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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Dollies get fatter, stronger, more fun in fall
Sept. 16 was a special day. After six weeks of closure, the upper reaches of road system rivers reopened for salmon fishing. Excited anglers marched happily upriver for the best silver salmon fishing of the year. If this is your first year on Kodi...
Sep 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Seasonal guests in for a smokin’ good time
September is houseguest season for us. Friends and family time their visits to coincide with the arrival of silver salmon while a few halibut are still on hand near shore. Daily routines are largely driven by weather, with nice days split between ...
Sep 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Drifting along through September halibut
Turning the calendar page to September is an important event for Kodiak freezers. It signals the downslide to the end of fishing for the year and time for a serious accounting of what’s in your freezer and what’s not. There’s no sense continuing t...
Sep 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: A garlic made for Kodiak
Before corporate seed companies arrived on the scene, seeds were traded between neighbors, over the fence. In many cases, a plot of land and a cache of viral seeds--grown, harvested and planted in the same region generation after generation--was m...
Sep 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Carrots can keep if you know the trick
Carrots might be considered the world’s most versatile vegetable, but they haven’t always enjoyed such a charmed reputation. Today we’re going to talk about carrots: How they became orange, how to store and how to eat carrots in ways you might not...
Sep 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Perfect time, place to start you spinach
Let me begin with a gentle apology. You see, most weekly garden columns, or any column for that matter, focus on one topic. But in Kodiak, there is so much going on that it’s hard to not allow a few subjects to share this page. And this week is no...
Sep 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Poor pink run prompts potential bailout
Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades. In a Sept. 19 letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pri...
Sep 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Cordova looks to bring back crab fishery
Cordovans hope to revive a long-lost Tanner crab fishery in Prince William Sound as a step towards keeping the town’s waterfront working year-round. The crab fishery produced up to 14 million pounds in the early 1970s and had declined to about 500...
Sep 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: September stays busy across gear types
It surprises many people across the state that fall is one of the busiest times for Alaska’s fishing industry from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea. As salmon season gets tucked away, hundreds of boats of all gear types are still out on the water o...
Sep 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
TAPESTRY: Simonsons on way to settle in Minnesota
After living in Kodiak for 11 years, the Rev. Elden and Karen Simonson were starting to look like permanent fixtures. “This is longest tenure of ministry I’ve had,” said Simonson, sitting in the St. Paul Lutheran Church office that soon will be te...
Sep 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Alexander returns to place where he got his start
Jack Alexander doesn’t worry about paying monthly utility, electricity and garbage bills on his property. He lives “on wheels,” traveling around the Southwest in a motor home. Summers are reserved for Kodiak, the place het got his feet wet and han...
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Berean Baptist to dedicate new hall Sunday
Because of vicious attacks that occurred on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, the date has been grimly etched on the national conscience. But the congregation of Berean Baptist Church will remember this year’s 9/11 as a time of celebration. On ...
Sep 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 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 | 370 370 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 | 285 285 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 | 296 296 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 | 283 283 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
AMAZING NATURE: Rock sole evolved to be flat
I just walked the dock in Kodiak. There were the usual working boats and a couple of sailboats. I noticed that some of the fishing vessels were rather fat-looking, whereas the sailboats were slender. Close to the sunlit water surface I saw a few s...
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Mysterious sea star wasting disease may be here
Have you visited your favorite touch tank on Near Island recently? If yes, I am sure you noticed the eerie absence of one of the most common and endearing organisms that every child and many adults cherish: the sea stars. What happened to the sea ...
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Mysterious sea star wasting disease may be here
Have you visited your favorite touch tank on Near Island recently? If yes, I am sure you noticed the eerie absence of one of the most common and endearing organisms that every child and many adults cherish: the sea stars. What happened to the sea ...
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Forage Fish set the Ocean in Motion
Imagine it is a nice day, the ocean surface is flat and reflects the light from a slightly overcast sky. You are on a boat, around you a handful of nice people, all whispering quiet conversations to each other while excitedly waiting for that unmi...
Aug 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capt. John Quinn
Word and Deed: Music, sports and spirit
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7 It’s the word “train” that I’m focusing on or the phrase “train yourself to be godly.” I have come to appreciate word search. You have a w...
Aug 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 376 376 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 | 419 419 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 | 1470 1470 recommendations | email to a friend
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