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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

State agencies and the University of Alaska spent $343 million outside of Alaska for goods and services for government operations in 2015.

Ginny Gisse, 69, died April 5, 2016, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Hope Irene ‘Mickey’ Lewis

Hope Irene “Mickey” Lewis, 90, died Feb. 1, 2014, in Yuma, Ariz.

She was born May 19, 1923, in Deer Lodge, Mont. She resided in Ketchikan from the mid-1970s until moving to Yuma about three years ago.

Mrs. Lewis was an owner, cook and waitress at restaurants, including The Mecca in Ketchikan.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed crocheting.

Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her sister, Gladys Cutler.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Lewis of Arizona; daughter, Ida May (Sam) Sevier of Washington state; son, Leonard (Ione) Apling of Oregon; daughter, Carol (Jack) Van Vleck of Arizona; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was Feb. 8, 2014, at Fortuna De Oro Park in Yuma.