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Ketchikan isn't Tijuana. And it doesn't want to be. Tourists come to Ketchikan to see and experience the community. Here, businesses allow potential customers to find us through word of mouth, advertising and being intrigued by signage and window displays. We don't hawk or bark — or we shouldn't.

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Lloyd Kevin Jackson, 49, died July 19, 2016, in Ketchikan.
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6/20/2013
Summertime

The living might not be easy, exactly, but come tonight, it’s summertime, all right.

In the world known as the East Coast, summer doesn’t arrive until Friday. But it will come prancing into Ketchikan and the rest of Alaska while the sun is still shining, at 9:04 tonight.

Ah. We made it to summer.

The lead-in has been nothing short of lovely, a June that, three-quarters done, had seen but 3 inches of rain (and nearly half of that on a memorable single day, forgettably early in the month).

Our boats are ready; we’ve fished the derby. The kings are still running and we have cohos to look forward to.?We have met and hope to conquer the bugs at Ward Lake. The kids are squared away with activities for the summer; the picnic basket is ready to go. Dad has been honing his grilling skills. We’ve been dreaming of drying our laundry on a line on the porch.

The daisies are beginning to bloom!

Like an early Saturday morning, summer beckons, with room for all the dreams in the world. It’s just the beginning.

Breathe it in: Summer starts now!