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It’s a sad, frightening situation. In late May, a young man from western Alaska was traveling aboard an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry from Bellingham, Washington, with a ticket to Whittier.

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It's an election year. The state House — where all of the seats will be on the ballot — won't touch the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend no matter what; right or wrong, it won't touch it.

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Gertrude Ann Anderson, 79, died June 8, 2016, peacefully at her daughter’s home in Metlakatla.
Dolores Jean Houts, 87, died June 23, 2016, in Ketchikan.
Paul Douglas Askren III, 21, died June 16, 2016, in Ketchikan.
M. Pauline Scott, 75, died June 18, 2016, in Tacoma, Washington.
6/5/2014
School’s out

School is out this week.

You've been warned.

Children won't be in class, but will be out and about.

As a result, we need to be careful out there.

We want all of the kids to make it through the summer safely so they can return to school in the fall. Indeed, all but this year's graduating seniors should be back in class come September.

In the meantime, we're going to be seeing them any time of the day or hopefully not too late at night on sidewalks and along the streets as they do what kids do in the summertime. Watch for them running around at places where kids frequent — ballparks, skate parks, the recreational center and coming and going to the movie theater, the library, video stores and the like.

Their biggest threat is drivers who don't see them. That could be because of traffic congestion or lighting. Drivers just need to be aware.

But children aren't without responsibility, too. They should be cautioned to watch where they're going and to not assume drivers will see them when they are in or near roadways.

It will take children and adults working together to make this a happy and healthy summer. Just so we all know, the summer break begins now.