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Jay Hammond is dead, and at least two of Alaska’s legislators are tired of hearing about the late Alaska governor and his views about the Alaska Permanent Fund and its dividend program.

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It's akin to whipsaw. The Democrats take one route. then the Republicans come along, reverse and take another one.

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Helen Francis Featherston, 73, died March 23, 2017, in Ketchikan.
Frances Elizabeth Sanderson, 82, died March 9, 2017, in Sitka.
Cesar Novelo Manalo, 69, died March 20, 2017, in Ketchikan.
8/20/2013
Time to paint

... or get off the ladder. If you have been considering running for local office, there is less than a week in which to do so. Filing closes at noon Monday for Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, Ketchikan School Board, and Ketchikan City Council. All three bodies will have two, three-year terms available; all incumbents are eligible to run, though at least one has announced the intention not to.

In the cases of the Assembly and City Council, so far there are the exact number of candidates as seats available. Both are incumbents in the case of the Assembly; one incumbent and a newcomer have filed for Council.

No one has filed for School Board and Board President Ginny Clay has indicated that she will not seek re-election.

Local election season is (mercifully) short; the local elections are six weeks from today, on Oct. 1. Council and Assembly members set property tax rates and have a profound effect on all of our lives. School Board members set policy for our children’s schools and determine how much of our local taxes are spent; again, meaningful far-reaching activities.

We appreciate those who have stepped up thus far and now hope for at least five more candidates so that, in every case, voters have a choice before them.

Filing closes at noon Monday. Pick up your paperwork and go to the races!