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One way or another southern Southeast Alaskans want to travel between the island communities.

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It was with sadness that we read the investigative report by The Associated Press detailing circumstances of Indonesia-based Burmese slave labor harvesting seafood that was processed in Thailand and distributed globally.

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James Michael Beard, 59, died March 13, 2015, in Ketchikan.
8/12/2014
Register

Uh oh, you didn't register to vote in the statewide primary election next Tuesday?

That's a shame, but not a completely missed opportunity.

The primary can serve to remind us to register or correct our registration.

The rule is a person must be registered 30 days in advance of an election.

The Aug. 19 primary will feature an oil-tax ballot initiative, which will be decided at the end of the day. For those unregistered to date, that's a missed opportunity.

The decision between three Republican candidates for the state House seat representing Ketchikan and District 36 also is a primary question. For unregistered, but prospective Alaskan voters, that's a missed opportunity, too.

Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and U.S. House races also are on the ballot.

But, all is not lost for this election season. Those who register now can vote in the November general election in which one of the local Republican candidates will be up against an independent candidate for the House District 36 seat. The general election ballot will include gubernatorial, and U.S. Senate and U.S. House decisions, and a marijuana ballot measure, too.

Also, the local elections are more than 30 days off, which means Alaskans may register to vote for that election, which seats officials for the Ketchikan City Council, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Ketchikan School Board.

So, all is not lost for those who desire to vote.

It's just a matter of registering, which can be done through the city or borough clerk's office.

There's no time to lose; register before another opportunity passes you by.