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The Ketchikan City Council will make a gigantic decision within the week.

The brisk pace of Southeast Alaska’s commercial pot shrimp fishery that started on Oct. 1 is a reminder that Ketchikan and the broader region have a blue economy that operates year-round, bringing jobs and other economic benefits.

As if a fine weather day in Ketchikan wasn’t enough, we often find reminders from elsewhere that life in the First City compares rather well.

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It’s unfortunate, but not surprising that the Alaska School Activities Association is canceling state championships.

Our congratulations go to the winners of the Ketchikan area’s municipal elections, and thank you again to all candidates for your willingness to serve.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy begins Monday.

It’s time to move past the season.

On Election Day, a gentleman stopped in at the Ketchikan Daily News’ office after voting in Ketchikan’s municipal elections.

The State of Alaska is deciding how to disburse $50 million in federal CARES Act funding to participants in Alaska’s fisheries, and is asking for public input on the proposed plan.

A defect in the city’s website this week calls for a review of its vendor and the vendor’s system in order to restore public confidence.

Perhaps you’ve seen recent news about entities pondering flights or cruises “to nowhere” as a potentially safe way to encourage travel during the current pandemic.

One constant in Ketchikan life since March has been adaptation.

It's so obvious that we wonder why we didn't think of it before.

It’s widely known that COVID-19 has walloped the cruise industry.

When asked what to do in a difficult situation, our late publisher, Lew Williams III, simply said: “Just be honest.”

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has released its book of proposed changes to state fishery  management regulations in Alaska — including for finfish and shellfish in Southeast Alaska.

“Loose lips sink ships,” was the cautionary phrase used during WW II by the U.S. Office of War to discourage careless talk that might contain information useful to an enemy.

We can say it is important to vote. But you have to believe it to do it.

Cruise lines are understandably anxious to resume sailing from and to U.S. ports following months of being tied up at the dock because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A trillion and a half should do it.

It’s an absolute marvel that Ketchikan public schools opened for classes this week.

Every season has a particular feel in Ketchikan.

The clock is ticking on the 2020 Census.

The bright light in the sky this week is great.

2020 — unfortunately — has provided many circumstances that highlight the wisdom of being prepared for emergencies.

It’s an understatement to say that much has changed since the City of Ketchikan started its port project to accommodate a growing cruise ship industry.

Most Ketchikan residents likely were asleep at 4:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda terrorists crashed a hijacked Boeing 767 airliner into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Given the variety of viewpoints expressed during Tuesday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting, it was clear that the Assembly’s eventual 5-2 override of a mayoral veto would please some people and upset others.

Alaska is getting $7 million in child care funding from the federal government, while Congress entertains expanding access to child care because of the pandemic outbreak.

The numbers are up and down, and heading in the direction they should be.

Ketchikan is fortunate to have the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation continuing its beach marine water sampling program at 12 local recreation beaches this year.

One thing we’ve appreciated about the State of Alaska’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far is the availability of information.

Ketchikan people can handle rain.

The Alaska media did its job.

A little clarification can go a long way, and we hope that the statement issued Wednesday by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Wednesday represents his true view of the Alaska Bypass Mail system in Alaska.

Democracy takes participation, and Ketchikan voters should be encouraged by the number of candidates who will be participating in the upcoming municipal elections.

Alaska is truly amazing when it comes to hydroelectric projects.

Tracking the federal permitting process regarding the proposed Pebble Mine continues to be anything but simple.

Ketchikan is an attraction all year long — with or without the rain.

The window of opportunity for prospective 2020 municipal election candidates will be closing soon.

On the (mostly) lighter side, the data-crunchers and list-makers of the world continue to churn out rankings and survey results, many of which arrive at the Daily News’ inbox on a regular basis.