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Fantastic news: This year, Revillagigedo has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, a great honor in recognition of its unique, immeasurable beauty and value to the world.

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The 2016 Race to Alaska came to a close at 6:45 p.m. Friday when Heather Drugge and Dan Campbell, the two-person crew of the last boat still officially on the 750-mile route from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, called it quits in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

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Lloyd Kevin Jackson, 49, died July 19, 2016, in Ketchikan.
Thomas Frank Guthrie Jr., 89, of Metlakatla died on July 20, 2016 in Ketchikan.
4/30/2013
A place for dogs

It would be a dog owner's dream come true for Ketchikan to have a dog park.

The dog could go at its pace; the owner at what often is a completely different one.

Then, after they're done frolicking through the park, they meet up — walk completed!

Ahhh, that would be the life.

Instead of just dreaming, a group of owners is checking into the idea of a dog park. For those who don't know, it is a fenced-in and gated place where dogs would be allowed to exercise and do their business off leash.

It likely would reduce the use of athletic fields and other inappropriate places for dog exercise. Dogs would get the chance to run off their energy. It might lead to dogs as better housemates and neighbors.

It would be a safe place for dogs, and improve the possibilities of dog ownership. If owners or prospective owners have a place to take their dogs, then they are more likely to have dogs, perhaps even rescue dogs from uncertain or grave futures.

Of course, the park wouldn't be operated without rules. Dogs who frequent the park would need to be licensed and current on their vaccinations, but a park might encourage more owners to comply with those laws.

A park would provide a place for owners to meet, where seasoned owners might share problems and possible solutions regarding dog behavior. Plus, it's simply a place to socialize.

For those interested in a Ketchikan dog park, the group is meeting at 5:30 tonight at the public library.

Dog owners or would-be dog owners might want to attend.