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Hank Pennington
OUTDOOR KODIAK: Whither gulls go, there go the Dollies
We got the surprise of the season last week. As we were launching our boat for king salmon, I kept seeing swirls of fish tight against the shoreline. While waiting for the bilge to drain accumulated rainwater, I took a little walk. To my utter and...
Apr 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Rust spot sounds death knell for hooks
The first fishing trip of the season can be challenging. It seems that no matter how much you plan ahead and assemble your gear, you always discover you forgot something once you’re on the water. Or alongside it. For my wife, this year it was her ...
Apr 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Window opens for hikes with clear views
Spring is my favorite season for hiking on Kodiak. It’s certainly not spring yet, but with the lack of snow this winter the biggest impediment is removed for putting miles on your boots. I try to time my first spring hikes to the moment the mounta...
Apr 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: El Niño y La Niña: No telling what’s next
Gardeners, outdoor enthusiasts, fishermen and families are celebrating the warmer than average April. But if April is the new May, then is May the new June? Perhaps, for a couple months. It all depends on El Niño, which is weakening, according to ...
Apr 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Master of disguise pests sneak in on compost
I stood in the greenhouse with a garden friend, admiring a tray of onion seedlings. Standing tall, the seedlings looked like tiny green chopsticks. “Would you like to take a few with you?” I asked, knowing she’d be leaving soon to return to her re...
Apr 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Surprises in the garden
Last Friday it poured, but at the Kodiak Athletic Club, it was bright and sunny. Friday was ‘neon shirt day,’ which meant you were encouraged to arrive at the gym wearing day-glow t-shirts. Let me tell you, a bunch of humans bench pressing and doi...
Apr 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
FISH FACTOR: Processors step up to pay for needed flyovers
Cuts affecting Alaska’s fisheries will be spread across all regions and species, depending on the final budget that is approved by state legislators. As it stands now, the total commercial fisheries budget for fiscal year 2017 from all state and f...
Apr 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Acidic ocean posing huge risk to Tanners
Increasingly corrosive oceans are raising more red flags for Bering Sea crab stocks. Results from a first-ever, two-year project on baby Tanner crabs show that higher ocean acidity (pH) affects both their shell production and the immune systems. B...
Apr 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Sullivan reviews fisheries actions in Senate
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan has scored seats on nearly every congressional committee that deals with issues on, over and under the oceans. That fulfills a commitment he made to Kodiak when he ran for office two years ago, he said at a ComFish town me...
Apr 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
TAPESTRY: Mothers Day also day for grandmothers
Mothers Day should also be designated as Grandmothers Day. After all, they’re the women who brought the mothers into the world, and when their daughters had families, they once again took on the role of nurturer, teacher, disciplinarian, cook, car...
Apr 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Orthodox anticipate Christ’s resurrection
For the past two Sundays, Father Innocent Dresdow of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral has been asking his parishioners to gather willow branches that will be used as substitutes for palm branches in the Palm Sunday service this weekend. Since ...
Apr 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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TAPESTRY: Baptist Mission hosts productive chaos
Chaos doesn’t have to be a bad thing, especially when it comes to kids. Organizers and attendees of the Kodiak Early Childhood Coalition annual children’s fair will tell you that the event can get pretty crazy. But the chaos is channeled in a posi...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 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 | 164 164 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 | 163 163 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 | 172 172 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 | 163 163 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
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 | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea creatures eat and get eaten
Over the last couple of weeks 103 Kodiak third-grade students have come to the Ocean Science Discovery Lab to learn about Ocean Food Webs. The sea lion eats the salmon, which eats the young herring, which eats the copepods, which eat the phytoplan...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Spring spawning for ‘sea hedgehogs’
They used to be called sea hedgehogs, their scientific name is Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, but most people just call them green sea urchins. In Alaska, there are three species of sea urchins I know of: the green sea urchin, the red sea urch...
Mar 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Embracing coastal resilience
Resilience is the ability of a community to bounce back after a natural or manmade disaster. These or similar words were the opening of many of the presentations students from 16 high school teams from around Alaska prepared for the 19th annual Al...
Mar 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 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 | 254 254 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 | 285 285 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 | 1023 1023 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 | 228 228 recommendations | email to a friend
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