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Adventurers’ endless fascination with Alaska continues unabated in 2017, which already has brought individuals testing their mettle in the Last Frontier to the shores of our First City.

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The timber industry isn't taking the hit. Instead, the industry can celebrate a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals majority opinion regarding the U.S. Forest Service's handling of the Big Thorne Project.

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Richard Thomas Hall, 56, died May 12, 2017, in Ketchikan.
Velma June Cox, 91, died peacefully on May 6, 2017, in Port Angeles, Washington.
Charles Murphy James Sr., 80, died April 2, 2017, in Big Lake.
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!