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Fantastic news: This year, Revillagigedo has been recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site, a great honor in recognition of its unique, immeasurable beauty and value to the world.

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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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Lloyd Kevin Jackson, 49, died July 19, 2016, in Ketchikan.
Thomas Frank Guthrie Jr., 89, of Metlakatla died on July 20, 2016 in Ketchikan.
11/10/2012
Thanks

Sunday is Veterans Day.

It’s a day to thank those who have served. Nowadays, those in our armed forces make the choice to give up years of their lives in order to protect our way of life and to serve at home in times of trouble. By signing up, they put their lives on the line. Many delay starting their own families; others miss out on important milestones in their children’s lives to perform their duties as assigned. Whether serving overseas or right down the street, they all are sacrificing on our behalf.

Many veterans before 1973 did not choose to serve but were drafted. They nevertheless answered their country’s call. In the Vietnam War era, many arrived home to derision. We have learned better as a nation since then. We know that we owe our veterans thanks.

One way to thank them is to ask them about their experience. Not everyone wants to talk about it, and that’s fine. But many are eager to share their stories. Ask them now, while they are still here. Even now, the ranks of the World War II soldiers are thin indeed, and those who served in Korea and Vietnam are thinning.

Ask them now; thank them now.