Ketchikan
web-posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017
There is nothing new under the sun. So really, there are no new fishing columns. Unless of course you’re talking about new technology, which I am not.
web-posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017
It happens fast. When the fishermen go to the grounds and leave empty harbor stalls, I find myself imagining Petersburg in the wintertime. I know! It’s too early! But part of a successful winter is laying groundwork in summer. Artist Janine Gibbons, originally from Petersburg, is renting a space in downtown Petersburg with exactly that in mind.
web-posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Anna Brown Ehlers’ artistic mastery in Chilkat weaving has earned her a place as one of the nine recipients of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship. This is the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
web-posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Standing in a doorway with your morning coffee, looking at 10 more days of gray cloud deluge hunkered over town like the butt of destiny, it’s easy to imagine sailing for Polynesia on your own small sailboat and anchoring off a white sand beach.
web-posted Wednesday, July 5, 2017
I love efficiency and the ability to get to far off places in less time, of course, but there is something poetic about asphalt. Even if it is Nevada desert asphalt.
web-posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The Treadwell mine holds historical importance for Alaska, and there are those who are committed to its remembrance. Sheila Kelly’s book “Treadwell Gold: An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin” depicted the period in Juneau’s history through historical research. Kelly envisioned more for her book and reached out to Seattle playwright Rachel Atkins, initiating the collaboration that concluded in the creation of the play “Treadwell Gold,” which is currently performing at the Perseverance Theatre.
web-posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Blue Ticket: Fairies Out of Alaska, Wednesday, June 28, 6:30-8 p.m., JACC gallery; Friday, June 30, 4 p.m., Alaska State Museum. Locals shared with playwright Maureen Longworth how men disappeared over night in 1963 if law enforcement suspected they were homosexual. From their stories she constructed this historical fiction, a love story within a docudrama.
web-posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017
People laughed when Karl Kruger entered the 2016 R2AK as Team Heart of Gold with a stand up paddleboard. A paddleboard?! Racing to Alaska?!! You’ve gotta be kidding.
web-posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Running with Pretty Sharp Things, Thursday, June 22- Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Pay-as-you-can on Thursday. Tickets available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, at the door, and through www.theatreintherough.org.
web-posted Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Sitka Summer Musical Festival has big dreams and they are taking actions to make them come true.
web-posted Wednesday, June 7, 2017
When I was chastised for wearing a Simms Fishing Products hat while deer hunting a few summers ago, my hunting buddy didn’t mention the trout silhouette. I would have understood that. You know, wear stuff that matches the stuff you’re after, but it was the condition of the hat that prompted his comment. “Now Jeff, that hat is hiiiideous.”
web-posted Wednesday, June 7, 2017
NED Juneau Concert - No Evidence of Disease, Thursday, June 8, 7:30-10 p.m., JACC. Six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country promote awareness and education. Donations accepted. All proceeds go to Cancer Connection and Let Every Women Know Alaska. More info: www.eventsak.com/NED.
web-posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Zach LaPerriere grew up in Ketchikan but has since built his home and raised his family in Sitka. He’s always gravitated toward the woods. “From boat building to construction, woodworking has always paid the bills for me,” LaPerriere said.
web-posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Authors at Sea 2017, Friday, May 26, 6-9 p.m. Hearthside Books’ annual whale watching cruise will feature local authors Bob Fagen, Ishmael Hope, Eowyn Ivey, Mark Kelley, and Kate Troll. There will be wildlife viewing, wine tasting and refreshments. $65. Tickets available at both Hearthside locations.
web-posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Zach LaPerriere grew up in Ketchikan but has since built his home and raised his family in Sitka. He’s always gravitated toward the woods. “From boat building to construction, woodworking has always paid the bills for me,” LaPerriere said.
web-posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Petersburg transforms the third weekend of May. The downtown is closed to traffic, stores load up stock, and people start arriving in droves. The Little Norway Festival has been a staple of life here for generations, and everyone experiences it in a different way.
web-posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I wonder what fishing with President Trump would be like. This isn’t a pseudo-political column meant to mock the President or degrade the office because of recent (and not so recent) news and rumors surrounding his conduct, or to champion his administrative decisions thus far. It’s just a thought.
web-posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017
If there is one luxury bush dwellers envy city dwellers for, it’s pizza delivery. When I was a kid every teacher of the bush school I attended decided this was an exploitable situation and used it in order to help finance school field trips.
web-posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Graduating from college is a momentous occasion filled with silly hats and cards of congratulations, but as a graduating student, I can say that there is much more to this life event than that.
web-posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Cases of canned fish and a full freezer are wonderful things in fall — but spring, being the season of renewal, is a time to draw down the larder in anticipation of re-stocking with fresh salmon. My family and I try to pace our supply to run out in early June.
web-posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I’ve spent the last four years writing and editing for the Capital City Weekly. Those four years have made for positive, lasting memories.
web-posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017
So I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about companies infiltrating the brain for social media purposes.
web-posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This week, a group of five artists are sleeping in a ferry’s solarium, chatting with strangers and admiring the mountains and waterways of the Inside Passage as they head for their final destination: Sitka.
web-posted Wednesday, April 12, 2017
There are expected elements of disaster and or chaos when camping. Many of them are eliminated when renting a forest service cabin rather than using a tent, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
web-posted Wednesday, April 12, 2017
I went out on a recent morning to catch the minus 1.7 tide. Time was against me. I had to drop off my daughter and get to the spot just as the tide ebbed. I ended up choosing the closest place, rather than the best. It was an epic fail.
web-posted Wednesday, April 5, 2017
In a place where traditional art supplies can be expensive or difficult to find, why not use what you have on hand to make something beautiful? Wearable Art’s celebration of unconventional materials to create a community fashion show is a perfectly Alaskan art form. The Southeast celebration of creativity started in Ketchikan in 1987 and has since spread to Juneau, Sitka, and Petersburg.
web-posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The woman getting out of the skiff on our remote beach looked up in disbelief as the five of us kids raced toward her behind a pack of snarling, barking dogs. “Kill her! Kill her!” she heard us screaming.
web-posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017
It’s hard to articulate the subtleties in something like casting a fly rod because there’s the discrepancy between what you think you do and what you actually do in addition to things you don’t even realize you do.

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