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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Late season dollies
My fishing partner paused in putting on his waders and pointed downstream. I could here it too. Several fishermen were laughing and cheering over splashing that was obviously a silver salmon. I nodded and pointed upstream. He grinned at me and poi...
Sep 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoors: The long season for silvers
Isn’t it great to have so many silver salmon at hand! This is the season we’ve all been waiting for. But in truth the luster has worn off a bit, hasn’t it? We’ve all caught lots by now, and the crowds have been a hassle. Is it time to think about ...
Sep 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Transition deer hunts
If you haven’t been out for deer in a few weeks, you’re in for a surprise. All those golden leaves on the cottonwoods and willows signal important changes in the deer and how you hunt them. August deer are wearing their light summer coats. They’re...
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Summer reflections
With the fall equinox behind us, and harvest still underway, it’s a good time to reflect a little on the summer. For many growers, it began in May and continued way into September. It was a time of surprises, brought on by long stretches of dry, w...
Sep 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Baking with gooseberries and currants
Puzzles are fun, especially when it involves something near and dear to us, like food. Years ago, during one of our dinner cruises, I served a dessert made with a secret ingredient. (I often do this as an excuse to try something new, and to educat...
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Preparing for fall
Fall is in the air. The signs are all around us: Salmon fishermen are putting their nets away, holiday decorations are starting to replace BBQ displays, and most importantly (for me at least), I haven’t seen a bumblebee since September 9th and puf...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Fish Factor: Bering Sea crab fisheries open Oct. 15
Alaska’s conservative management combined with the grace of Mother Nature are swelling the abundance of two of the state’s largest and most important fisheries. Bering Sea crab scientists and stakeholder met last week to discuss the outlook for Al...
Sep 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan will be at Kodiak debate
Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide audience was too much to pass up for US Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan, who will be at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate at Kodiak after all. Sullivan was able to reshuffle a packed travel schedule to fit in the fi...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Sullivan bows out of Kodiak fish debate
“Surprised and disappointed” was the reaction by Senator Mark Begich upon learning that his opponent Dan Sullivan has bowed out of an Oct. 1 fisheries debate in Kodiak. It is the second time this year that Sullivan has declined to participate in t...
Sep 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Dr. Weston Fields is DSS ‘broker’
Steve Green, whose family business, Hobby Lobby, recently won its Supreme Court appeal to opt out of the part of the Affordable Care Act mandate for employers to provide contraceptive coverage for its employees, is building the Museum of the Bible...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Saltery ride qualifies for Kodiak bucket list
Edgy and potentially dangerous items on the Kodiak bucket list include meeting up with a bear, kayaking amongst the whales and driving the narrow, mountainous Saltery Road. I’ve yet to kayak close to whales, but I’ve had several encounters with be...
Sep 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Orthodox mission teams become part of community ‘rhythm’
Orthodox Christian Mission Center church camp leaders in Old Harbor and Ouzinkie learned that it’s good to be flexible. “We didn’t come in with a program,” said Margo Kelley, team leader and one of four returning team members of the six serving Ol...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 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 | 52 52 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 | 53 53 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 | 57 57 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 | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Ocean shows signs of planet transition
The view out of my office window shows a quiet ocean engulfed in a tranquility that seems impossible to rock as if it had been stable for millions of years. Yet I know from experience how the sound of a boat slicing through the surface water or th...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squid swim backwards in a changing world
Heraclitus said, “the only thing that is constant is change”. He was a wise man. Every person that has sailed the oceans during the last decades has observed many changes first hand. Some of these changes seem alarming and have direct effects on f...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Limiting factors decide what grows in the ocean
The last entry in my dive logbook was on August first, 1997. This August, seventeen years later, I signed up for a Scuba refresher class and I am looking forward to getting my face wet again. Diving is the only way to truly appreciate marine life ...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Giantism evolves in Ocean Depth and Cold
I have never heard of Werner Herzog before. However, when I was looking for a fitting quote to start this article with, it was his quote I found best suited: “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep wit...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 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 | 145 145 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 | 141 141 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 | 159 159 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 | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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