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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.

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.

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 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.

The willingness of Alaska’s U.S. senators to raise issues of importance to Alaskans was on full display Thursday afternoon during a floor session of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.

From April 14 through this Monday, the Ketchikan area enjoyed 13 straight days of sunshine without precipitation being recorded at Ketchikan International Airport.

The rush isn’t on for Real ID — not today.

Perhaps you’ve noticed the bright yellow items appearing along the highway in recent days.

Indications are that, step by careful step, Ketchikan is gaining ground on the pandemic.

The Alaska Marine Highway System should start from the beginning, realize the success it had in the early years and avoid its past mistakes.

Ketchikan welcomed Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday.

It’s National Volunteer Week, which provides a fine opportunity to recognize those who volunteer their time, assistance and skills right here in Ketchikan.

The ultimate goal is to achieve the best result for Alaska.

Kudos to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council for its extraordinary innovation in reimagining the Wearable Art Show for 2021.

After a long dry spell, Ketchikan will be taking the rain that Juneau doesn’t want.

Ketchikan is back on schedule with Spring Clean-Up Week.