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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

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State agencies and the University of Alaska spent $343 million outside of Alaska for goods and services for government operations in 2015.

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Ginny Gisse, 69, died April 5, 2016, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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.