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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: World-class trout hide among humpies
Aug. 1 is an important day for hunters, because it marks the opening of Kodiak’s deer season. I certainly hunt, but I also fish, and Aug. 1 is a big day on the water, too. Starting then, and for the next six weeks, the upriver sections of most roa...
Jul 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Changing tactics to keep up with ocean
For most of my 40 years on Kodiak, great halibut fishing was almost a sure thing, with lots of fish and big fish if you wanted them. With the decline in halibut populations throughout their range in recent years, that has all changed. You have to ...
Jul 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Even-year pink numbers down, sizes up
With pink salmon on the final leg of their journey home to Kodiak, it’s high time to start making plans. After last year’s gangbuster season, we have lots to anticipate. Or do we? There’s an odd twitch in the life story of pink salmon that can aff...
Jul 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Give plants a pick-me-up
After shutting down the boat engine we leaned against the railing to watch two humpback whales feed close to the surface. Winding slowly through the kelp bed, they created small whirlpools with their pectoral fins and tails, like a barista would u...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Radishes might shine in surprising places
I’m often asked by dinner cruise guests how I plan my meals. “Every night is different,” I say, “and it depends on what’s happening in the garden.” This time of year the garden is producing strawberries and radishes at the same time. The strawberr...
Jul 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Mind the pushki and rinse off the bug spit
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported last week that salmonberries are ripening one to two weeks ahead of what we consider normal. Time to clean out the freezer and make jams and jellies. Fireweed is also blooming sooner than expected (heralding an ear...
Jul 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Use of bycatch for food banks spreading
The decades-old bycatch to food banks program has grown far beyond its original Alaska beginnings. Today, only 10 percent of the fish going to hunger relief programs is bycatch of primarily halibut and salmon taken accidentally in other fisheries....
Jul 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Slow going in Kodiak salmon season
Salmon takes center stage each summer, but many other fisheries also are in full swing from Ketchikan to Kotzebue. For salmon, total catches by July 8 were nearing 28 million fish, of which 10 million were sockeyes, primarily from Bristol Bay. Las...
Jul 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: ASMI looking at possible effect of Brexit
The United Kingdom’s recent exit from the European Union, dubbed “Brexit,” has turned seafood trading on its head. For 43 years the UK has been a major part of the 28-country EU, and what the pullout means for longstanding business arrangements is...
Jul 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Kodiak Tapestry: Junior Cross: Always a fisherman at heart
Junior Cross has fished just about every kind there is. As a young man he trolled salmon up and down the coast from Neah Bay, Washington, to San Francisco. He fished Dungeness crab. He dragged for shrimp, purse-seined salmon and herring. He pionee...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: David and Lola Davis return to Kodiak command after nine-year departure
Cheerful, enthusiastic, ready to go to work. That’s the attitude expressed by Salvation Army majors Dave and Lola Davis as they begin serving the people of Kodiak for a second term. Nine years ago the husband and wife team left the island to work ...
Jul 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Tapestry: Madsen travels bumpy road to deaconate
That kid had no business being at the prayer service in the chapel at Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island. He was clearly inappropriate, fidgeting with sticks and stones, talking while the overflow on the chapel deck strained to hear what was going on ...
Jul 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 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 | 208 208 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 | 203 203 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 | 215 215 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 | 204 204 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
AMAZING NATURE: Same and different on North Sea island
Summertime is often a time to travel. I just returned from a trip to my native country, Germany. After many days of visiting family and friends and eating bread and cheese, locally grown fresh asparagus and fresh strawberries, I was ready for a li...
Jun 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Worms in fish normal, better not eaten
The first wave of herring that came to feast outside of cannery row this spring were big and beautiful. The resident sea lions had their own feast eating those herring and some of the fishermen jigged up the silvery fish for bait. When I was out o...
Jun 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Velellae go wherever the wind takes them
Spring is here. There are many signs of it and it seems that every person I talk to enjoys a different little delight of spring. Yesterday, I spotted the first blooms of coastal anemones and a tiny violet on the side of Pillar Mountain, and a coup...
May 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Dilution not solution to pollution
Today I was asked a question that I continue to ponder. Someone was looking for a speaker to explain to a class why pollution is a problem in the ocean environment. At first it seemed like this was so obvious that it hardly needs discussing, but a...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 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 | 294 294 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 | 335 335 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 | 1385 1385 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 | 277 277 recommendations | email to a friend
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