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Small Alaska communities are the state's backbone. Economically, if they're strong, then so, too, is Alaska.

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Shane Raymond Sooter, 59, died Oct. 24, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Robert ‘Rod’ Orwin Davidson, 68, died Oct. 21, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington
Mary C. Smith, 93, died Oct. 19, 2014, in Ketchikan.
3/20/2013
Spring? Check

We did it: Made it through another winter.

Hooray for us! Spring arrived this morning at 3:02 (four hours earlier than on the East Coast, where they had to wait until 7:02 a.m. Ha!)

This vernal-equinox thing can be considered merely an astronomical detail: The sun crosses the celestial equator, “making night and day of equal length in all parts of the earth,” our friend Webster says. Just a fact, that day and night are the same length today.

But it feels good, doesn’t it? The sun — OK, daylight, at least — now puts in a full 12-hour day. The crocuses are in bloom. Daffodils are sprouting up (at least in vases) and fresh growth is in the air.

Spring is about optimism. After our mild winter, we are indeed hopeful: Good things are ahead.

No matter what weather details await in the coming months — and yes, we know we can have snow even into May — the fact remains: Winter 2012-’13 is in the books.

We are on to spring.

We made it. Woo hoo!