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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.
Phyllis Marlene Edenso

Phyllis Marlene Edenso, 65, died June 26, 2014, in Saxman.

She was born Oct. 1, 1948, in Craig. As a child, she moved from Craig to Ketchikan. She then resided in Seattle until 2011, when she moved back to Ketchikan.

She attended courses at University of Alaska Southeast in 1985. She was employed as a sales associate until she retired.

She was a shareholder with Shaan Seet Inc., and Sealaska Corp.

She enjoyed puzzles, reading and beading, and sent care packages to the needy once a month.

Phyllis Edenso was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Edenso; father, David Edenso Sr.; brothers, Charles, David Jr., George and Richard; and sisters, Christie, Dorothea, Judy, Sharon and Stella.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Canipe of Anchorage, Melody Bride of Tennessee, and Sandy Guthrie of Kenai; sisters, Lily of Seattle and Mary of Ketchikan; and brother, Bruce of Seattle.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at the VFW Hall, 3113 Tongass Ave.