they didn’t do so when they filed at a minute past midnight on the first day of the new year.

At PickClickGive.org, Alaskans can browse the different categories of nonprofits or search for a specific organization to make sure it is on the list. Or, one can type “Ketchikan” into the page’s search function, for example, and see a list of organizations specifically connected to the First City.

Spring is in the air; it’s time to get the paperwork done for our Permanent Fund dividends and, if we are part of a nonprofit, time to make sure we are listed if we’re eligible.