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What are you looking forward to this winter?

Thomas Brooks:
The only thing I get excited about in winter is long nights on the couch with Netflix, egg nog, and the portable fireplace running. Besides when it’s raining, the winter is the only time I have an excuse to do just about nothing. As a kid, the winter used to be my favorite season but as I’ve grown up, winter has lost some of its appeal. The snow makes for some terrible driving conditions, but there are some perks such as my family’s Christmas Eve party, Christmas, and of course, New Year’s Eve. So overall I’d say I don’t enjoy the snows of winter, but the time of year is always a good time to spend with friends, family, and Netflix.

Lezille Sagrado:
The holidays for me usually consist of reuniting with “long-time-no-see” family members, a BUNCH of food, Christmas movies, and basketball. I’m especially excited about all the great traditional Filipino food I’m going to have. You’ll probably catch me staying inside the whole winter as I’m not really the biggest fan of the snow. Christmas time also means a lot of basketball! I’m looking forward to playing and watching basketball games at the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic this year since I wasn’t able to go for the past couple years due to Christmas vacations. Hope 2017 is good to me!

Justin Albecker:
There is nothing like winter time in Southeast Alaska. One day it will be snowing, then the very next it will turn into a slushy mess. That means it is prime time to lay down, ruin a diet, wear big sweaters, catch up on much needed sleep, and be forced to listen to the same boring Christmas songs over and over again. Winter is the offseason for me, so I will actually have a free weekend for once! Overall, this winter will be a time for relaxation, so nobody better wake me up until school starts up again.

Kody Malouf:
Everyone knows that the best thing about winter in Ketchikan is the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic. It’s the most prestigious basketball tournament in Alaska and it’s always so much fun. I’m looking forward to making some dank signs and making the student section lit as usual. I hope I don’t have to carry the pep club too much this year; but regardless of what everyone else does, I’m going all out. I’m going to make it my personal mission that everyone in pep club knows the cheers and participates in them. So if you’re not going to cheer, don’t sit in the pep section.

Max Collins:
I always get excited in the winter time for the snow to start falling. Summer is a great thing for our community, but I really like to ski. I have skied my entire life and it has become a major hobby for myself. Winter is the time to chill with your family and enjoy relaxation. I am looking forward to eating lots of food and spending time with great people. It is always an enjoyable feeling to do nothing especially after having a long tiring wrestling season. Skiing, eating, and spending time with family is what I’m impatiently waiting for.

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What’s your reaction to the presidential election?

Jackson Pool:
Such a surprising outcome, but a very beneficial one for America. Trump taking some of the usual democratic states was extremely unexpected. The secret Trump voters that were too ashamed to express it publicly came through in the end. But the social media today, especially Twitter, is so hostile and entertaining. Hashtags like ‘#NotMyPresident’ and ‘#Trump’, and people saying that Trump supporters support rape and sexual assault? This is what America has come to without even having Trump in the White House, they’re not giving him a chance and comparing him to Hitler. Americans don’t realize how much power Congress has along with the House of Representatives. Trust the process.

Max Collins:
I didn’t like either candidate but I was pretty sure Clinton would win. When Donald Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin from there I knew he had sealed the deal. It was crazy. The strange thing was that many of the counties that once voted Obama turned to Donald Trump’s side this year and it was a major key to his success.  America is changing and it definitely will in the next four years. Even without choosing any sides, I was still nervous myself. Maybe Trump will not do as bad as I think with the stocks still being relatively steady. Let’s make America great again.        

Jack Carson:
I am surprised with this outcome because going into this election no one thought that Trump was going to win. All the polls and the news stations were saying that Clinton was way ahead of trump and that she was going to run away with the presidency. The thing is that when people came out from the polls they said they voted for Clinton because they were probably scared to say they voted for Trump, which was exactly what they did and look who ended up winning the presidency. Some people said that “Oh, i’m not going to vote because Clinton is already going to win” so they didn’t vote, then turns out Trump wins so now what are those guys thinking. Donald Trump. New president.  

Joey Karlik:
Another true underdog story was just made last night and I was happy. I’ve never been a political person, I didn’t really have a side mostly because I am 16. All the polls were around 80% in Hillary’s favor but that quickly changed. It started with the biggest key state, Florida, where he won by 1.3% and sent him off and running. Everyone in my household was nervous. My grandparents are Republicans, my dad is Independent, and my mom is the Democrat. Any other day she would have been hated on, but it happened to be her birthday… birthday well spent right? I certainly thought so.

Nate Eisenhower:
Either way people were going to be upset with the election, but he’s not even in office yet so we should be patient before stating the pros and cons. Hillary supporters claimed they supported America, yet protesters are outside the White House yelling expletives at Trump and burning flags then posting videos of it on social media. With every candidate there will be pros and cons. I’m happy Trump won and will patiently wait to see if he really is going to do some of the bad things he’s said. A true business man will listen to the people around him, so if America wants something different from what he originally came up with, he won’t be ignorant like Hillary. She thought everything she believed was so right and nothing could be better than her policies, that’s not democracy, that’s insanity. Time will only tell what America can be.

Kody Malouf :
President Trump, it sounds weird actually saying it. Nobody gave Donald Trump a chance, from the very beginning he led every poll, but all of the news organizations brushed it off, “those poll numbers don’t translate into success in the primaries”, they said. “Trump will implode in a matter of months.” Then, after Trump proved everyone wrong and won almost every primary and secured the nomination, people once again started saying how he couldn’t beat the Clinton machine, yet he went toe to toe with her in polling for a long time and in three debates. But everyone still counted him out, they just couldn’t get their minds around a Trump presidency. Every polling organization had Trump down and out, even up until Monday! Yet once again, Trump has proven everyone wrong and pulled off the biggest political upset in history, except I expected it all along.

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Who wins the World Series?

Tug Olson: Indians
Cubs, Indians. Game 7. Winner takes it all. That winner is going to be the Cleveland Indians. They’ve got a ruthless bullpen with THE Andrew Miller, who has only allowed one run this entire postseason and has racked up 29 strikeouts. We may not even see the Indians bullpen because they are putting Corey Kluber on the mound, who is looking to be the first starting pitcher to win three games in the World Series in 48 years. These aren’t the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors, they won’t blow their 3-1 series lead.

Gabe Bowlen: Cubs
Kyle Hendricks is starting on the mound tonight for the Chicago Cubs, and will pitch until the ninth inning with a shutout. Then, Aroldis Chapman is going to relieve tonight and throw nine pitches for three outs to win it. All those college gameday signs will say “Cleveland blew a 3-1 series lead,” and not say “Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead.” Cleveland will get Clevelanded. Lebron can’t save the Indians.

Jack Carson: Indians
The Indians are going to win game 7 because Corey Kluber is lights out. The Indians have a big home advantage and they will be all pumped up ready to go. I think that the Indians bats are gonna come out tonight and they are going to put up some big numbers in the World Series. The Indians are going to blow out the Cubs. I also want the Indians to win because the Cubs beat the Dodgers and that sucked.

Max Collins: Indians
Pitching usually rules the game and I think it will tonight. Corey Kluber from the Indians has had a tremendous season and could give the Cubs a hard time. The Indians have to pay attention to Kyle Hendricks who is starting on mound for the Cubs. Cleveland was the drought city of all sports – until the Cavs won the NBA Finals. It would be cool to see them walk off with the the series. The last time the Cubs won was 108 years ago so as fans we are very fortunate to have two franchises that deserve this victory. The Cubs won the last two and it has come down to the wire, but I still have faith in the Indians.  

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Is Halloween important?

Pablo Orta: Is Halloween an important holiday? Heck no! Should we keep it as a holiday? Heck yeah! Who doesn’t love dressing up and walking up to awesomely decorated houses to get candy? Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream? No one, that’s who. So while Halloween may not serve a religious, cultural, or emotional purpose, it doesn’t need to. Halloween serves one single purpose, to give kids something to look forward to in the gloomy month of October, and that’s perfectly fine.

Avery Olson: Define the word important. We definitely don’t get to miss school for this “Holiday”. Halloween seems like the ugly friend of Christmas. I’ve never been a fan, but it’s fun to have an excuse to eat all that leftover candy.

Tug Olson: If you break Halloween down from a fundamental standpoint, you’ve got costumes, the ability to stay out a little later than usual, and free candy. To me, not a single one of those is important. These aspects make Halloween fun, but as I get older, the interest level of dressing up, goes down, and I have homework, so I can’t stay up all night hyped up on candy. Halloween is even losing it’s pizazz this year, falling on a Monday. We all can attend school dressed outrageously for one day and that’s about it because you’ve got to get up and go to school the next day. Some people love dressing up and getting in the scary mood, but for me, Halloween isn’t that important. I would rather just go home and watch My Name is Earl.

Jacob Smith: Halloween isn’t really a holiday. It’s like an excuse to wear weird, scary, or just gross stuff in public. Through the years, I have found less involvement in the madhouse that is Halloween. I’m in that awkward in between stage where I can’t Trick-or-Treat, but I can’t go to those adult parties, so Halloween turns into my typical night, Netflix and sit alone. So to some people, Halloween is this “WHOO! Chocolate all night long!” and all in holiday. Others just kind of brush it off and wait for Thanksgiving. I like Halloween, and I like my fun-sized Snickers, but I don’t want to leave the couch dressed up as Harry Potter to get some.

Mey Tuinei: We go to school, we go to work- is this even a holiday? Important? Debatable. If I wanted a night of stuffing my face with candy and watching scary movies, I’d just do it. This doesn’t mean I’m against others dressing up and seeking the thrill of being scared. I have my splurge days and girls’ nights to take a break from everyday life, to let loose and have fun and America has days like this, Halloween.


Staff Picks: Clowns, should you be worried?

Gabriel Bowlen: This fall has been full of clown sightings, especially in the southern part of the country. I’m honestly thinking about going to Walmart and buying my own clown mask. Not to join them, but to blend in, like camouflage. But really, the best way to avoid these clowns is to just go the other way, or if you can’t go anywhere else, just notify someone, and especially notify the cops. If an officer of the law is scared of a stupid clown, then I think people should worry. Other than that, you should just stand your ground, and not panic.

Henning Pankow: Many of these people dressing up as clowns are doing it for attention and to get a reaction out of people. In many ways they are like the classic elementary school bully. How were you supposed to deal with a bully? Don’t fight back or show emotion or give them any reason to keep pestering you. Simply remain calm and report him to the principle. This same tactic works with these clowns. Don’t freak out and scream because that’s exactly what they want you to do, just back away and call the cops. If they do inflicted harm against you, you have every right to fight back, so it may be smart to keep a weapon on you if there have been sightings of clowns near you.

Juan Orta: This clown problem is nothing to be worried about. It’s nothing but a couple of immature guys running around the country trying to make the news headlines. But, if you are seriously concerned and think that you and your loved ones are in danger, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to carry around some pepper spray. Although, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that you need a gun or any sort of lethal weapon to keep you safe. If you happen to spot a clown in the street, instead of turning to violence and beating the clowns like many people have this past week, stay out of their way and inform the police. Just to be safe and don’t let your kids run around the neighborhood alone this Halloween.

Izaak Jensen: The clown problem people have been seeing has been nothing real. About ten percent of the clown sightings are real while the rest are fake, planned out videos, fabricated to make a scene. The chances of you driving down a spur road and seeing a clown are not very high. That clown would either have to be very lucky and probably be all hot and sweaty from wearing costume all day with a chance of no one going by at all. It doesn’t seem like there are enough psychopaths in the world to account for all the clown sightings that have been uploaded on the internet. I don’t think this is anything to even be concerned about.

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Staff Picks:  What is the best outdoors brand?

Jackson Pool: Grundens is the best outdoor brand. It’s the perfect gear for rugged Alaskans. Grundens gear keeps you dry and warm, while also being comfortable. Whether it’s fishing, hunting, or hiking, I always have my rain coat, rain pants, and my favorite hat, which all happen to be Grundens. As long as I live, I’ll be sporting my Grundens.

Alec Simmons: Sitka Gear hands down is the best outdoor gear money can buy. It’s able to handle the weather in Alaska, as well as in warmer conditions, where it enables comfort to users. I have had no problems with the gear over the years. I have the Timberline pants as my outdoors pant. The Gore-Tex knee pads are rugged and are perfect for the timber or alpine. The Kelvin Lite hoody and an underlayer coat called a core lightweight hoody which match well while I sport my Timberline pants. With the gear I have comfort has never been a problem and it has kept me warm in my time wearing them outdoors.

Jack Carson: The best outdoor brand is no doubt Patagonia. I have used plenty of Patagonia in the past years whether it is fishing, hiking, or backcountry skiing. Patagonia beats The North Face or REI because Patagonia has more to offer on several different levels of outdoors. North Face is great, I love it, but they don’t have a fishing section or make waders like Patagonia does, that’s why Patagonia has the one up on North Face.  It’s always a great feeling knowing that your gear you wear won’t you down, and that’s why I wear Patagonia.  

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Staff Picks: Who won the Presidential Debate?

Avery Olson: Who won the debate? Did anyone? After eliminating the zodiac killer and throw-money-towards-colleges Sanders, here we stand. When looking at the two, Hillary and Donald, (Yes, we’re on first name basis) we pick apart the pros and cons between both but looking at all of America… How the heck did we narrow it down to these two hypocrites. Right now media is more focused on making memes out of them than what’s best for us. Is this the future I’m supposed to look forward too?  

Kyra Welker:  I don’t recall watching a Presidential Debate, rather, I watched two grown children quarrel on live television. The majority of the time I truly believed I was watching a comedy show, but in reality these two, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will have their names printed on every ballot across the United States by November. Thank you America for keeping these two in the running to lead our country. Instead… #FeelTheJohnson (Gary Johnson), and maybe then we could have a president who could lead us like a mature adult.

Jacob Smith: In God we DO NOT trust either candidate for president. This debate was pointless, and didn’t get me to lean either way. A debate is not supposed to be a roast, a debate is supposed to be an intellectual confrontation between two adults, not immature children yelling back and forth. Politicians were always thought of as noble people, with values. But this has taken a lot away from the title of being a politician. We need a real leader again. Trudeau, 2016.

Pablo Orta: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get lost on a deserted island, who stays safe? America!!! I’m glad I ended up having to work so I could avoid watching this whole debate; because after the first thirty minutes of what I would consider to be childish bickering, I lost complete faith in the future of America. I’d rather have Gary Busey as president than have to pick one of these two oafs.

Mey Tuinei: Who won the presidential debate? Those of us who kept the television shut off. To be capable of leading a country, being civilized role models is a given. Social media and these debates perceive Hilary and Donald to be the complete opposite. I stopped caring about the election a long time ago when real candidates crumbled under “Make America Great Again” slogans and a woman whom I would send complaint emails to but we all know how’d that turn out.