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Dorcas Eleanor Dunmire, 78, died on Aug. 9, 2019, in Ketchikan. She was born Dorcas Eleanor Wesley on Sept. 15, 1940, in Metlakatla.
Special place

It’s where we live.

We ought to care about it.

“It” is the earth; today is Earth Day.

“Earth Day” invokes different ideas and feelings for all of us.

But it started on April 22, 1970, calling attention to the industrial impact on the earth. Emissions into the air, chemicals and garbage into the water — all affect the quality of life.

The Environmental Protection Agency was a result of rising awareness about the effects of particular activities. The Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act were established in response to this new awareness.

Since then, Earth Day, which will mark its 50th year in 2020, has become a world-wide observance.

In Ketchikan, Earth Day falls during the week of the annual spring cleanup. The City of Ketchikan encourages residents to clean up neighborhoods, offering specially scheduled pickups of yard trash and the like at curbside.

It also promotes its landfill for delivery of larger items, such as old oil tanks.

The idea of Earth Day is to be conscious about taking care of it. As long as we do, it’ll be a special place for us.