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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Zeroing in on halibut
I have to admit that we haven’t spent as much time halibut fishing as we should. King salmon fishing has been too good for us. But so far, the halibut have us really scratching our heads. We haven’t caught one in our usual hotspots. We haven’t cau...
Jun 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Catching the first pink salmon
Warm sunny days are made for lolling on beaches. And pink salmon fishing! Pink salmon in June? Absolutely. And with other salmon species arriving early, I expect you can find at least a few pink salmon right now. It’s been our family tradition to ...
Jun 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: When is it time for a new rod?
Is it time for new fishing rods in your collection? I thought we were pretty well set up until this last winter when we fished in Florida. Did I ever learn a thing or two! As you might guess, we have a whole lot of fishing rods. Some are almost as...
Jun 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
The truth about lice
Last week, I noticed a Facebook post by someone who’d planted a pepper plant in her greenhouse, and now she was dealing with an aphid infestation. “What should I do?” she said. Aphids suck. Literally. They suck the life out of plants while creatin...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: When is the best time to water your plants?
Last week, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Southcentral Alaska for unusually warm weather created by an intense high-pressure system, which the NWS says is now “firmly in control over much of the State.” The short and long-term...
Jun 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: It takes a special breed to plant in coastal Alaska
Sometimes it takes a village. To get set up for the plant sale requires a couple of hours of behind-the-scenes work. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, members of the Kodiak Garden Club arrive, coffee in hand, at the Baranof Park covered ice ring. Th...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Bright spots despite bleak salmon global sales
As Alaska’s salmon season heads into high gear, a few bright spots are surfacing in an otherwise bleak global sales market. Sales and prices for all salmon, especially sockeye, have been in a slump all year. And amid an overall glut of wild and fa...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Big payoff for fishermen depends on species
Salmon fisheries are opening up this month from one end of Alaska to the other. Total catches so far of mostly sockeye, were under one million fish, but will add up fast from here on. A total haul for all Alaska salmon this season is pegged at 221...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: State workers brace for layoffs
Alaska’s salmon industry is ready to get corked by the inability of state lawmakers to pass a budget. More than 20,000 state workers are bracing for 30 day layoff notices, meaning they’ll be off the job when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. T...
Jun 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Ruckers’ ‘yes’ brought them to Kodiak
Saying “yes” to God opens doors to places — geographical and spiritual— that you never dreamed of going, said Fr. David Rucker, who, along with his wife, Rozanne, joined the staff of St. Herman’s Seminary last semester. “If we say ‘yes’ to God -- ...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Bissett remembers rancher Omar Stratman
The late Omar Stratman was a quiet man, recalls his ranch hand, Bill Bissett. The two drove from Kodiak to Omar’s ranch at Pasagshak, some 30 miles away, without Omar uttering a single word. Omar had few words to share with strangers and even thos...
Jun 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Children honor fathers for priceless legacy
Their names are inscribed on gravestones, but the legacies of these men are remembered by their children, who honor them on this Father’s Day. Fisherman/rancher DeWitt Fields is buried in an open meadow on his beloved Bear Island overlooking the S...
Jun 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 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 | 97 97 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 | 98 98 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 | 103 103 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 | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Skates are indicators of ocean diversity
One of my favorite places to be at a low tide is the wide sandy beach that stretches from the mouth of Buskin River down to the old military roads behind Boy Scout Lake. I love the view, the seals that often stick their heads out of the waves to s...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Famine for California sea lions
The news from California are drab. Apparently, the marine mammal rescue centers are flooded with starving sea lion pups and every day more arrive. Experts and volunteers are working overtime and the Sausolito Marine Mammal Rescue Center is begging...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Kodiak students enjoy mud flats and deep sea
It was a busy week. This year during the first week of May the Kodiak Ocean Science Discovery Program went out of town for five days of marine science curriculum. The target was the five students in the Port Lions Middle School as well as 11 stude...
May 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of rea...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 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 | 190 190 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 | 191 191 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 | 210 210 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 | 153 153 recommendations | email to a friend
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