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It’s mid-June — already — and sharp-eyed locals who watch the waterfront know that some of Southeast Alaska’s commercial  fishing seasons are underway.

The City of Ketchikan in recent weeks presented the downtown core with a remarkable display of flags — perhaps in time for Flag Day, but certainly for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

The Daily News didn’t look like its usual self this week.

Alaska Rep. Don Young jumped into the federal infrastructure legislation debate on Thursday, proposing an alternative framework for a large-scale plan that could gain congressional consensus.

It's a great time of year, when Alaskans emerge from the long, dark winter and launch eagerly into the great outdoors, ready to experience again the freedom and natural beauty for which our state is so justifiably celebrated.

Ketchikan is welcoming the change that comes with moving the economy forward.

The bears make their grand appearance every spring by turning over trash cans and spreading the garbage hither and yon.

Alaskans have every right to be frustrated as the Legislature enters June still in session without a final budget, let alone a comprehensive plan to end this yearly cycle of uncertainty in place. I can assure you that I’m equally as frustrated by the gridlock.

Monday was such a beautiful day, and we couldn’t help but smile when opening an email from our friends at Northwest Maritime Center.

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No two issues stir the passion like dogs and ballfields.

It’s 45 days — give or take — until the cruise ships will return to Ketchikan.

It’s been a singular year for Ketchikan High School sports, with twists and turns and stops and starts resulting from the pandemic that’s also affected many other aspects of life here in Ketchikan and beyond.

While ignorance can be bliss, information can bring something better.

Once again the federal government has undermined a state — Alaska.

This Memorial Day Weekend, Ketchikan and southern Southeast Alaska will remember their own who joined the armed services and made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States.

Our congratulations go to the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus, which has been recognized by the U.S Department of Transportation’s Marine Administration as one of 27 “Centers of Excellence” across the nation that prepare students for maritime careers.

Surrounded by water as we are, many Ketchikan-area residents are involved in recreational boating.

Alaska was anticipated to welcome 1.3 million tourists by cruise ship in 2020 before the pandemic brought tourism to a halt. The economic loss from a canceled cruise ship season in 2020 alone totals $3 billion, with 2,180 businesses at direct risk — many of which are small family owned busin…

Alaska and British Columbia officials met virtually this past week to discuss results of a joint water-monitoring study undertaken in the transboundary watersheds of the Unuk, Taku and Stikine rivers.

There isn’t anything wrong with savoring a win.

The past year has reinforced the importance of a diversified economy.

It goes to show that no problem is too big for a solution.

We often bemoan the current condition of the Alaska Marine Highway System, so it’s definely fitting to note the more positive things here, as well.

A couple days like we’ve had at the start of this week has us in the mood for a summer.

The State of Alaska’s Department of Transportation recently released its proposed ammendments to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and it’s good to see Ketchikan projects continuing to be on the list for upcoming construction.

A big green-thumbs up to the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, volunteers and grant-funders involved in starting a new community garden network here in Ketchikan.

Contrary to what is best for Alaskans, the Biden administration has issued a Public Land Order.

It was close, but the Ketchikan City Council’s recent 4-3 vote to approve $20,000 to co-fund a community tourism strategy project with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough was the right thing to do.

This past week — maybe two — is another chapter in Ketchikan's history.

Rules are made and followed in order to ensure fair play.

Ketchikan supports Love in Action and LIA is here for the community.

Alaska’s House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation that represents a step in a good direction for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The plight of the Native woman has been largely ignored through the decades.

Ketchikan is on an island, but it isn’t isolated — not when it comes to the novel coronavirus.

Superintendent Beth Lougee ended her tenure with the Ketchikan School District this week.

Alaska is on the global forefront of high seas traffic. Cargo ships, fishing vessels, cruise liners and military assets from other nations ply the waters of the Pacific and Arctic Oceans at a higher level than any other point in history. Russia has 40 icebreaking vessels in its fleet with mo…