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Hank Pennington
OUTDOOR KODIAK: Fly fishing for silvers — offshore
The incredible offshore silver salmon isn’t news to anyone with a boat. It promises great fishing onshore in the very near future. Offshore fishing is so good, in fact, that you can catch all the fish you want in short order, leaving the rest of t...
Aug 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: The secret season
Which hunting season is most overlooked? It slips by so quietly, you might even call it Kodiak’s Secret Season. In fact, it opened a week ago, and it even slipped past me. I’m talking about ptarmigan. The season opened August 10, but somehow I had...
Aug 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Catching early silver salmon
Will 2015 be remembered as The Year of the Silver Salmon? That’s starting to look like a possibility. The silvers seem to be especially “early” in arriving on the Kodiak road system. I know of good catches from local beaches in the last 10 days of...
Aug 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: Looking forward, looking back
Cutline: Broccoli, a late summer and fall crop, can be beautiful and mathematical. Romanesco Broccoli takes the form of a fractal — a complex geometrical shape that looks almost the same at every scale factor. So each broccoli is made up of smalle...
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: When things don’t grow as planned
My attempt to grow bush-type zucchini plants in the greenhouse produced a total of three squash. Oh, there were plenty of flowers that received the bliss of pollination, but within days, the flower end of the “fruits” developed a bruise. Then the ...
Aug 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: 7 tips for the art of weeding
Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. —Scandinavian Proverb “No garden is without its weeds,” said Thomas Fuller, M.D. Yet weeds probably discourage more gardeners than any other problem, including slugs. Ev...
Aug 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Chinook salmon becomes casualty of budget issues
By LAINE WELCH One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funds for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007. A five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in...
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak’s sockeye catches lackluster
Alaska’s salmon season so far has been characterized by ups and downs, and it will be a stretch for the total catch to make the forecasted 221 million fish. “It just depends on how these late returning pink salmon at Prince William Sound performs,...
Aug 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Results of hearings may change face of Alaska fishing
Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska’s salmon fisheries forever. On August 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for salmon streams at Upper Cook Inlet’s Chuitna River o...
Aug 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Ruth Gunderson proved doubters wrong
They said “it will never last.” But it did. The marriage of Ruth and Ed Gunderson lasted almost 60 years, until “death do us part.” Ruth has a lot to remind her of her departed beloved. Every room in her cozy, modest house on Rezanov holds memorie...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Knagins’ name synonymous with Dig Afognak
When the late Dennis Knagin traveled to the Dig Afognak camp at Qatani Bay on Afognak Island, he was like a horse heading for the barn; the closer he got, the more anxious he was to get there. The Native Village of Afognak camp was a magical haven...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 14 14 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 | 106 106 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 | 106 106 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 | 114 114 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 | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
AMAZING NATURE: Climate changes witnessed firsthand by experienced sailors
We can study climate change and look at convincing data collections of changing sea surface temperatures and we think that we get it. Most of us know that one of the effects are stronger and more frequent storms and changes in wind patterns. Howev...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Old Harbor Summer Camp with Ocean Science
Remember those summer days at camp when so much was happening all in one week that it all became a blurr in ones head? Actually, my first summer camp on the beach was in High School and unfortunately it had nothing to do with Marine Science. The o...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 21 21 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 | 17 17 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 | 199 199 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 | 208 208 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 | 228 228 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 | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend
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