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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.

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

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Ginny Gisse, 69, died April 5, 2016, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
6/16/2014
Enjoy the outdoors

With the official start of summer just days away, it might be a good idea to get on with seasonal activities.

Because the window of opportunity will begin to diminish as days begin growing shorter later this month.

Ketchikan has wonderful opportunities, and the weather this spring has made it possible to enjoy them.

Boating, camping, fishing, hiking and gardening rank as some of the favorites.

But even the ones done year round, or at least in months other than just summer, also are better just because of the long days and higher temperatures. A trip to the library, a walk around Ward Lake, a barbecue or shopping is simply more pleasant when the temperatures are, too.

The intent should be to get out and enjoy. Indoor activities will be waiting to be done in the fall or winter. Summer will last only three months — maybe less if the weather turns cold sooner.

There is no time like the summer of 2014 to get out of doors, breathe in the fresh air, stretch the legs and seek adventure.

Do it; the opportunity won't be back for this year.