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Opinion

Ketchikan is anticipating 1.4 million cruise ship passengers during the 2022 season.

The Daily News is fortunate in its many supporters.

Election Day for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, City of Ketchikan and City of Saxman is coming up on Oct. 5.

The big one might get most of the attention, but little bugs are around, too.

Many of us know from experience the value of a kindness received during a difficult time.

It’s coming back to Ketchikan next year.

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It’s amazing that access to the North American road system — not to mention roaded access to and through Central and South America  — is available just 91 nautical miles from Ketchikan at Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Ketchikan — and all other Alaska port towns and entities involved in large cruise ship tourism — can appreciate the Alaska congressional delegation’s successful effort in May to secure a federal waiver that cleared the route for cruise ships to return to the Last Frontier in 2021.

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When the chapter about the COVID-19 pandemic is written in Alaska's history, it will be remembered as a time of resilience, shared sacrifice, and the never-give-up spirit that lives within all Alaskans. With new tools for economic development and prosperity, I believe we can come back strong…

The Southeast Conference convened its annual meeting Tuesday to discuss all manner of the region’s economy.

I want a brighter future, not a state that people have been leaving for a record four years in a row. We can do better than the loss of thousands of good-paying jobs, a needed marine highway this governor is trying to sink, and less opportunity to succeed.

It’s National Small Business Week — a great opportunity to reflect on the local enterprises operated by our friends and neighbors and what they mean to Ketchikan.

Much has been made of Sept. 12, 2001 this past weekend as the community joined other Alaskans in marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.

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A plan laid out six thousand miles away 20 years ago affects Ketchikan to this day.

Ketchikan’s American Legion post has a project with kids in mind.

On Sept. 2, Gov, Mike Dunleavy expanded his special session agenda to include two pieces of legislation that will strengthen the state’s ongoing response to the recent COVID-19 surge.

It was difficult to not get jealous this week when seeing photos of the former Alaska ferries Fairweather and Chenega being offloaded under brilliantly blue skies at Sant Antoni in Ibiza, Spain.

Southeast Alaska is at a unique crossroads in its management of the Tongass National Forest. How will reimposition of the 2001 Roadless Rule impact development of natural resources like geothermal, hydroelectric and mineral resources? As stewards of these public lands, we need deliberative a…

Local governments will be finalizing a legislative priority list in the upcoming weeks.

As major league baseball starts to wind down, Alaska is pitching a prize.

As the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours.”

September is National Preparedness Month, a designation that prompts government and other entities to issue worthy announcements encouraging citizens to prepare for the emergency situations that can arise in Alaska.

The upcoming Labor Day Weekend signals the end of summer and the closing out of summertime activities.

Tuesday will be a milestone day in Ketchikan.

Reconfiguring of the state ferry Hubbard for crew quarters should be done at the Ketchikan Shipyard — if at all possible.

The candidate-filing period for the upcoming local elections closed Wednesday — and the community should be pleased with the number of local individuals who have stepped forward with a willingness to serve in elected office.

Alder leaves on local roadways signal the change of seasons ahead.

Ketchikan is known for supporting its kids’ academics and activities.

As the commercial fishing season for salmon in Southeast Alaska continues toward its conclusion, it’s interesting to see the harvest volume trends for the various salmon species in the region.

The first day of school is Thursday for some students and Friday for others.

The Ketchikan School Board approved a plan for schools to open in response to the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus this fall.

It's been an interesting few days for Alaska electoral politics.

Looking back 100 years, Alaska — even before statehood — has heralded its natural resources and what their development contributes or could.

It’s encouraging to see active interest in mineral development in southern Southeast Alaska.

Ketchikan is a premiere arts community in Alaska.

Redrawing the legislative districts in Alaska is underway.

It’s good to see the renovation work progressing at the former Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility  — soon to be the new site of the Women In Safe Homes shelter.

Many good things happen in Ketchikan through the efforts of the good people who volunteer their time and skills.

Alaska has operated with a budget deficit for almost a decade.