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Not having a bridge across Tongass Narrows is an advantage in one circumstance — Shell perhaps could have brought its damaged icebreaker into Ketchikan Shipyard and avoided bridge-dangling protesters trying to impede it.

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July was a bit of a weird month. Seattle, which set a record for most 90-degree days in a year, appeared to inherit California’s weather, Ketchikan got plenty of Washington’s pleasant 70-degree weather, and Juneau, which set a record for most rain in the month of July, inherited Ketchikan’s weather.

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Danny Jay Klotz, 63 of Saxman, died July 23, 2015, in Saxman.
Ellis John Buxton, 80, died July 12, 2015, in Ketchikan.
Kenneth L. Peters, 76, died July 21, 2015, at his home in Ketchikan.
9/3/2013
Allow more time

We’ve gotten used to watching out for tourists and children alike playing in our streets, as well as flaggers warning us to slow down for road construction, or to stop altogether.

Now, it’s time to add the school buses to the mix.

School starts today and that means the rest of us drivers need to allow additional time to get to our destinations at certain times of the day. We’ll be stopping for school buses with their flashing red lights, so the children can get safely on and off those vehicles.

Before the buses arrive to pick them up, the children will be waiting at bus stops. Sometimes they’ll fidget and sometimes they’ll chase each other and sometimes they’ll wind up in the road. It’s our job as drivers to be ready for them.

And it’s parents’ and caregivers’ jobs to teach children, as First Student recommends, to look twice before crossing the street. (The bus company also wants students to travel in groups and to pay attention to the bus driver — good advice, all.)

The first bus pick-ups of the day are scheduled for a little after 6:30 a.m.; some are still on their appointed rounds at nearly 9 a.m. Then the buses resume for their afternoon routes just before 3 p.m.

We’ve had a great summer. Let’s get our children off to a good start to the 2013-’14 school year.

Keeping them safe is the first step.