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Hank Pennington
Outdoor Kodiak: Time to tune up your shooting
Newcomers to Kodiak are startled by our long deer season, beginning each year on August 1 and extending through the end of October on the road system. In fact it runs through December 31 on the remainder of the island. On August 1, most people are...
Apr 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walk, bike or paddle to stay in hunting trim
The seeds for this week’s column were planted about a year ago. I “wintered” too well, gathering a few pounds through the holidays as I meanwhile allowed weather and schedules to come between me and my regular exercise routine. By spring, I was in...
Apr 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring lakes
April marks the beginning of some of my favorite fishing of the year. But with the warm winter we’ve experienced this year, I could have started long ago. Most years I’m waiting impatiently for the ice to retreat from road system lakes. Newcomers ...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Bumblebees on lookout for new homes
As I left the greenhouse and walked toward the house, I heard a loud puh- hh-HUP behind me. I twisted around and took two steps toward the ocean, just in time to see an orca whale’s dorsal fin disappear below the surface. I’m always humbled by gif...
Apr 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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How to help your lawn wake up
Do you feel inclined to buy an umbrella these days? Well, you’re not alone. According to National Weather Service data, measured rainfall for Kodiak is about six inches above normal for this time of year. This is good news for people with rain bar...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Young tomatoes need their own space
It’s time to answer questions that enter my consciousness by phone, email, text and Facebook messages. So here we go: Is it too early to start tomatoes? It is not too early to start tomatoes if you start them indoors. Not just on windowsills, but ...
Mar 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Laine Welch
Fish Factor: Wild game could be on the menu
Caribou instead of corn dogs…salmon instead of Trout Treasures… seal meat in place of spaghetti – all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska legislature. The bill - HB 179 - allows...
Apr 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska expects bumper run of salmon this year
File this fish story under the “can there be too much of a good thing” category: Alaska is expecting another bumper run of salmon this year — state managers announced last Friday a projected total catch of 221 million salmon, 39 percent higher tha...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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FISH FACTOR: Boats wanted to help craft safety rules
Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety rules for older boats, which includes the bulk of Alaska’s fishing vessels. Called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program (ACSP), it is part of the 2010 U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act and is aime...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mike Rostad
Tapestry: Kodiak cares, it really does
Misfortune is an unwelcome visitor that takes many forms — a devastating disease, fire, loss of livelihood, death of a loved one, financial debilitation or scandal. Those caught in its trap find themselves in turmoil that can be metaphorically des...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Misty Dawn meets her rescuer 32 years after
On a clear, windy day in September, 1983, the Parks 15 rolled over at Cape Ugat near the village of Larsen Bay. The skipper, Archie Densmore, 50, died, but his daughter, Wendy Densmore, his niece Melanie Densmore and granddaughter, 3-year-old Mist...
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Minister recounts path out of occult
Rob Radosti heard that Anton LaVey, author of “The Satanic Bible,” cried out to God on his death bed. Radosti has no way of verifying that story, but he can vouch for his own experience of crying out the name of Jesus, a name he had hated and avoi...
Mar 27, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 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 | 90 90 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 | 91 91 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 | 93 93 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 | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Switgard Duesterloh
Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of rea...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Real-life sea dragons worthy of fantasy
I have recently taken up a new hobby. I had a collection of plain wooden stools, chairs and a small table, and had the idea to paint them each with the image of a sea creature. Around the legs of the stools I usually paint ranking seaweeds and the...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Snailfish puts cuckoo’s egg in king crab
Spring was almost here, but now it feels like winter is back to remind us that we live relatively far north on the surface of our planet and it should be cold here. In my childhood days, when I was living somewhat south of here, spring would often...
Mar 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Science competition team tackles ocean acidification
Once again I find myself in classrooms at Kodiak Middle School talking about ocean acidification. The causes and background, the chemistry, and the effects on shell building animals and why it all matters for us in Kodiak are topics we discuss and...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 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 | 183 183 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 | 179 179 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 | 197 197 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 | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
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