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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Shooting refresher
Do you feel a bit awkward when you use your fishing tackle in spring after a long winter of idleness? I sure do. And the more technical the gear, the more my skills seem to have eroded. If familiar fishing gear can feel so awkward after a break, i...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for king salmon
The purr of the idling outboard was numbing as we slowly followed the shoreline in search of king salmon. After an hour without a strike on our trailing lines, conversation had died off and we even quit watching our rods. All that changed in an in...
Apr 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting a jump on dollies
Like so many Kodiak anglers, the annual Dolly Varden run is the true beginning of spring. Sure there are lots of other signs to be found. But the tug of that first Dolly on the end my line is the starting gun for so many months of great fishing to...
Apr 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Slimy slugs make spring appearance
Last week I suggested going out to do a little defensive gardening by de-slugging. I hate to say this, but with these rains, I’ve spotted slugs sliming around the garden. Does that mean we’ll have to deal with armies of slugs this year? Hard to sa...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Avoid blight infestations when shopping for spud seeds
If you want to attract attention at a dinner party, raise your voice a little and say, “Chitting!” And then be ready to explain your outburst. Let me help… Potatoes are one of the easiest things to grow in this whole wide world. For Alaskans, it’s...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Take care removing mulch
It’s spring and as the sap is rising in the garden and in gardener. This is the time to resist the mounting feeling of panic. When spring arrives, you can feel like the plate is already full. Don’t let thoughts like, “What happened to getting the ...
Apr 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Fish Factor: Salmon permits continue to soar in price
Alaska salmon permits in many fisheries have tripled in value since 2002 and the upward trend continues. An overview of April listings by four brokers shows that Bristol Bay drift net permits are valued at nearly $134,000 by the State, and listed ...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: 2014 salmon catch projected lower than 2013 total
Alaska’s total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year’s record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon, a 47 percent drop from last year’s whopping 283...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Seiners to test waters for pollock
Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week. You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf. Except for a small jig...
Apr 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Tapestry: Ever resilient, Bob Hatcher embraced life
Legends don’t die easily. They get thrown down, crushed by adversity, but they rise up, even more resilient. Through their struggles they become stronger and more qualified to be called “legends.” To many, Bob Hatcher was a legend. An amazingly en...
Apr 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community members reflect on meaning of Easter
Grief seems to have the final say: the death of loved ones, inspiring community leaders, precious pets; the collapse of vibrant dreams; the assault on life-preserving institutions and sacraments; the pall of war. Amidst the eulogizing, the insatia...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Guide Jake Jacobson’s book informs and entertains
Hunting guides are in an ideal position to be authors. For several months out of the year they take hunters to wild, out-of-the-way places to pursue trophy animals, and during the rest of the year they can write books -- detailed narratives of exh...
Apr 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 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 | 36 36 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 | 37 37 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 | 43 43 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 | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Eating fish is fast and feast
Once again the store shelves are stocked with sweets and chocolates, trinkets and colorful decorations, flowers and little bunnies. Have you ever asked yourself what the bunny and the little chick have to do with the Christian celebration of Easte...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Students meet giant pacific octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab
Students meet Giant Pacific Octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab Spring is an exciting time on land as well as in the ocean and along its shores. It’s a time to bundle up and take the kids out to explore the excitement of the waking of life and ...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ecosystems are large and small and found in unlikely places
What is an ecosystem? Is it large like the entire worldwide ocean or small like a drop of water? What factors are at work in ecosystems? How are the organisms in marine ecosystems connected? Ask any sixth-grade student in Kodiak this year about ma...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Jellyfish Apocalypse: Causes, Problems and Opportunities
Once every year for the last 17 years students from all over the state have flocked to Seward to compete in the annual Tsunami Bowl Ocean Science competition. This year, 20 teams from 17 high schools will try to win the honor to represent Alaska i...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 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 | 128 128 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 | 125 125 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 | 143 143 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 | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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