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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Dry fishing for trout
When it comes to world class fly fishing for trout, most folks picture places like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and New Zealand. But Kodiak, Alaska? Believe it or not, Kodiak deserves a place right alongside those hallowed trout waters. Our family enjo...
Aug 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Time to get serious about pink salmon
Masses of pink salmon may not crowd river mouths just yet. But their numbers along beaches have grown so much it’s time to get serious about fishing. In fact it’s a good thing the river mouths won’t clog with them for another few weeks. While it’s...
Jul 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Camping in the rain
How was your Fourth of July weekend? If you were camping, you got a firsthand look at Kodiak’s rainy weather. Camping in the rain is challenging, especially when you mix in a good dose of wind. Season your adventure with energetic young kids, and ...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: How to control cabbageworms
“What a pretty white butterfly!” said Kathy, a visitor from Minnesota. She was touring our garden recently on a warm sunny day when all manner of insects were out and about. “For each one you squish, I’ll give you a dollar,” I told her. “Wow, that...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Summertime and the hawkweed is blooming
There’s a reason why hawkweed is known devil’s paintbrush. (Such names aren’t given to angelic plants, right?). Hawkweed is now listed as one of Top Ten noxious weeds in the U.S. and is reported in all by 15 states. Hawkweed has managed to find it...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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The truth about lice
Last week, I noticed a Facebook post by someone who’d planted a pepper plant in her greenhouse, and now she was dealing with an aphid infestation. “What should I do?” she said. Aphids suck. Literally. They suck the life out of plants while creatin...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Sockeye salmon run goes from bust to unbelievable
The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay went from “bust” to “unbelievable” in one week. Landings last week broke records every day for five days for that time frame, bringing the total sockeye catch to nearly 28 million fish on an un...
Jul 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Removing tons of debris from Kodiak
Kodiak volunteers scrambled with front-end loaders and dump trucks to ready 200,000 pounds of super sacks for the first pick up of a massive marine debris removal project that begins in Alaska this week. The month-long cleanup, backed by state and...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bright spots despite bleak salmon global sales
As Alaska’s salmon season heads into high gear, a few bright spots are surfacing in an otherwise bleak global sales market. Sales and prices for all salmon, especially sockeye, have been in a slump all year. And amid an overall glut of wild and fa...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
TAPESTRY: Memorable Saltery road experiences keep riders on alert
Just about every ATV owner in Kodiak has taken his vehicle on the narrow trail that extends from the American River near the Chiniak Highway to Saltery Cove. Dale Stratton, owner of Can’t Get Enough ATV River Fishing, is one of the first to drive ...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ruckers’ ‘yes’ brought them to Kodiak
Saying “yes” to God opens doors to places — geographical and spiritual— that you never dreamed of going, said Fr. David Rucker, who, along with his wife, Rozanne, joined the staff of St. Herman’s Seminary last semester. “If we say ‘yes’ to God -- ...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill Bissett remembers rancher Omar Stratman
The late Omar Stratman was a quiet man, recalls his ranch hand, Bill Bissett. The two drove from Kodiak to Omar’s ranch at Pasagshak, some 30 miles away, without Omar uttering a single word. Omar had few words to share with strangers and even thos...
Jun 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 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 | 99 99 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 | 99 99 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 | 106 106 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 | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
AMAZING NATURE: A summer day with whales and wonders
Visitors stream to Alaska every summer to share in the wonders of our amazing ocean bounty and wildlife sights. This is a very special summer for me because my parents are here. They bravely embarked on a very long trip flying from Germany across ...
Jul 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Skates are indicators of ocean diversity
One of my favorite places to be at a low tide is the wide sandy beach that stretches from the mouth of Buskin River down to the old military roads behind Boy Scout Lake. I love the view, the seals that often stick their heads out of the waves to s...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Famine for California sea lions
The news from California are drab. Apparently, the marine mammal rescue centers are flooded with starving sea lion pups and every day more arrive. Experts and volunteers are working overtime and the Sausolito Marine Mammal Rescue Center is begging...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Kodiak students enjoy mud flats and deep sea
It was a busy week. This year during the first week of May the Kodiak Ocean Science Discovery Program went out of town for five days of marine science curriculum. The target was the five students in the Port Lions Middle School as well as 11 stude...
May 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 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 | 192 192 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 | 197 197 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 | 218 218 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 | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend
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