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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Silvers’ rainbow choice depends on light
Labor Day Weekend is the official kickoff of silver salmon season for many Kodiak anglers. While silvers are caught earlier in offshore waters, they usually start to enter most local rivers by our “end of summer” holiday. We certainly have lots to...
Aug 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Weight adds up toward ptarmigan limit
It happened again! The opening of ptarmigan season slipped right past me. It opened almost two weeks ago on Aug. 10, and my mind was off on pink salmon or some such. And I love to hunt ptarmigan. With the season extending all the way through April...
Aug 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Silvers swimming into giant pink gap
An interesting advantage is emerging as the pink salmon are slow to return and their numbers are small. The early silver salmon are easier to catch! I can’t say if there are more silvers arriving early this year. Each year some arrive early right ...
Aug 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: Choose beets to feast with the Politburo
Late summer can be a crazy time of year for local gardeners. The harvesting of salad greens, herbs, broccoli, cabbage, garlic and kale is now joined by root crops like onions, carrots and beets. It’s a nutrition fest, said one grower. Now using ca...
Aug 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Don’t give gray mold spores more chances
Finding a green tomato laying on the ground in the hoophouse was my first clue that something was in the air. Something was in the air alright: mold. After a couple days of rain and fog, conditions were perfect for gray mold to explode on tomato l...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Making the most of a berry good season
During the summer I spend almost every day or evening on our boat hosting wildlife tours or dinner cruises. So it was a special treat to get above sea level the other day to hike in the alpine areas. As corny as it sounds, “The hills are alive,” t...
Aug 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Fish Factor: Labeling law loophole leaves crab out
Wheels are already in motion to provide two measures of relief for Alaska’s pink salmon industry, which is reeling from the lowest harvest since the late 1970s. Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, began the process last week to have the Walker Administr...
Aug 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Strong yen a bright spot in salmon sales
Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes. “Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s valu...
Aug 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Alaska brand tops on menus nationwide
Alaska is one of a handful of U.S. states to launch a go-to website aimed at keeping ocean acidification in the public eye. The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, a collaboration of state and federal scientists, agencies, tribes, conservation, fi...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
TAPESTRY: Lutheran crosses world to study Orthodoxy
If you want to study Orthodoxy in Alaska, the best thing to do is to come to Kodiak, where Orthodox missionaries brought the Gospel more than 200 years ago. And that’s exactly what German pastor Imre Istvan did. He wanted to see how the Orthodox f...
Aug 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: North Park memorial bench honors Ben Hancock
When hikers on Near Island pause to look at a bench at the entrance of North End Park, they will know that Ben Hancock did something for his community. On the bench there is a plaque dedicated to his memory. Ben was a well-known Kodiak attorney wh...
Aug 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Assemblies kids ministry feeds, evangelizes and empowers
At the Kodiak Assemblies of God Church, kids have a ministry, too. Through the denomination’s Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge, they’re learning to pray, give and share the Gospel in many ways. David Boyd, BGMC national director, who spoke to t...
Aug 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 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 | 284 284 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 | 228 228 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 | 240 240 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 | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
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 | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Teachers, sand from far away in Old Harbor
Two weeks ago was the hottest week of the year in Old Harbor and the week of the tribe’s youth environmental camp. With a huge amount of planning and the help of four wonderful teachers, the week was packed with science, art, environmental safety ...
Aug 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Same and different on North Sea island
Summertime is often a time to travel. I just returned from a trip to my native country, Germany. After many days of visiting family and friends and eating bread and cheese, locally grown fresh asparagus and fresh strawberries, I was ready for a li...
Jun 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Worms in fish normal, better not eaten
The first wave of herring that came to feast outside of cannery row this spring were big and beautiful. The resident sea lions had their own feast eating those herring and some of the fishermen jigged up the silvery fish for bait. When I was out o...
Jun 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 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 | 40 40 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 | 319 319 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 | 362 362 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 | 1413 1413 recommendations | email to a friend
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