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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Stocking tradition rivals main gift event
Christmas mornings are a high point of the year for families. And each family does it differently in traditions that pass down through families while new traditions are added. But opening gifts from under the tree is only a small part of the event...
Dec 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Ducks for Christmas
For many families Christmas translates into at least a week off from work and school between Christmas and New Years. That’s a lot of time at home! In fact it may be the longest holiday of the year for some of us. The rest and family time are cert...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoors Kodiak: Shopping for the Holidays
Christmas is just three weeks away, and it’s time to think seriously about gifts for the outdoor enthusiast. If you’re shopping for someone with sharply different interests than yours, that can be tough. I’m fortunate, in that my wife is my favori...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Make your Christmas tree last
One of my favorite days of the year is right around the corner: Winter Solstice, which signals the return of daylight. This year’s solstice occurs at 2:03 p.m. on Dec. 21. And while I realize there is a lot of winter ahead of us, it’s good to have...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to eat a rainbow
The winter solstice, the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere, is around the corner. To some people, the return of light is a celebration more significant than New Year’s. For others, it’s no time to celebrate, as it’s smack dab in ...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Amaryllis blooms brighten any space
I never know when garden questions will come my way. Take Thanksgiving, for example. One of the guests at a friend’s house arrived with a gift for the hostess. Recognizing the bright red box as containing an amaryllis bulb, a friend turned to me a...
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Fish Factor: Next Senate fish chairman will not be Alaskan
It went down to the wire, but fishermen were relieved to learn they can continue to hose down their decks without fear of violating the Clean Water Act. Congress voted unanimously last week to extend a moratorium for three years that exempts comme...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pacific halibut stocks rising
The Pacific halibut stock appears to be rising from the ashes and that bodes well for catches in some fishing regions net year. It would turn the tide of a decades-long decline that has caused halibut catches to be slashed by more than 70 percent ...
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishing industry to get first glimpse of 2015 halibut catches
It’s the time of year when Alaska’s fishery meetings kick into high gear — with five set for this week alone. The industry will get a first glimpse of potential 2015 halibut catches when the International Pacific Halibut Commission convenes Dec. 2...
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
‘Table Time’ graced with divine appointments
The beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” first made an impression on local author Christie Loney when she was a girl living in Forres, Scotland. Forres was a screening center for Polish soldiers who had been captured serving the German army duri...
Dec 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Groomer makes dogs clean and fluffy
It only makes sense that you’d send your dog to a groomer who loves animals; not just dogs, but cats, horses and other critters known as pets. For many years, Joan Hood Lenz welcomed Kodiak’s furry citizens into her grooming room and sent them hom...
Dec 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baptist Mission gears up for Currier and Ives, Bazaar
Kodiak is a town of great ideas. Like little seeds planted in fertile soil, these ideas sprout into festive events that draw the community together. The ideas originate within a small group or come from a single person, and soon they take on a lif...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 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 | 58 58 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 | 58 58 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 | 60 60 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 | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Marine snow is food for deep sea life
When I took a leasurely walk this morning I admired the beautiful snow capped peaks of the mountains all around. This time of year people either talk about how they are glad that the snow is not yet impacting traffic or they wish for the fluffy st...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sustainable fisheries factor in ‘happiness index’
This semester, I am both teacher and student. I signed up for an online class from UAS titled “Local and Global sustainability.” It makes me view the issues of our times and my own actions from a different angle. First off we discussed at length h...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shell builders lose when the ocean acidifies
There are not many schools in the Nation where kids in 6th grade learn about ocean acidification. In Kodiak the school district, teachers, and scientists agree that students should know about this important factor changing the chemistry of the oce...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Monkeyface pricklebacks and glob sculpin: uglies on the fish line
Sometimes life becomes so busy that it feels like a contra dance where one thing follows another just like the dancers in a line. It seems like fall is a time in Kodiak where many people are engaged in these dances, juggling many different tasks a...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 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 | 152 152 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 | 147 147 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 | 165 165 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 | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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