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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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Ketchikan isn't Tijuana. And it doesn't want to be. Tourists come to Ketchikan to see and experience the community. Here, businesses allow potential customers to find us through word of mouth, advertising and being intrigued by signage and window displays. We don't hawk or bark — or we shouldn't.

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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.
8/18/2014
Get out and vote
It's time to vote.

The state election primary starts bright and early Tuesday.

Gubernatorial, congressional and legislative races will be on the primary ballot, along with Ballot Measure 1. While the measure will be decided, the candidates who acquire the most votes will proceed to the November general election.

Specifically, the governor's seat is on the ballot, Alaska's U.S. House seat and one of its U.S. Senate seats, as well as House District 36's one representative position.

Ballot Measure 1 pertains to whether to retain Senate Bill 21, which is the current oil-production tax law.

The precincts open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., when election officials will begin tallying results.

The seven precincts in Ketchikan and Saxman include: Schoenbar Middle School, 217 Schoenbar Road; The Plaza, 2417 Tongass Ave.; the Alaska Marine Highway System terminal, 3501 Tongass Ave.; North Tongass Fire Station No. 6, 7550 N. Tongass Hwy.; North Tongass Fire Station No. 8, 13110 N. Tongass Hwy.; Saxman Community Center, 2841 S. Tongass Hwy., and Fawn Mountain Elementary School, 400 Old Homestead Road.

Not a lot is asked of Alaskans when it comes to voting. It's just a matter of registering, which unregistered can't do for the primary, but still have the advance 30 days necessary to register for the October local election and November general election. Then, simply listen to the campaigns, study the issues and candidates' positions, and finally take a few minutes — and that's all it takes — to go to the polls to vote.

By voting, Alaskans set the direction for the state and its communities.

Let's do it.