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That's a nice Christmas gift. Ketchikan waits anxiously each year about this time, just like the kids do for Christmas morning, to discover what the next cruise ship schedule looks like.

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Phillip Dean Nehl, 59, died Dec. 10, 2014, in Ketchikan after a long battle with heart failure.
David Jmmanuel (Keith Gustaf Dahl), 50, died Oct. 28, 2014, suddenly of natural causes at home in Ketchikan.
Frank Chester Leask, 76, died Dec. 9, 2014, in Metlakatla.
2/21/2014
Plower appreciation

Hats off to the snow plowers.

Nothing starts off a snowy morning better than seeing that the streets have been plowed before we walk or drive to work in the morning.

For the streets to get that way, it means city and state road crews were up and out early on the job. They try to clear the way before Ketchikan's rush-hour traffic between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Even during the day, when the snow flies, the road crews get out and immediately begin clearing streets — sometimes just ahead of the evening rush hour.

The result is safer driving and fewer traffic accidents. This means kids and school staff get to school without incident. The workforce can report to their jobs. Shoppers can purchase groceries and other goods needed daily. It means the community can go about its business.

Just going about the day's business becomes just a little more challenging for those who must go out in the snow; walkways and steps must be shoveled; snow must be dusted off automobiles; driveways must be navigated carefully, and all of this takes extra time. Snow compounds the feeling of "not enough time in the day."

Whatever can be done to ease that feeling of an extra challenge is appreciated. The community's snow plowers do that, and for us and many others here, we say thank you for making the snow days just a little easier and safer.

We and many others have noticed.