Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
  
Local Columns
 
Hank Pennington
OUTDOOR KODIAK: Early pink salmon fight harder, taste better
We’ve had exciting times on our recent boat trips. Almost everywhere we’ve traveled, we saw pink salmon jumping. Why get so revved up about pink salmon? Because they can be so much fun. Go after them with tackle to match their small size, and fish...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
OUTDOOR KODIAK: The weird year that was and could be again
After 40 years of fishing Kodiak’s surrounding waters I know enough about the ocean to anticipate its changes and how they can affect fishing over the course of a summer. I’ve even been able to forecast the timing and location of best fishing much...
Jun 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
OUTDOOR KODIAK: Synthetic pepper chemical may beat DEET
It’s amazing how early spring arrived this year. Salmonberries have been blooming since early May, but I can recall past years when I didn’t see the first blossom until June. I almost got lulled by the sights close to home, however. Chores and rai...
Jun 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: Expert: Buttercups getting out of control
Janice Chumley, Research Technician for the Cooperative Extension Service, arrived in Kodiak last week with a full dance card. Her dance partners: Anyone with dealing with bugs, critters, or weeds. Janice’s visit, long overdue and warmly welcomed ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
GARDEN GATE: Recipes for homemade insect, slug sprays
Last week I talked about using Epsom salts in a liquid form to spray on, or water, ailing plants. In the garden Epsom salts provide plants with magnesium (Mg), which helps with seed germination, strengthen cell walls and ultimately boost flower pr...
Jun 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Garden Gate: Thank mild winter for rat explosion
It was beyond embarrassing. Years ago, during the summer garden tour, I was talking to a guest about growing celery (or was it poppies?), when suddenly she looked away from me and then lowered her voice. “Marion, an R-A-T just ran across your lawn...
May 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Herring finding way back to US menus
There’s much more to Alaska herring than roe and bait. To prove that point, nearly 40 of Seattle’s finest restaurants and retailers will celebrate Northwest Herring Week as a way to re-introduce the tasty, health fish to the dining scene. “There’s...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
FISH FACTOR: Cleaner Kenai boaters get discounts
Boaters from Homer to the Mat-Su Valley can help protect salmon and other aquatic creatures and get discounts from popular businesses by doing so. A pilot program launched this spring is an offshoot of Cook Inletkeeper’s Clean Boating program that...
Jun 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
FISH FACTOR: Kodiak vessel stars on ‘Mighty Ships’
Alaskan fishermen have raised the bar for big fishing boats with the Northern Leader of Kodiak, and Discovery Canada producers of the popular “Mighty Ships” programs have taken notice. “Mighty Ships” producers search for unique ships around the wo...
Jun 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Mike Rostad
TAPESTRY: Stefan Quinth is unofficial goodwill ambassador
Much like the hundreds of films that bear his Camera Q logo, Swedish documentary film maker Stefan Quinth’s friendships with Kodiak Islanders come about with no organized agenda; no contrived script; no calculated outcome. Big film projects and lo...
Jun 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
TAPESTRY: Nymeyers packing up after 17-year ministry
The Rev. Mark and Susan Nymeyer came to Kodiak 17 years ago with six kids in tow; the youngest snuggling in her daddy’s arms as they posed for a family picture. In late July the couple will leave the island, their 13th grandchild on the way. Five ...
Jun 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
TAPESTRY: Cracker Jack rings started 50-year marriage
In this unstable era of frequent divorces, casual hook-ups and mass confusion over the roles of husband and wife, 50 years of marriage is an achievement. When they exchanged wedding vows on June 11, 1966, in a small Baptist church in Ballard, Wash...
Jun 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 183 183 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 183 183 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 273 273 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 312 312 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 1360 1360 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
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 | 252 252 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Search Our Marketplace
or Search by category