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The state Legislature convened this week to begin what is anticipated to be an onerous session.

It’s exciting to see Smithsonian magazine featuring six Native artists from Southeast Alaska.

One year ago today, a small news brief appeared on page 10 of the Jan. 21, 2020, edition of the Ketchikan Daily News.

Joe Biden will become president of the United States in a swearing-in ceremony today.

 The first step in recovering from any addiction is to tell the truth — admit the addiction, admit its consequences. This is something we still seem unwilling to do with our addiction to oil, particularly here in Alaska.

We think today of all the people who would be here with us today if we all could get along.

Alaska’s Legislature convenes Tuesday, and Alaskans’ and the Alaska congressional delegation’s attention should be on Alaska.

In a year that robbed many Alaskans of their sense of routine – their quality time together, their health, their livelihoods — AmeriCorps members were given the greatest gift, the gift to serve. 2020 was hard on our state, our country, and on the entire world. We watched as any sense of norm…

Many Ketchikan residents of a certain age remember what commercial air travel was like before 9/11.

Back in December, Congress approved more than $3 million to continue and expand monitoring baseline water quality at the international borders of transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska.

President-elect Joe Biden would do well to take the oath of office privately and dispense with any ceremony that places him in danger.

Alaska’s congressional delegation is applauding the U.S. Navy’s Arctic strategy document that was released this past week.

Alaskans recognized Law Enforcement Appreciation Day over the weekend.

Alaska reached a decades-long goal this week.

The initial excitement about the COVID-19 vaccine is devolving into confusion as Alaskans try to figure out who can be vaccinated when and where.

The awarding of a contract to build two new NOAA research ships should pique Ketchikan’s interest.

It’s good to hear that the Inter-Island Ferry Authority will be able to once again assist the Alaska Marine Highway System with service between Ketchikan and Metlakatla later this month while the AMHS vessel that usually serves the route is undergoing maintenence.

Many people in Ketchikan and across Alaska have a long acquaintance with Don Young, the Alaska Republican who now is serving his 25th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ketchikan — as with most of Alaska — will benefit from the year-end appropriations bill passed by Alaska’s congressional delegation in concurrence with colleagues in Congress this past week.

If this were a normal year in Ketchikan, the days following Christmas would be filled with the sounds of cheering crowds, pep band music and basketballs echoing off the hardwood floor of Ketchikan High School’s Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

This is the story of Jesus’ birth — the reason for Christmas Day, as printed in the New Living Bible.

On Dec. 11, I introduced a budget containing a $5 billion recovery package to get Alaska back on its feet. There is no doubt we are facing a once-in-a-generation challenge. With 40,000 Alaskans on unemployment and 90,000 having received assistance this year, we are in unprecedented territory…

Alaska’s economy has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take time, there is reason for hope. As we look to Alaska’s future and work to make it the best possible, we can look back and reflect on past accomplishments, which ar…

A far distance spans between a windswept beach in Alaska and the hushed chambers of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Nine months ago today, the Ketchikan EOC announced the first positive test result for COVID-19 in Ketchikan.

I’m confident I speak for Alaskans everywhere when I say that our hearts go out to the people of Southeast Alaska. In past weeks, torrential rain and winds approaching hurricane speeds have caused widespread damage up and down the Panhandle.

It was a pleasure to open a recent email from the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and find a festive batch of announcements that included a bright red notice of particular interest.

Ketchikan is outstanding with its decorating this Christmas season.

A year-long pandemic calls to mind a time when Ketchikan took pride in a multi-faceted economy.

The Gulf of Alaska is the site of a critical military training area where the U.S. Navy has trained safely and effectively for more than 30 years alongside our partner military services, particularly during the biennial training exercise known as Northern Edge.

This past week’s storm that walloped Southeast Alaska drew an appropriate response from Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who on Saturday signed a declaration of disaster emergency for the region.

It didn't take long for an effort to resume cruise ship operations to hit a COVID-19 related snag, quite unfortunately.

The U.S. House on Tuesday approved the Water Resources Development of Act of 2020, which now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.