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Acts 11:25-26: “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. And when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So, for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

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Last week, I wrote about some of the breaks the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has enjoyed during its 75-year existence.

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We are all so tired of this never-ending story: COVID, the pandemic, active case counts and new infections, hospital staff shortages, mask requirements and rules that do or do not make any sense and change on an almost daily basis.

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Tanya Inga, a native Alaskan with a passion for history and art, has opened a gallery in Kodiak to help others gain a better understanding of indigenous culture.

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Ezekiel 33:1-6 (NIV) — “The word of the Lord came to me, ‘Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trump…

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Ron Kavanaugh, permit holder for the Kodiak crabbing vessel Sylvia Star, is less than impressed with the dungeness crab season so far this year.

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I just started my fifth flock of chickens. Each flock was started with young chickens between a few days and up to 6 months of age. This time, I got little peeps that were only a few days old, all fuzzy and cute.

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Commercial salmon fishing periods in Kodiak have been extended again. The period will continue until 6 p.m. Friday for the entire Northwest and Northeast Kodiak Districts, as well as in parts of the Afognak, Alitak, Southwest and Eastside Kodiak Districts, the Alaska Department of Fish and G…

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During these times of world conflicts, climate change, and COVID, it’s easy to take life too seriously. So, I often look for excuses to giggle, laugh and smile.

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Nehemiah 1:5-6a — “O Lord, God of Heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant with those who love Him and obey His commands. Let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying before You day and night for Your servants.”

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Despite the forecast for small craft warnings on Sunday, shooters had optimal conditions for the fifth rimfire rifle match of the season at Salonie Creek Rifle Range. 

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Many of us are pretty protective of our berry patches. But if you come across Sharon Major, don’t worry about revealing the whereabouts of your secret stash. It’s not likely that she will grab the nearest bucket and race to that favorite site.

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Psalm 118:13-15 (NIV): “I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: The right hand of the Lord has done mighty things.”

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Standing on the back deck of the boat slowly puttering through St. Herman Harbor we were passing an old crabbing boat rusting away. This boat has not moved in years, and it has the sad air of having seen better days. Since we were on a wildlife viewing adventure, however, I did not dwell on …

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What if the country’s largest earthquake in the last half century happened as you were getting ready for bed in the only cabin on a tiny island in the North Pacific? What if the epicenter was just 50 miles away?

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Finding a nice-sized zucchini was a pleasant surprise, what with our up and down summer. I leaned in closer (feeling a little proud), when my balloon burst. I saw a gray color — not normal for a green zucchini. It was my first clue that something was in the air. 

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Alaska’s salmon landings have passed the season’s midpoint and, by Aug. 7, the statewide catch had topped 116 million fish. State managers are calling for a projected total 2021 harvest of 190 million salmon, a 61% increase when compared to last year.

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Mid-summer gardening has its challenges: Weeds double in height when your back is turned. Baby crows have fledged so mom and dad dive-bomb in a protective, parenting sort of way, and armies of baby slugs have invaded the hoophouse.

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Rev. David Baldukas, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak, has gone from one island adventure to another. He and his wife, Lisa, an emergency room nurse, came here from French Island in Wisconsin. 

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We have a new puppy and she is very food motivated. She was an orphan from a large litter in the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, and she probably experienced hunger in the first fragile weeks of her puppy life.

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Hebrews 3:12-14 (NIV) — “See to it brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today. So that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we…

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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.