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Tapestry: Alitak superintendent finds purpose for everything
Woody Knebel, superintendent of Ocean Beauty’s Alitak processing plant, sees beauty in the ordinary. Everything serves an aesthetic purpose — even rusty wrenches that crumble with the slightest torque or an old wooden dory that was used in beach-seining operations at the turn of the century. The dory is the centerpiece of a museum Knebel has been developing for the last four years. “You can see rub marks on the si...
Oct 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Kodiak Island Experience…Alaska is nightmare’s dream come true
Kodiak Island Experience…Alaska is a dream come true for Bud and Cherie Carter who spend summers at remote Kupreanof hosting visiting pastors and their wives who come for a week of rest and relaxation in a refuge from a busy, often hectic life. But this beautiful retreat on Kodiak Island’s west side started out as a nightmare. When he was a child, Bud dreamed that he was being chased by a bear. The dream stuck wit...
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: 103-year-old JP Pestrikoff delights in teaching
What are the day’s highlights for a centenarian? A conference with his caretaker? A meal that’s still tasty to a century-old palate? One of those rare days when he can get out of the house and visit the neighborhood? Providing he can hear it, the ring of the telephone, the knock at the door? Company. Port Lions resident John (JP) Pestrikoff, 103 years old, loves company. One of his favorite guests is Alutiiq langu...
Sep 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Doctrinal purity is treasured at Lighthouse Baptist, says pastor
The Apostle Paul admonished a young Christian leader named Timothy to “let no man despise his youth” and to be a role model. Wes Stafford, pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church, quotes that scripture with personal insight. He’s been in Timothy’s sandals, providing spiritual guidance to people who, by and large, were older than he. But he was confident that God had led him into a leadership position in the first plac...
Sep 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Martha Garcia's 'place' will always be Kodiak
Martha’s place is now in Juneau, but the local epicure and interior decorator will always have a spot in Kodiak, if not a physical address. For more than 20 years, Garcia brought the spicy flavor of Mexican food to the streets of Kodiak in her lunch wagon, Martha’s Place. Martha closed her mobile restaurant about a year ago after taking a hard fall that broke her wrist and put her back out of joint. Besides carryi...
Sep 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: Indian pastor visits Kodiak
In the past, Christian ambassadors from Europe and the United States evangelized the people of India. Today, Indian missionaries and evangelists are returning the favor by bringing the Gospel to an increasingly secular West. One of the Indian emissaries, Arun Michael Lall, recently spoke at Kodiak churches. Lall said that while people in Alaska generally seem to be hungry for God, many in the Lower 48 communities ...
Aug 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Betty (Betz) Lukin was ready for her earthly farewell, but her loved ones weren’t
“I’m ready!” goes a line of an old Gospel tune. Betty (Betz) Lukin loved that song and sang it with certainty. She really was ready to leave this world, just as joyously as she had lived in it. This spring Betz made that final journey, leaving behind friends and family who wished that she could have stayed longer. Betz, who was being treated for a heart condition, died unexpectedly while undergoing surgery in Anch...
Aug 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Burnetts fondly recall Uganda trip
Rafting the Nile River was the perfect father-and-son field trip for John and Caleb Burnett. They had been volunteering in Jinja, Uganda, where John’s brother-in-law heads the Global Theological Seminary and now they were enjoying the challenges of paddling the longest river in the world. But the adventure delivered more than it promised. Swirling rapids in The Bad Place threw the rafters and their guide into the ...
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Laktonen’s Compass Rose will inspire library patrons
Kodiak-born artist Jerry Laktonen got a lot of help installing his work, Compass Rose, on the wall of the new Kodiak public library. Laktonen, who now lives in Granite Falls, Wash., drew from his seafaring experience as well as that of his Alutiiq ancestors in creating his own interpretation of the traditional compass figure that appears on maps and nautical charts. The art piece consists of three-dimensional obje...
Aug 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Religion: New Berean pastor is ‘people’ person
Kodiak’s “heat wave” was a refreshing relief for Paul Winegeart. Winegeart, his wife Melanie and their four children moved from sweltering110-degree weather in Texas to the island early this summer where Paul will serve Berean Baptist Church as senior pastor. “It’s absolutely gorgeous here,” said Winegeart. “I love the outdoors." He looks forward to learning the seasons, fishing, hunting and driving his Jeep in ou...
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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