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Opinion: Time is Inevitable

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Illustration by: Zoe Spencer

Brittany Slick
Online Editor

Time is inevitable.
One second, I’m eight years old eating chewy granola bars and only worrying about when the next episode of Hannah Montana is on. Then in a blink, I’m 17 about to graduate high school, filling out college applications and preparing to get thrown out into the world by myself. So this begs the question: where did time go?
Time goes the same speed for everyone. But the only thing that differentiates your time from the person next to you is how you utilize it.
And to be honest, it terrifies me to think that I might one day not use my time for anything interesting. I only have 24 hours in a day. Say I use eight of those hours for sleep and another eight for school. That leaves a whole third of my day to do what we call “life”. Now, how am I gonna spend those free eight hours? This is essentially my experiences, my memories, and my time.
As the years go by, there’s a possibility that every day can become the same basic routine: wake up, go to work, come home, sleep. This repetitiveness can become strenuous to your mind’s perception of time. You throw in a birthday party here, a vacation there, but you are always warped into the same routine that becomes your life. After doing the exact same thing for so long, years seem like months and months seem like minutes.
Your morning alarm goes off at six, so you turn it off and wake up at noon. What if adulthood is like that? What if I turn off the alarm, go back to bed, and wake up a 30-year old?
I figured that time would move slower for a 30-year old in a routine, but these people actually believe time goes by faster.
Wait, nobody prepared me for this. My 17 years have already meshed together into what feels like a speedy five. Now you’re telling me that my life will go by faster than it already has? Great.
I think what scares me the most is that I will lose this perspective of cherishing the time I have now. Yes, I know, so cliche of me. But the truth of the matter is, my entire life is going to change in a mere nine months. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, worrying too far into the future as my time ticks down. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am excited for the years to come; graduating high school and going on to college. But I’m still scratching and clawing to make the most of what I have in front of me. All I have is right now. Senior year.

Opinion: From Benchwarmer to Dodgezilla

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Illustration by:  Zoe Spencer

Verona Kamberi
Editor in Chief

New Verona: Oh it’s just sweat I’ll wipe it off when I get done with PE.
Old Verona: Girl I’m allergic to sweating! That’s why I don’t do PE.
New Verona: Well gosh Verona are you just going to spend your whole life not working out?
Old Verona: I’ll only take PE when it’s a requirement and that’s it, I don’t want to waste a class period exercising, remember I’m focused on the important classes.
New Verona: Let me tell you about what I’ve experienced in PE class so far.
Old Verona: Like that’s going to make me see PE any different.. go ahead.
New Verona: When in your life do you get a chance to hit another student without getting in trouble?
Old Verona: Never… how would you feel if you got hit?
New Verona: Well my friend listen up, if somebody comes at you with a dodgeball you have to go all out like Gordon in the movie Dodgeball. Dodgeball is an intense game and sometimes I wish that I had a football hat to protect my head from all the head shots.
Old Verona: Alright alright I suppose, but aren’t you terrified of getting injured?
New Verona: Oh girl you have no idea, let me tell you, when a football player throws a ball you better run for your life unless you want a bloody nose.
Old Verona: Bloody nose… no thank you I’ve been elbowed once before not trying to relive that moment again (laughs).
New Verona: You know that feeling you get when you score higher than your classmates on a test… well you get that same feeling when you score a point for your team. Trust me sometimes I want to lowkey break into my happy dance, but you know at the same time I gotta act all tough (laughs).
Old Verona: Got to admit doing better than your friends on a test sets the bar really high for the level of excitement, but I’ll take your word about the whole game thing.
New Verona: Listen if you’re still worried about ruining your hair or having sweat overtake the smell of your $120 Coco Chanel Perfume, don’t be, just put the hairspray and perfume in your bag and you’re good to go (winks).
Old Verona: Won’t promise you anything my friend, but who knows maybe in a couple of years I’ll give PE a try.
New Verona: Marvelous, okay better go to gym class don’t want to lose my 5 points, oh btw it’s Friday dodgeball how perfect (laughs).

Opinion: ESPN Not CNN

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Illustration by Zoe Spencer

Kody Malouf
Opinion Editor

ESPN has been pioneering media for decades, they were the first 24 hour sports network. Now they’re leading the charge again of so-called sports networks, covering politics instead of actual sports. ESPN has become a political news network who happens to cover sports. The network champions opinions and free speech, as long as they align with their left-wing agenda. Jemele Hill, the co-host of “SportsCenter”, can tweet “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” and nothing happens. But former ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling, was fired for tweeting a meme about a new transgender bathroom law. The network explained he “violated their policy prohibiting analysts to discuss politics.”
Fivethirtyeight.com is a website hosted by ESPN. It replaced the ground-breaking Grantland, a collection of innovative features that linked sports and pop culture. Fivethirtyeight does something similar, using analytics to dive deeper into sports and the things that surround them. It also has a politics section which is almost exclusively filled with articles like “Reluctant Trump Voters Are Getting More Reluctant,” and “Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost?” Every time I turn on ESPN it’s always Stephen A. Smith yelling about how unfairly Colin Kaepernick is treated or how much Lebron James hates Donald Trump. We as sports fans, want to watch programming about sports, not Stephen A. and Max Kellerman doing their best Rachel Maddow impressions.
ESPN is shooting itself in the foot here. Their ratings are tanking, they’ve had to lay off massive amounts of high-profile employees, and their credibility continues to drop thanks to political incidents like the network pulling an announcer from a University of Virginia football game because his name was Robert Lee… like the confederate general *facepalm*. Ironic that just like ESPN’s champion of all that is good and right, Colin Kaepernick’s career continues to die, as does ESPN itself. Politics is an inescapable fact of everyday life, and sadly I think ESPN is somewhat of a precursor to a growing epidemic of politics invading every aspect of our society. Don’t expect this trend to fade anytime soon.

KODY’S CONFESSIONS

Kody Malouf
Editor

The tour season is almost over and I have to get something off my chest,
…I told tourists that eagles eat cats and dogs on a daily basis…
…after the Grand Princess hit a whale, I said a dead humpback washed up on the beach at my house, and my brothers and I swam out and jumped on it like a trampoline…(they loved that one)…
…someone asked me if we had a McDonalds, I said, “yeah, and it holds the world record for the most opening day sales”…
…on our way through Bear Valley, I said bears live in people’s backyards and some even take cubs and raise them as pets…
I’ve honestly told these lies so much that I can’t even remember if they actually happened or not
…people are always amazed at the amount of fish in Ketchikan Creek, wait till they find out we run across their backs when the stream gets full…
…someone wanted to know about sharks here, so I said that salmon shark are all over the place here and attack swimmers and boaters all the time…
…fishing is always a topic of conversation, the biggest halibut I’ve caught was 800lbs, oh yeah and I had to shoot it with a shotgun…
…well this one time I was fishing and a deer swam in front of my boat, so we drove over to it and hauled it on deck by its antlers, best fishing trip ever…
…speaking of deer, my dad shoots them out of his bedroom window when they walk down my driveway…(don’t worry it’s legal)…
…no but really, in the winter I take my dogsled to school…
…also did you know that 75% of the town lives on a boat?…(if you don’t like the neighborhood, you can just move)…
…this one time my dad’s diving partner got laid on by a grey whale while he was diving…(oh wait that one actually happened)…

 

 

 

The Odd Couple

Verona Kamberi and Farren Linne
Feature Editors

I sit next to Farren and Verona every day during 5th period in journalism. For every common interest they share, they have two differences that set them apart. They work well together and have their priorities set straight. However, where Farren seems to be a social butterfly outside of school, Verona is more of a caterpillar that just spends time curled up in her cocoon. -Carlos Orta

Farren: Hey Verona, what’re you doing after school?

Verona: Oh you know just going straight home, wbu?

Farren: I have soccer practice.

Verona: Gosh I can’t stand sports I don’t know how you can manage playing a sport and controlling your grades.

Farren: You don’t like sports are you kidding me?!(jaw drops)

Verona: Yeah they don’t entertain me whatsoever.

Farren: You’re crazy! Well, if you don’t like sports then what do you like?

Verona: Uhm…. not really sure what I like (laughs).

Farren: Hmm… well what about hiking, or fishing, or camping?

Verona: No way those things are wayyyy out of my interests.

Farren: You live in Alaska and you don’t enjoy the outdoors… who are you?(puzzled)

Verona: Hahaha I myself don’t even know why I hate the outdoors. Just the fact of being outside, especially somewhere where trees surround me, I start to freak out and get uncomfortable.

Farren: I’ve literally known you since first grade.. How did I not know this? What do you do on the weekends?

Verona: You have my friend, but you don’t really know the “Verona” outside of school. I am very boring in some cases. On the weekends I stay at home or go over to my cousin’s house or I do my homework.

Farren: Oh Verona, do you ever go out to the movies with friends? Go shopping, maybe get a tan! Go on a drive, I mean there’s truly a lot to do in this little town you just gotta open your eyes!

Verona: I’ve gone to the movies about two times this year, I go on drives by myself once in awhile, but yo I have an interest in tanning! How much does tanning cost?

Farren: Hey I finally found something! It’s about $8 I think.

Verona: Eight dollars an hour (shocked face)!!

Farren: AN HOUR?! You’d be a tomato!! Please don’t go more than 20 minutes.

Verona:  Oh my friend sometimes I don’t think of what I’m saying. Any tips for going tanning? Can I bring my cellular device in there with me?

Farren: No it will ruin your brain by blowing up in the bed cause it gets too hot.(smirks)

Verona: Oh lawd thanks for letting me know (laughs)!

Farren: Oh my you’re so gullible! But tbh I’m guessing you’re a phone junkie am I wrong?

Verona: You are 100% right about that. I’m super attached to my phone.

Farren: What do you even do on your phone all day?

Verona: Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Facebook, you know teenage stuff.

Farren: Doesn’t that get boring though?

Verona: No my friend, never do they get old. They are like water to a fish (laughs)

A few days later…

Farren: Hey Verona! I saw you at the soccer games! I was so surprised to see you. How was it? Did you have fun?!

Verona: Oh I loved it! I can’t believe that I actually survived watching all of the games. It was a great experience I met a few new people and had fun just talking with them.

Farren: Dang, I’m still so shocked. I knew you’d love it. Well now that you’ve welcomed yourself to the real world what’s next on the agenda?

Verona: Well.. I definitely will start going to games more whether it’s baseball or even track.

Farren: Proud of you Verona.

Verona: Merci Farren! You were totally right about just going out and interacting with people.

Farren: Yeah I know. It may not seem like something you’d like but once you go out and see how much fun these types of things are you open yourself up to even more exciting things.

Verona: Yeah that’s totally true. I dislike how I didn’t start doing this earlier in the year. I will definitely start going out a little bit more. Hey I gtg have to finish my homework, as usual, nice talking to you!

Farren: Haha sounds good. See you at school!

Staff Picks

Which artist would you most want to see perform at prom?

Gabe Bowlen:
Frank Sinatra could easily perform at a high school prom. Once the announcement comes on for the “last song”, he could slide in with the good o’l classic “The Way You Look Tonight”. It would be the subtle, yet perfect, transition from some upbeat dance music, to some slow smooth dance.

Shirlie White:
Oh for sure the Jonas Brothers, who wouldn’t want to see the band get back together at prom? Yeah I know this sounds silly but you can’t go wrong with the Jonas Brothers. The best boy band everyone grew up with, and how amazing would it to see them perform in a tiny town like Ketchikan? Having the Jonas Brothers perform would be lit.

Joey Karlik:
I was probably born in the wrong generation music-wise, but I have to go with the best live performer of all time. As soon as he goes on stage and his first song comes on, everyone would know who entered the room. Starting off with “Wanted Dead or Alive”, my choice is the man, the myth, the legend, Jon Bon Jovi. Not only would he out perform all of the rap genre artists combined, he has the perfect playlist to go along with it too.

Justin Albecker:
I hate following the large amount of basic teenage girls screaming for this man to come on stage and perform, but I have to say the 6 God himself, Drake. Drake has the largest variety of music, ranging from traditional rap to his sad R&B songs, he would fit perfectly in today’s prom.

Dante Troina:
There’s only one song that gets everyone at once lit at any dance ever “Crank That” by Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is possibly the greatest rapper of all time, and has the best dance moves of any artist ever; rumor has it that “Crank That” was originally written for Michael Jackson, but he insisted Soulja kept it because it was “too emotional”. Big Soulja would perform his one hit, and then get off the stage, which is all we need.

Kinani Halvorsen:
If I had to choose one person to play live at prom I personally would like to have Queen there performing. My taste in music is very diverse but I think Queen has most of the bases covered. You have the heavy bass line that young folk crave in songs like “Another One Bites the Dust”, you have your soulful slow songs like “Somebody to Love”, and you have your uptempo groove songs with songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and “I Want to Break Free”. Not to mention that lead singer Freddie Mercury is a total babe, just saying.

What to expect from Ketchikan

Jackson Pool
Staff Writer

Ketchikan. The First City of Alaska (not chronologically). There is definitely more to this small city than one might think. The key to having a good time while visiting, or living in Ketchikan, is to know the good things to do, and know how to avoid the tourist traps.
Ketchikan’s culinary scene… Sadly, it is quite abysmal. This is the one thing that Ketchikan lacks. However, there is some hidden gems. To get to those, you have to get through the bad ones.

Cape Fox is really a hit or miss restaurant. The view is great, and you get to ride the tram up, but the food is mediocre, and expensive. Service isn’t amazing either.

Bar Harbor is a very popular restaurant in Ketchikan, and widely regarded as the best. However, I have noticed that they lower the quality of their food come Spring/Summer time, it’s a tourist trap.

The Fish House is slightly expensive, but well worth the cost, they are always putting out genuinely good Alaskan seafood meals. Get the fish tacos, best in town by far.

Diaz Cafe is a small, Asian inspired restaurant, and it’s the best place to get food in town, I swear by it. It’s not “Alaskan Oriented”, but it is the best Asian food you’ll eat.

Sushi Palace has some amazing sushi and fast service, making it high on my list, they also serve salmon if you’re looking for that Alaskan vibe.

Lastly, Annabelles. Pretty good food for a good price, and close to the docks.

In short, you are really better off eating at a small shack or small restaurant than eating at our vastly overpriced restaurants.
Tours. We have a lot of tours. Tourism is the biggest part of our economy in Ketchikan. Kayaking, Ziplining, Floatplanes, multiple types of Fishing, Canoeing, the list is endless.

If you’re looking to Kayak, the only way to go is with Southeast Exposure. As a former guide, the Eagle Island Kayak Tour is one of the most informative and hands on tours in Ketchikan. At $90 a tour, you will not find a better bang for your buck. You’ll see plenty of wildlife (seals, birds, whales, starfish, salmon, etc.).

Better yet, if you’re a zipliner, Southeast Exposure has a great 9 zip course along with an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall, all for $125 a person.

Alaska Canopy Adventures specializes in ziplining, and starts at about $189 a person. They have 2 ziplining courses, where you get to both repel and go down a slide.

-Floatplanes are a great way to see our island, especially if you choose to go on a Misty Fjords tour, preferably with Taquan Air ($269 a person). Also, Allen Marine has great boating tours that head into the Misty Fjords, and it is more hands on.

If you’re about walking around by yourself, on a budget maybe, there is still plenty to do. Our downtown is historic and has a lot to offer, aside from the 1,000,000 jewelry stores we have.

Walking historic Creek Street is a good way to go, there is plenty of local shops.
If you feel like going hiking, Deer Mt. is a few hour trek, with amazing views of both the town and the Tongass National Forest.
Walk around downtown and check out all the stores, most have the same things, but all of them have different themes.

Ketchikan has a lot to offer, and is a great place to visit for a day or two. Living here isn’t so bad either. I’d like to think that Ketchikan is a different culture all its own. We aren’t like anyone else, and that’s why we can tolerate living on an island.