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New industry Ketchikan needs industry. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is appropriately assisting the Alaska mariculture industry, an industry with considerable potential here.

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It's a grand day for a picnic. Gov. Sean Parnell and first lady, Sandy Parnell, will be in town today (Thursday) for the Governor's Family Picnic. The picnic will be around the dinner hour — 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — at Ward Lake.

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David Lee Pitcher, 66, died peacefully July 18, 2014, in Ketchikan following a heart attack and complications of multiple system atrophy.
Phyllis Marlene Edenso, 65, died June 26, 2014, in Saxman.
Lynne Tallacksen Dohm, 92, died May 14, 2014, at home in Lake Stevens, Washington.
6/25/2013
A good choice

Good people make bad choices and end up in jail.

But that doesn't mean all of their decisions are bad.

They can be just the opposite.

Some of the inmates at the Ketchikan Correctional Center decided to create 3,000 origami cranes over the Memorial Day weekend.

Last week they presented the cranes to Women in Safe Homes, Ketchikan Medical Center and Ketchikan Pioneers' Home.

If Jarvis Perez is representative of the inmates, they're pretty proud of their accomplishment, too.

Nothing wrong with that. It's terrific that while incarcerated inmates can be productive and feel pleased.

Perez is so hooked on creating origami cranes, he's still making them.

The inmates' interest was piqued when Superintendent Jessica Mathews told them people make the cranes for peace, and a Japanese legend goes that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will have his or her wish granted.

The first night's effort produced 800 cranes.

Mathews now is considering other programs for the inmates and has mentioned crotcheting. The crotcheted items could be donated to the community, she says.

This is a terrific way to encourage the inmates, helping them to move beyond a bad decision and be a part of something good.