As I was giving my dog a good loving and tummy rub this morning, I noticed that she had an awful case of doggie breath.
Growing up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, I thought spring and summer couldn’t come too quickly. I often tagged along with my mother on grocery shopping trips. As we wheeled the cart around the larger-than-life bins in the produce section, Mom would pull up to the display of oranges like a …
Jude 1:17-23 (NIV) — “But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.’ These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have th…
The Kodiak Arts Council presented a Valentine gift to the community with the presentation of “Letters Aloud,” a reading of love letters written by well-known people.
As a few scientists hiked a path between the ice towers of a Southeast Alaska glacier and crashing ocean waves in 2016, they topped a ridge and saw massive tree trunks poking from gravel ahead. The dead, sheared-off rainforest stems pointed toward the ocean like skeletal fingers.
Though we were not able to hold our annual Valentine’s Day party honoring all those 80 and older, we did have a king and queen for that luncheon. Kodiak island has 195 people 80 and older. That is an amazing number compared to 20 years ago.
Matthew 4:1-4 (NV) — “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written, ‘Man doe…
It can get pretty rowdy at Oceans Church United on a Wednesday night. But it’s a good kind of noise. Youngsters, from middle schoolers to high schoolers, engage in high-energy activities that are part of Oceans’ Anchor Youth program.
Seafood sales “are on fire” in America’s supermarkets and one king salmon from Southeast Alaska is worth the same as two barrels of oil. ($116.16 for a troll-caught Chinook salmon averaging 11 pounds at the docks versus $115.48 for two barrels of oil at $57.74 per barrel on Feb. 3.)
As if you didn’t already know, Sunday is Valentine’s Day. But did you know that more flowers are sold on Valentine’s Day than any other U.S. holiday? Or that men are the major buyers?
Glass beads the size of blueberries found by archaeologists in a Brooks Range house-pit might be the first European item ever to arrive in North America, predating the arrival of Columbus by a few decades.
If I drive by someone’s house and I think of them, and they somehow at the same time think of me, would you call that communication? It could be a form of telepathy, or it could be random coincidence.
Matthew 24:3-8 (NIV) — “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said. ‘When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come…
Bowhead whales are true northern creatures, swimming only in cold oceans off Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and Russia. These bus-size whales have the largest mouths in the animal kingdom, can live for 200 years and can go without eating for more than a year due to their remarkable fat …
Ten years ago, during what was instantly labeled as the “Great Recession” by those who make up such monikers, my company moved me from Dallas, Texas, to Honolulu, Hawaii. One of our kids was just about to graduate high school and enter the Marines. But my middle son was a rising junior and m…
New ocean-related jobs, investments and opportunities will be seeded by an ambitious Blue Pipeline Venture Studio that connects marine business entrepreneurs with the technology, contacts and finances they need to grow.
It won’t be too long before patrons of Monk’s Rock will be able to enjoy their cappuccino and pastries in the haven of the coffee shop, which has been closed due to church holidays, reorganization of merchandise and the usual annual staff winter break.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (NIV) — “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According …
Jan. 23, 2021, is the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s all-time cold temperature: minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded by a weather observer at Prospect Creek Camp.
The single biggest hit to fishermen from the COVID-19 virus is lower dock prices, according to Alaska and West Coast harvesters, and 98% said their businesses have been badly bashed by the pandemic.
Makoto Odlin picked the perfect year to submit an entry into the Eric Lochman Memorial Big Buck Contest. Any other year and the winning rack he entered would have barely sniffed the top 10.
Kodiak Islanders have a special place in their hearts for bush pilots. Not only do these navigators of the skies transport their passengers from one destination to another, but they also become their friends.
Jeremiah 12:5 (NIV) — “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how will you compete with the horses? If you stumble in the safe country, how will you manage in the thicket beyond the Jordan?”
The first salmon counting weir in Alaska was constructed on the Karluk River in 1921, and every summer since then the weir has provided a remarkable stream of information which has been vital to understanding salmon and successfully managing them.
Although the federal Gulf of Alaska pollock season opens on Jan. 20, fishermen have decided to stand down for two weeks in the hopes of harvesting higher-quality fish and roe later in the season.
Last week’s assault on our nation’s Capitol by an angry mob left me feeling shocked, ashamed and sad. For a time I, like many people, were glued to their TV sets, radios or devices. But before long I couldn’t take it anymore.
Is it a coincidence that one of the world’s largest mineral deposits is located near the world’s largest sockeye salmon spawning grounds at Bristol Bay? And if the likes of a Pebble Mine removed the bulk of those deep deposits that also create the world’s magnetic field, could it disrupt the…
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way teachers teach and students learn. Online classes have become the normal means of educating. But this distance learning has its advantages, said Fr. Vasilly Fisher, acting dean of St. Herman’s Theological Seminary
Romans 1:1-6 (NIV) — “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God — the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spir…
This year marks the 30th year that the weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally. Every year it features “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry — a no-holds-barred look back at some of the year’s best and worst fishing highlights, and my choice…
More than 100 years ago, a man traveled north on a mission most people thought was ridiculous — to see if crops would grow in the frozen wasteland known as the Territory of Alaska.
Isaiah 9:6 — “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
As Alaska faces its toughest budget squeeze ever, the state’s commercial fisheries are set to get a bit of a breather. But it is due more to fund swapping than lawmakers’ largess.
During the darkest days of Alaska’s winter, black-capped chickadees stuff themselves with enough seeds and frozen insects to survive 18-hour nights. Where the chickadees spend those long nights was a mystery until a biologist tracked them.
Across the nation, gardening grew by leaps and bounds in 2020. And it’s not slowing down. In fact, more than 20 million new growers picked up the trowel and pitchfork in response to the pandemic. The good news is that many newbies had such a good experience, they will be back in 2021.
Christmas. All the amenities of domestic life converge during this season of “peace on earth, good will toward men”: gift giving, great food, beautiful music and family gatherings.