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A bit of international cooperation was on display Wednesday when U.S. and Canadian coast guard officials signed an update of an agreement for planning for and organizing responses to transboundary pollution in the maritime area of Dixon Entrance.

On Wednesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the membership of his new Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group.

Public comment on the state’s 2021 operating budget is being sought this week.

As residents of the towns near the proposed Kake Road, we firmly oppose it. The $40 million raised for this “road to nowhere” should instead support the return of the Alaska Marine Highway System to our coastal Alaska communities struggling without ferry service.

The way in which Alaska selects its judges is exemplary.

More than 200 youth swimmers are in Ketchikan this weekend for the Alaska Swimming Age Group Championships at the Gateway Recreation Center.

I’m writing in response to Daily News articles that pertain to the planned commercial use of the Carlanna Lake Trail with guided hiking tours.

We’re surprised by the number of lists and rankings that continue to arrive in Daily News’ email inbox.

When Elizabeth Peratrovich spoke before the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1945, little did she know that 75 years later her image would be imposed on a coin.

A cruise ship now under quarantine in Yokohama, Japan, represents a serious test for the industry.

Political affiliations aside, it’s greatly dismaying to watch and listen to President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this past week.

Ketchikan, the headquarters for the Alaska Marine Highway System, is in dire need of state leadership.

On a lighter note, we’ve appreciated the lengthening of daytime in Ketchikan.

The Alaska Department of Transportation on Tuesday released the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for federal fiscal years 2020-2023, and is requesting public comment through March 20.

BP has been an outstanding corporate citizen of Alaska and will be genuinely missed — not only for its technical skills in managing the Prudhoe Bay production, but for its philanthropic contributions to the quality of life in our state. Alaskans owe BP thanks for all it has done.

There are health and safety issues, and then there are health and safety issues.

Last week, I shared with you my vision for the Last Frontier – an agenda that highlights the priorities of Alaskans from Kotzebue to Ketchikan. It’s time to examine the way things have always been done. It’s time to leave behind the “that-won’t-work-in-Alaska” crowd.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy had been set to launch his “Conversations with Alaskans” tour on Monday evening in Petersburg, but had to cancel the event because of inclement weather.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was left no choice.

Public testimony is scheduled to begin within the week on a constitutional amendment regarding gubernatorial vetos.

So, what was the estimated economic cost of alcohol and drug misuse in Alaska during 2018?

In these polarized times, can people still disagree without being disagreeable?

The youth vaping epidemic isn’t exclusive to outside Ketchikan.

Again, Alaska is fortunate to have Bert Stedman in the Senate and as co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

In 1982, Alaska’s voters demonstrated their wisdom by approving our current constitutional spending limit (Article IX, Sec. 16). That amendment was prompted by the brave leadership of Gov. Jay Hammond. When he was confronted with a bloated capital budget from the Legislature, he used the thr…

It isn’t too early to plan a road trip out of Ketchikan.

It might come as a surprise to some, but in the midst of Alaska’s beautiful outdoor surroundings, we have a human trafficking problem. Human trafficking takes two forms—labor trafficking and sex trafficking. As Alaska’s attorney general, one of my priorities is to combat this scourge and eli…

Tourism is intangibly linked to the timber industry, but it saw a couple logjams break this week.

Congratulations to Juneau artist Pat Race, whose nifty “I Voted” stickers that he designed in 2018 for the Alaska Department of Elections have been recognized by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission as among the five most creative and original voting stickers across the country.

I believe there really is an achievable solution that can save our ferry system from passing into oblivion. Action must be taken right now with the Legislature and the Administration initiating two major policy changes.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s Board of Ethics met on Monday, a reminder that our local borough is serious about maintaining a standard of behavior for its elected officials and personnel.

President Trump can take it. His wife and minor son shouldn’t have to.

Seventy-eight years ago, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship sank within nine minutes, claiming the lives of 1,177 in the U.S. Navy.

The Christmas season has arrived in Ketchikan, giving us even more incentives to visit local shops and businesses.

Our congratulations goes to the communities of Cordova and Westport, Washington, both of which are designated now as “Coast Guard Cities.”

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Newly Elected Officials Training and Alaska Municipal League in Anchorage. For those who’re unaware of or haven’t attended the conference, it’s basically a congregation of local government nerds discussing issues that impact our communities. The N…

Ketchikan has reason to be thankful — even a week after Thanksgiving Day.