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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Don’t hang it up if kings don’t take bait
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the king fishing has been tough so far this spring. The bait just hasn’t arrived in local waters, and most days you have to strain a whole lot of water to find a very few kings. The migrating kings simply aren...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: On days when downriggers don’t deliver
I’ll date myself and say that the ultimate mooch was Wimpy, the character on Popeye cartoons always on the hunt for a free meal. “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Are you so young you never heard of Wimpy from the staple cartoon...
May 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Out for kings? Try getting your lurk on
Ever have one of those days of trolling when king salmon are hard to find? I sure have! Some years the whole season can be a struggle to find kings. Anyone can catch them when they are plentiful, but what about the days, weeks and even seasons whe...
May 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: Change tasks to give your back a break
The Kodiak Garden Club's annual plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 at the Baranov Park skating rink. It’s more like a fishing derby: The doors open at 10 a.m., though the line forms earlier with folks sipping hot coffee—early birds hopin...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Spring advice on Sluggo, peat moss, rhubarb
Last Saturday’s sunny, calm weather brought Kodiak out of the woodwork: People picking up litter, families tidepooling, BBQ’s smoking, and lawnmowers whirring. It must be spring: No matter where I go these days, there’s a garden question waiting f...
May 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Reasons to garden from food to fun to health
Why do we garden? A garden means different things to different people. In 1899, gardener, author and English Anglican priest Samuel Reynolds Hole dwelt happily on the subject of his favorite craft by writing: “I asked a schoolboy, in the sweet sum...
May 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Small fish, high prices open salmon season
Alaska’s salmon season officially got under way on May 16 with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town. The first opener produced a catch of 25,000 sockeye and...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Rebates offered for baleen whale pingers
Alaska salmon fishermen can get rebates on pingers aimed at keeping baleen whales away from their gear. The six-inch, battery-operated tubes are tied into fishing nets and transmit animal-specific signals every five seconds to alert the animals to...
May 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Sale of test catch to support ADF&G work
In the face of Alaska’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfalls, state policy makers are putting the onus on fishermen to cover the costs of going fishing. “One of the sources we have to offset general fund decreases is increased test fishing. We do...
May 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
TAPESTRY: Music a fitting gift to celebrate 97th birthday
Margaret Hall is not interested in getting extravagant, expensive gifts for her 97th birthday next month. The gifts she treasures are priceless: a long, fulfilled life, friendship and music. She loves music. Some of Margaret’s favorite tunes will ...
May 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: St. Herman’s Seminary graduates five
“Alaska really is different than any other state in the union, because somehow, some way we all get interconnected,” noted Bishop David Mahaffey of the Orthodox Church in America Alaska Diocese, in his opening remarks at the St. Herman’s Seminary ...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Flinders finds niche as skipper of tender
From Fish and Game biologist to fisherman and tender operator, Val Flinders has experienced the gamut of the Alaska fisheries. Currently Flinders is gearing up for tender stints in Bristol Bay and Southeast. Flinders came to Kodiak in 1973 as a bi...
May 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Suzanna Bobo
Island Flavor: Moving disrupts the gastronomical me
As most of my friends know, my family is moving. We’re not moving across the ocean — or even outside of this zip code — but the move is a disruption nonetheless. And if you’re a friend who’s only now finding out about this, I apologize. My life ha...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 183 183 recommendations | email to a friend
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Island Flavor: Federal school lunch regs fuel old rivalry
Have you noticed how the people who got to you when you were in school still get to you? And I mean in a bad way. And, with the immediacy provided by the Internet, the person can be thousands of miles away and still get in your face? I’ve experien...
Nov 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
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Island Flavor: Lobster a hit at VFW Post #7056
If you missed the lobster dinner recently hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7056, I have one thing to say to you. Sorry, Charlie. You missed out on some good taste. Growing up in Colorado, the only lobster I encountered were those that p...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend
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Island Flavor: Big Al’s serves up great eats in Kodiak
Forget about Obamacare, or federal budgets, or government shouting. If you really want to get political, just say who makes the best pizza. Because there's a huge chunk of the population with no informed judgment on what happens in Washington. Not...
Oct 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Velellae go wherever the wind takes them
Spring is here. There are many signs of it and it seems that every person I talk to enjoys a different little delight of spring. Yesterday, I spotted the first blooms of coastal anemones and a tiny violet on the side of Pillar Mountain, and a coup...
May 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Dilution not solution to pollution
Today I was asked a question that I continue to ponder. Someone was looking for a speaker to explain to a class why pollution is a problem in the ocean environment. At first it seemed like this was so obvious that it hardly needs discussing, but a...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea creatures eat and get eaten
Over the last couple of weeks 103 Kodiak third-grade students have come to the Ocean Science Discovery Lab to learn about Ocean Food Webs. The sea lion eats the salmon, which eats the young herring, which eats the copepods, which eat the phytoplan...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Spring spawning for ‘sea hedgehogs’
They used to be called sea hedgehogs, their scientific name is Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, but most people just call them green sea urchins. In Alaska, there are three species of sea urchins I know of: the green sea urchin, the red sea urch...
Mar 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capt. John Quinn
Another Day in Paradise: Last Farewells
I am not good at saying goodbye. Ask my wife, who began dating me over 40 years ago. I love ‘hello’. I enjoy spending time with people I know. I even enjoy meeting new people. But I hate goodbye. There is such finality to it. In the famous scene i...
Jun 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 271 271 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Preparing to go and looking back
Every story must come to an end. Next Friday, my wife and I will reach the end of our Kodiak story — at least in the first person. When I was in the Marine Corps, every time we were involved in an operation of any length, there were always the dre...
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 305 305 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Lines in the sand
I know our weather has been beautiful. You might even go so far as to call it amazing. But in spite of our record heat wave of however many days we actually reached 70 degrees, there are some lines I just won’t cross. One of those lines is swimmin...
Jun 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1224 1224 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Bearing our pains
As we have been moving boxes and furniture around, the old aches and pains reappear. Bruises that run up and down my arms, my back, shoulders and knees remind me that I’m not 18 anymore. I have increased my daily portion of anti-inflammatory and a...
Jun 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 248 248 recommendations | email to a friend
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