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Be careful out there. It's getting darker. The dark is coming earlier in the afternoon and lasting until later in the morning.

News that Ucore Rare Metals is proceeding to the next step in its process toward developing a mine at its Bokan Mountain/Dotson Ridge property on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island should be viewed positively — despite coming at a difficult time for the rare earth element mining sector.

Letty Eileen Cole, 93, died on Oct. 15, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Susan Marie Mallott Patrick, 58, died Oct. 11, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Daniel Edward Hines, 47, died Oct. 11, 2014, in Juneau after a nine-month battle with brain cancer.
Rockland Jeems Mason

Rockland Jeems Mason, 50, died on May 28, 2014, in Ketchikan, after a long illness.

He was born to Jolene Winther and Guy Mason Sr. on Sept. 4, 1963, in Petersburg.

Mr. Mason worked for the City of Ketchikan for many years. Prior to that, he worked as a manager at Tom Sawyer’s Curio and Gifts in downtown Ketchikan.

His family wrote that he will be remembered as an avid musician, a bass man playing with the band Moving On.

“He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends,” his family wrote.

Mr. Mason is survived by his parents, Jolene Winther and Guy Mason Sr. of Ketchikan; brother, Tobey Mason of Renton, Washington; sisters, Fawn Waterfield of Ketchikan and Jolette Waterfield of Anchorage; son, Rockland Mason Jr. of Juneau; daughter, Desireé Mason of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Dean and Gideon; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A celebration of Mr. Mason’s life and memorial service will be held for family and friends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the home of his mother, Jolene Winther, located at 324 Cedar St.