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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: In search of red salmon
In a matter of days good numbers of sockeye or red salmon will appear in Kodiak rivers. Once the runs arrive in force, you may need to bring your own rock to stand on in the most popular fishing spots. There might or might not be a few reds in riv...
May 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Try these tricks for luring year’s first Dolly Varden
Fishing for Dolly Varden is a rite of spring for Kodiak anglers. Days lengthen noticeably in May and the air warms. The rivers fill with Dollies, and it’s time to start the new fishing season. I wish I could predict the date when the run will star...
May 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Whales and eagles but no bears (oh, my!)
My wife and I had celebrated a small weather break with a stroll along the top of sea cliffs after dinner. Looking down below us we noticed three sea otters alongside a reef. That wasn’t unusual, because we see them feeding there on almost every v...
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: Getting started with container gardening
Halibut tubs, half barrels and pots overflowing with flowers add sparkle to any house, office or garden, but containers can serve a practical purpose, too. Especially for those with little or no garden space. In addition to flowers, you can grow a...
May 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Train your seedlings before transplantation
Now that bedding plants have made a colorful splash at local retail centers, the spring gardening race is officially on, though many local gardeners suggest that Old Man Weather needs a talking to. Wait a second! Before you transplant those tender...
May 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Less is more in gardening, photography
I tell people that if given any topic, I can, in a step or two, relate it to gardening. This week I’m going to combine a couple of my favorite topics: gardening and photography. Okay, so this one’s not as difficult as trying to find a common threa...
May 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Trawlers facing prospect of 50 percent halibut bycatch cut
Nowhere in the world do people have as much opportunity to speak their minds to fish policy makers as they do in Alaska. As decision day approaches, a groundswell of Alaska voices is demanding that fishery overseers say bye-bye to halibut bycatch ...
May 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Harm from hatchery salmon disputed
Alaskan salmon producers are not buying the presumption that growing numbers of pinks are eating too much food in the ocean, causing sockeye salmon to grow slower and smaller. That’s the claim of a new study by Seattle and British Columbia researc...
May 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Hatcheries add to catch throughout state
Each year more than one-third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery. There are 31 hatchery facilities in Alaska: 15 privately owned, 11 state owned, two federal research facilities, one tribal hatchery at Metlakatla, a...
Apr 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Memorial Day is a time to remember real heroes
Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. Our Kodiak calendar tells us this is the last day of the Crab Festival. The last chance to savor the palate-pleasing wonders at the food booths. It is the day that captains take their vessels by the city dock to ge...
May 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Chocolate Lovers’ Fling a ‘dress up’ affair
BY MIKE ROSTAD Lovers of chocolate and collectors of rare art will be in their glory at the annual Chocolate Lover’s Fling at 7 p.m. Saturday (that’s tomorrow, folks), May 16, at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. The event, sponsored by Discove...
May 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak’s caring people show faith at work
“You must help the weak,” said the Apostle Paul as he bid farewell to his beloved Ephesians, “and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" I didn’t see that Jesus quote plastered on...
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 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 | 94 94 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 | 95 95 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 | 99 99 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 | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
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 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of rea...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Real-life sea dragons worthy of fantasy
I have recently taken up a new hobby. I had a collection of plain wooden stools, chairs and a small table, and had the idea to paint them each with the image of a sea creature. Around the legs of the stools I usually paint ranking seaweeds and the...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Snailfish puts cuckoo’s egg in king crab
Spring was almost here, but now it feels like winter is back to remind us that we live relatively far north on the surface of our planet and it should be cold here. In my childhood days, when I was living somewhat south of here, spring would often...
Mar 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 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 | 187 187 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 | 184 184 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 | 202 202 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 | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend
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