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News that Ucore Rare Metals is proceeding to the next step in its process toward developing a mine at its Bokan Mountain/Dotson Ridge property on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island should be viewed positively — despite coming at a difficult time for the rare earth element mining sector.

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Creating a healthy and safe environment inside the Alaska National Guard is an endeavor that should be free from political games.

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Letty Eileen Cole, 93, died on Oct. 15, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Susan Marie Mallott Patrick, 58, died Oct. 11, 2014, in Ketchikan.
8/25/2014
Think again

Think again; it isn't necessary to drive while under the influence.

Whether it's alcohol, controlled substances or anything else that might impair driving, it shouldn't be mixed with driving.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is being conducted here by the Alaska State Troopers, will continue through Labor Day weekend.

The increased visibility of troopers statewide is connected to the campaign, an effort to discourage potential drivers from getting behind the wheel while their ability to drive is impaired. This means behind any motorized vehicle's wheel — not only automobiles, but boats and other vehicles that could be dangerous if a driver's abilities are impaired.

The public has been asked to assist in the campaign — first to encourage others not to drive while under the influence, and even remove access to keys and motor vehicles, and, second, to report impaired drivers. Reports can be made to 911. A description of a motor vehicle, its location and direction of travel would be helpful.

It only takes a minute to make a call and save a life or prevent injury and damage. Make the call.