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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Ptarmigan season is here
Well, I did it again. I let Aug. 10 slip right by without notice. That’s two years in a row! Why is the date significant? Kodiak’s ptarmigan season opens on Aug. 10. I’m a big fan of ptarmigan hunting, but the season opens about the same time silv...
Aug 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Are you ready for silver salmon?
The recent pattern of heavy rainfall and swollen rivers couldn’t have been timed any better. Silver salmon have been appearing in good numbers offshore, but the sudden onslaught of sweet freshwater from their home streams has brought many closer t...
Aug 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: All that fish
After reading last week how much fish we eat, you might be wondering how we manage to do it without burning out on fish entirely. Certainly quality has a lot to do with it. So many of our species are available for only a few weeks and months, and ...
Aug 12, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Getting rid of slugs
When the weather forecast called for drizzle and rain, I thought, “Uh, oh, time to go on a slug defensive.” I started by walking around the garden, looking for potential hiding spots where slugs might be lurking. It didn’t take me long to find the...
Aug 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A berry good summer
So far this summer, many berry crops—salmonberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, Russian berries, currants—have been so abundant that it can be challenging to find sugar, pectin and canning jars on store shelves. Even bears are getting ...
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Last call for summer
With the recent wet spell (which seems to be making up for a dry summer), garden flowers, veggies, herbs and wildflowers and berries are moving along quickly. So if you want to savor a little bit of summer this winter, get out and pick the last re...
Aug 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Fish Factor: Finding the reason behind the decline of Chinook salmon
More than 100 researchers and three-dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007. The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed five-year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Resear...
Aug 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Russia's ban hurts Alaska
Seafood is by far Alaska’s top export and as it heads overseas, global politics play a big role in making sales sink or swim. That dynamic took center stage last week when Russia banned imports of foods for one year from the US, Canada, Europe, No...
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: U.S. Senate candidates sound off in Bethel
Breached mine tailings dams be damned! As millions of Fraser River sockeye salmon head for spawning beds polluted by a brew of metal toxins oozing from the Mount Polley gold/copper mine disaster in British Columbia, Republican candidates vying for...
Aug 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
West Virginia horseman brings back cowboy look to Mission
The Kodiak Baptist Mission is getting that cowboy look again. Fences are up. Ponies and horses graze in the pasture; and a guy wearing cowboy boots, Wrangler jeans, Western-style shirt and a cowboy hat, brings the horses out so that kids can ride ...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Micah Burnett’s midnight brush will stay with him a long time
Micah Burnett thought it was going to be quick. He had to run outside to retrieve his brother’s skateboard. That’s all. But before he returned to his room that night, he had an encounter that will likely be in his head for a long, long time. And t...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Etta Singleton sheds tears as she thinks of leaving
Etta Singleton sheds tears as she thinks of leaving You’ve heard of long distance romances, courtships and even long distance proposals. But long distance marriages – lasting ones that is—are pretty rare. That’s exactly what Etta Singleton and her...
Aug 15, 2014 | 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 | 48 48 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 | 49 49 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 | 53 53 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 | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
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 | 7 7 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 | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Microbeads in toothpaste and skin care entering ocean food chains
While caring citizens may know not to leave trash and plastics behind in nature, what they probably don’t know is that using toothpaste may actually add to plastics pollution in the ocean. The reason? Most toothpastes and many skin care products c...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nasal drift an important part of whale evolution
Many people, including myself, are mesmerized and fascinated by the sight of marine mammals. The behavior of the sea lions on their “home dock” in the Kodiak harbor seems almost human when they are lazily lounging in the sun, barking indignantly a...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 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 | 140 140 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 | 137 137 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 | 155 155 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 | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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