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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.
12/13/2012
Perhaps you knew

Naturally, more than only we were aware of Wednesday’s significance numerically as the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the century. (Wouldn’t it have been fun to turn 12 Wednesday?) As a friend pointed out, this was the last month that can happen this century. We sure won’t be having a 13-13-13.

But speaking of 12-12-12 — and really, who wasn’t, on Wednesday? — we made the error of calling it “12 cubed” to a rocket scientist who knew better.

The bad news is, Wednesday was not 12 cubed.

The good news is, we still have 12 cubed to look forward to.

Twelve cubed is the mathematical notation for saying “12 times 12 times 12” — in other words, “cubed” means to take any number and multiply it by itself two more times.

Well, 12x12x12 equals 1,728.

And that, good people, is Jan. 7, 2028, or 1-7-28.

Some days, it is a fine circumstance to be a numbers person.

Right?