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Early prices to Alaska salmon fishermen are trickling in and, as anticipated, they are up across the board. That will give a nice boost to the economic base of both fishing communities and the state from fish taxes, fees and other assessments.

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When the weather man predicts that the sun will come out, my camera often stays in. Why? Bright, sunny days are great for picnics, hiking and putzing in the garden. But they’re not so great for taking pictures of plants and people outside. Give me an overcast day and my camera and I are happ…

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Mark 13:1-4 (NIV) — “As He was leaving the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!’ ‘Do you see all these great buildings?’ replied Jesus. ‘Not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down.’ As Jesus …

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In 1985, I wrote a Mother’s Day article for the Kadiak Times, asking local residents what they appreciated most in their mothers. Julia Naughton honored her mother Christina Lukin for teaching her the importance of promptness, especially at meal time. She also taught her daughter how to cook…

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If you had asked me as a youth what I wanted to be, I would probably have said something about a biologist and working near the ocean.

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You may not notice it as you scooped fish out of the Copper River or rode your bike through the tawny light of 10 p.m., but Alaska is about to make a left turn toward winter.

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“It’s been said that gardens and children need the same things — patience, love and someone who will never give up on them.” — Nicolette Sowder

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Hebrews 12:1 — “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

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You’d think that riding your bike across the country would be a trip riddled with trials, tribulations and fears. For example: running out of water, fierce headwinds, hail, diarrhea, voracious dogs, getting run over by a truck ...

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Galatians 5:1-6 (NIV) — “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again, I declare to…

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The other day I was walking home from the Hana restaurant, where I met with friends over lunch. The trip home took me along a gravel road, houses on the left side and a steep embankment on the right.

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Long-time Kodiak resident Rosabel Baldwin has become somewhat of a legend in the region of Ryazan, Russia, which is the location of the city of Kadom. One of the local poets, Andrei Kruchkov, has written a poem — set to music — about her.

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Years ago, when my brother and I were teenagers, we pulled up to a stop sign early one morning in his compact pickup truck and noticed a haggard-looking man standing at the corner.

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“I came here 40 years ago, when I just moved up from Juneau,” Kes Woodward says in a South Carolina accent soft as butter. “These trees were just saplings.”

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Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV) — “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

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More than one out of every four children in the United States lives without a father in their home at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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I have a flock of chickens that have stopped laying eggs. This is my fifth flock of chickens and all the previous ones were productive for three years, while this one is slacking off after less than two.

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To the delight of the local mosquitoes, Nicholas Hasson steps through a tangle of prickly spruce branches while wearing a backpack that holds a scientific instrument.

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Isaiah 59:19 (NIV) — “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

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On Monday, June 14, the Senior Center will have a “soft” reopening for congregate meals. The congregate meal setting will not include the salad bar, but we will serve salad and soup from noon until 1 p.m. We are recommending people who are not vaccinated to wear a mask and  keep social dista…

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For any who have ever faced the daunting task of planning a move without wanting to pay a company for its assistance, you probably have a special fondness for a certain “Seinfeld” episode featuring former New York Mets baseball player Keith Hernandez.

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What can be better than the smell of cinnamon and a bowl of hot fruit topped with the right amount of crunch?

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Exodus 34:10 (NIV) — “Then the Lord said, ‘I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord will do for you.’”

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Crab Festival 2021 is now history. At least it registered in the history books, unlike last year when in-person Crab Festival was largely canceled — a casualty of the COVID crisis. This year’s traditional welcome to summer went on as planned, in spite of rainy, windy weather. Food booths wer…

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May 27-31 have been my best five days in Kodiak — so far — and I’ve got the Crab Fest T-shirt to prove it. (Like lots of you, I waited too long to get a hoodie, but that’s another story.)

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Crab Fest was a great measure of the feel of our community and where it stands in this phase of the ongoing worldwide pandemic.

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Last week’s span of warm, clear days found island gardeners scrambling outside, perched on bended knee pulling weeds, transplanting seedlings and slaying slugs. It was a flurry of activity that reminded me of a children’s story called “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury.

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Isaiah 12:1-3 (NIV) — “In that day you will say, I will praise You, O Lord, although You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away and You have comforted me. Surely, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Wit…