In 2012, an 85-year-old scientist and his son-in-law pulled a cylinder of muck from a faraway island. They carried it home like a newborn baby, froze it and mailed it to a researcher across the country.
Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, when, for a micro-second, we teeter-totter at a perfect point between 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. Back on Earth, it’s time to make jam, put up pickles, smoke and can fish, and prepare the garden for next spring.
Alaska fishermen can increase their federal trade relief funds by adding higher poundage prices for 15 fish and shellfish species. While it’s welcomed, the payouts are a band-aid on a bigger and ongoing problem.
I Corinthians 13:11-12 (NIV) — “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. For now I know in part; the…
He was tall; he was gentle; and he loved to be a part of Kodiak, especially the wilderness. Now that Larry Amox Sr. has departed this life for the Great Adventure in the Hereafter, those who loved him are left with the memories of his friendliness and the stories he told.
A few nights ago, stretched in a tent on the blue-gray gravel of the Lowe River floodplain, I woke to a series of sharp jolts. It felt like the earth was a giant halibut, and I was the fishing pole.
Kodiak is such an interesting place: If you look at a map of the United States, you are lucky if Alaska even shows up in its proper location and is not inserted somewhere off the coast of Mexico.
For today’s column, I’d intended to dive into composting and how to harvest and store potatoes. Then my copy of GreenPrints arrived in the mail, and I changed my mind. Oh, yes, I promise to talk about compost and spuds soon. But for today, it’ll be different.
Matthew 6:22-23 — “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Pollock season got off to a slow start this year because of the unexpectedly fruitful pink salmon harvest during the summer. The delay comes as the price of pollock and other groundfish has dropped by up to 30% this year due to a variety of factors.
What do sunflowers and zucchini have in common? Not much, really. It’s a trick question. After all, sunflowers grow up, reaching skyward; zucchini plants grow sideways, along the ground.
While wandering middle Alaska this summer, I noticed orange spruce trees along the entire length of the Denali Highway, from Paxson to Cantwell. In what looked like a dendrological case of frostbite, tips of every branch were afflicted with something.
Psalm 139:1-10 (NIV) — “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely O’ Lord. Yo…
Alaska seafood processors are paying tens of millions of dollars extra to cover costs from the COVID pandemic, and most of it is coming out-of-pocket.
Early in his career, on a wet, windy, foggy night, Guy Tytgat checked into the loneliest hotel in the Aleutians. His room was 4 feet wide and 5 feet tall, made of fiberglass and perched on the lip of a volcanic crater.
2 Timothy 2:14-16 (NIV) — “Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle…
According to a deal recently brokered by the Trump administration, the United Arab Emirates and Israel are establishing full diplomatic relations, which could mean inroads for tourism, direct flights and embassies.
Several hundred dead salmon were found floating in the Buskin River over the weekend, the culmination of several naturally occurring factors, according to fish and game officials.
1 John 1:5-10 — “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; In Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one a…
A good friend called me up last week to ask if I could help her with some biological samples. She needed to split her workload, because she realized that with an increased load of home schooling for her two kids, her time was going to shrink away quickly.
It’s been a dry summer. Precipitation is down 20% below the average for this time of year. Consequently, flowers, veggies, herbs and wildflowers and berries are moving along quickly. Wild grasses and Puschki are going to seed. So if you want to taste summer this winter, get out and pick the …
It was inaction on health care that ultimately made Dr. Al Gross of Juneau decide to challenge Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for a second, six-year term to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate.
People in an 80-foot charter boat out of Petersburg recently saw what a biologist described as a “less-than-once-in-a-lifetime” event: a white killer whale swimming through the sea.
This summer, two fishermen on the F/V Dynasty lost their lives after they paddled their inflatable boat to Tugidak Island, where they planned to beachcomb. A search party found the dog they took with them running down the beach. The bodies of the fishermen were discovered later.
2 Kings 5:8-14 — “When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: ‘Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.’ So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the …
Unless you fished for salmon this summer at Bristol Bay, it’s been slim pickings for fishermen in other Alaska regions. Salmon returns have been so poor that communities already are claiming fishery disasters.
This weekend, Orthodox faithful throughout the world will join Kodiak Orthodox in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St. Herman of Alaska, one of the first Russian missionaries who brought the Gospel to Alaska.
Right now, on the brushy tundra of northern Alaska, grizzly bears are gathering at quiet streams and rivers, attracted by the largest calorie reward they can find — spawning salmon.
1 Timothy 4:8-11 (NIV) — “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive) that we have put our hope in…
Pink salmon is dominating Kodiak’s commercial catch this year, with 7.1 million pinks harvested as of Wednesday out of the total of 8.3 million fish netted.
If anyone needs anything at the aviation unit of United States Coast Guard Base Kodiak, it likely goes across the desk of Petty Officer Third Class Karlee Issacs. As a storekeeper, she’s responsible for procuring anything anyone needs, from airplane parts to the hundreds of blue pens her co-…
Capt. Edward Hernaez’s oldest brother joined the Coast Guard, and his other older brother went to West Point, so it might have been inevitable he would join the military too. His family didn’t have much military history, but his oldest brother started the trend.