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Not a single commercial fisherman died at sea in Alaska in 2022, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, a statistic achieved in only one other year — 2015. These two fatality free years, and the overall drop in fatalities since 1990, signal a remarkable decline from the late 1970s and 1980s, whe…

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The Norton Sound winter red king crab fishery will open Feb. 1, but it is not clear whether any of the crab will be sold commercially. That’s because the biggest buyer has once again made the extraordinary decision to refuse to buy the crab — or even sell crab gear or commercial amounts of bait.

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Dan Joling of Anchorage was set to photograph the full moon rising over the Port of Anchorage on Jan. 6. His research told him the moon would pop over the horizon at a certain number of degrees from the north. Guided by the compass feature on his iPhone, Joling aimed his camera that way.

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Last week we introduced the topic of seed-starting from the very beginning, before placing seed to soil. We began with a mindset, as in how to turn those limiting beliefs and excuses into positive ones.

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In case you weren’t paying attention, Christmas has been extended in Kodiak. You can tell by the colorful light displays still adorning Kodiak homes and the frequency of fireworks (although some of the explosives may be heralding the new year).

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The American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March of 2021, was meant to “enable all Americans to respond to and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.”

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Glaciers worldwide are withering. Half of them will disappear by the end of this century, and much of the lost ice will vanish from mountains in Alaska, scientists say.

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Alaska fish harvests for 2023 are being revealed almost daily by state and federal managers, ranging from salmon to groundfish to crab and herring.

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Stranded at Christmastime. Sounds like the title for a Hallmark movie. But for Jerome and Gloria Selby and Lisa Baldukas, the theme was a stark reality that threatened to rob them of the joy of the holiday.

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Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV): “‘She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Hi…

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The third day of the New Year has just started, and I still hear occasional fireworks outside. Two nights ago, when there were a lot of firework explosions outside, I had to console our young dog and reassure her that there was nothing to bark at or be afraid of.

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Any time of year is a good time to start a budget, so why not now? You’ve made some frugal resolutions, right? Since the gardening season is still a few months away, there’s a good stretch of time to set financial priorities.

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One year before Alaska became part of America, 21-year old William Dall ascended the Yukon River on a sled, pulled by dogs. The man who left his name all over the state was in 1866 one of the first scientists to document the mysterious peninsula jutting toward Russia. He is probably the most…

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Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV): “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this he was…

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During the darkest days of Alaska’s winter, black-capped chickadees stuff themselves with enough seeds and frozen insects to survive 18-hour nights.

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The Arctic Report Card, a compilation of northern science by researchers from all over the planet — most of them doing work in Alaska — came out in mid-December at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Chicago.

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It’s a story that has been told many times around the kitchen table, in museums and at Native gatherings. It’s a story that reveals the adventurous character of the inhabitants of the Kodiak Island archipelago.

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The State of Alaska is piling up the paperwork to present to the federal Small Business Administration requesting that they declare an Economic Injury Disaster for businesses affected by the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay crab closures.

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Have you ever sat down to dinner, only to have tiny black flies buzz around your face? Meet the fungus gnat, an annoying pest that looks like a mini-mosquito.

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Weather permitting, Roger Malutin is to be laid to rest today in an environment he was comfortable and happy in — the ocean. He was a fisherman at heart — even after he retired from that profession.

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Luke 2:8-11 (NKJV): “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do…

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Looking for something to do this weekend, or wanting to make plans for a special event? Arts, Beats and Feats! is a new weekend calendar offering suggestions for getting out and about in Kodiak.

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How many musical pieces does it take for Isle Bells to put on its holiday concert? 

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In 1982, eight people, including two children, were killed on a fishing boat in Craig, Alaska. Two murder trials resulted, but no one has ever been convicted of the crime. It remains the biggest unsolved murder case in Alaska history.

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When a great deal of Earth’s water was locked up within mountains of ice, our ancestors scampered across a dry corridor from what is today Siberia over to Alaska. Those adventurous souls may have been accompanied by another creature that needed wood — the moose.

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The State of Alaska’s Bycatch Review Task Force has presented its final recommendations to the governor. It has been argued in the past that state engagement in federal management policy outside the auspices of Fish and Game amounts to backseat driving. But the Bycatch Task Force has recomme…

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In his 1922 book, “Weather Prediction By Numerical Process,” English mathematician Lewis Richardson proposed a startling idea for that time: constructing a systematic process based on math for predicting the weather. 

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1 Corinthians 15:50-53 (NIV): “I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of a…

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’Tis the season to be thankful. We just passed the Thanksgiving weekend and are on the final page of the calendar, the stretch toward the big Christmas event. Like most years, there have been good and bad times, highlights and losses. The most recent wave of inflation and cost increases are …

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Ned’s note: Here’s a short-work-week Thanksgiving story from the archives. I chose it because Roger Torda from the New York Academy of Sciences emailed me a month ago. He said his organization was honoring actor and journalist Alan Alda with a lifetime achievement award for communicating science.

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When I was a young sprout, I got this idea that I could breathe underwater, like a fish. How cool would that be? Stay underwater as long as I wanted. Lord knows where I came up with this notion, but so convinced of this I set out to prove it to myself.