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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: With Super Bowl over, time to go deep
Super Bowl 50 is in the record books. That means no more football for many months to come. What will you do with your weekends now? Did you notice that halibut season opened Feb. 1? Did you even know that there was a closed season for halibut spor...
Feb 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Savings add up with custom practice loads
Bad weather and short days make winter the perfect time for ammo reloading on Kodiak. If you already reload I’m preaching to the choir. But if you haven’t started yet or if you’re a recent convert, I can give you very good reasons to belly up to a...
Jan 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Hares jump into gap between duck, deer
With the passing of duck season most folks put away their guns until the opening of deer season in August. That makes for an especially long winter. Sure, ptarmigan season is still open. But on the road system ptarmigan are far up in the mountains...
Jan 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Add boron to list of top nutrients
The large hole in the ground looked like a giant coliseum. At least that’s what came to mind as I peered into California’s largest open-pit mine, the Rio Tinto Boron Mine. Formerly the U.S. Borax Boron Mine, it’s the largest borax mine in the worl...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Ready, set, grow! with sweet peas
It’s February, and as we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s time to think about starting sweet peas. Ah, but isn’t too early? The latest twist on sweet peas is to start them in late February or early March instead of waiting until April so you can enj...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Starting seeds with water, light, air
Last week I touched on a few basics of seed starting, my annual attempt to encourage more people to give it a try. After attempting to unravel the mysteries of soil-less soil, containers and seeds, I took a “brain break” by going for a walk with M...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Trackers probe black cod decline mystery
Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, thanks to a science project that kept research fish from going over the rails. Sablefish, more commonly called black cod, are one of the world’s priciest, high-end fish, and Alaska waters are ...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Halibut numbers indicate solid rebound
Alaska’s halibut stocks are showing signs of an uptick and fishermen’s catches will not be slashed for the first time in 15 years. Fishery managers on Friday set the coastwide Pacific halibut harvest for 2016 at 29.89 million pounds, a 2.3 percent...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: UFA to Juneau: Don’t cut core services
A single Chinook salmon is worth more than a barrel of oil. The winter kings being caught by Southeast Alaska trollers are averaging10 pounds each with a dock price of $7.34 per pound, according to state fish tickets. That adds up to $73.40 per fi...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Tapestry: Believers liberated by discovering divine love
Love penetrates the deepest recesses of theology. According to a widely circulated story, the German theologian Dr. Karl Barth was asked to share one of the most profound theological insights he had gained through many years of study and contempla...
Feb 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Hospice helps bring the ‘best of times’ out of the worst
“If not you, then who?” It’s a question that prompted Margaret Kavanaugh to follow through with her intention to apply for the position of part-time executive director of Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak. Kavanaugh, a retired special educatio...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: 2015 salmon season: low price, odd weather and lots of fish
This summer Neil Russell made one of the biggest salmon sets of his career. “One day we lowered the boat with a deck load, went back out and got two-thirds of another load,” said Russell, owner of the Second Wind. “It was one to remember because o...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 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 | 155 155 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 | 154 154 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 | 162 162 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 | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
AMAZING NATURE: Plastic in oceans causing health disruption
If I offered you something to eat and told you it could disrupt your metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood, would you thankfully accept, enjoy and share with your kids? I think most of u...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Gulf of Alaska: birthplace of big waves
Recently, Kodiak has seen one big storm after another. One night not long ago, I woke up because twigs and spruce cones were thumping against my bedroom window as if knocking to be let in. I got up and looked at the trees in my back yard, which we...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Evolution of Life and Learning
If your religious beliefs make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up at the mention of the term “evolution,” you should ignore this article and move peacefully on with your day. I will not get into the discussion of whether the facts ...
Dec 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Helping hands and hearts bring hope
Some days writing a column about marine life around Kodiak Island is easy. After all, we live in what I believe is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and the ocean around us is full of wonders. On other days it is very difficult, not bec...
Nov 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 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 | 245 245 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 | 270 270 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 | 293 293 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 | 215 215 recommendations | email to a friend
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