Ketchikan
web-posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017
NEA Big Read Kick Off and Keynote Alaskan Authors Panel, Friday, Sept. 29, 5-7 p.m., Alaska State Library.
web-posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017
On an ordinary run-of-the-mill swallow, I felt it. You know: the dread of something bad, the introduction to a cold, the warning shot from a virus or bacteria staking its claim. I swallowed again and it was gone but I had been warned.
web-posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The axis around which our rural community of Meyers Chuck revolves is the state-installed dock. So we decided to have a boat party at it late this summer to reunite members of our far flung family.
web-posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Proxima Centauri, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7-8 p.m., Marie Drake Planetarium. Scientists say their investigations of the closest star, Proxima Centauri, show it to have an Earth-sized planet orbiting about it. What is more, this rocky globe is moving in a zone that would make liquid water on its surface a possibility. Four light years distance, 25 trillion miles. Twin Earth? The talk will be followed by ‘The Stars Tonight’ on the Spitz projector. Free.
web-posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Film presentation: “New Moon Over Tohoku,” Thursday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater. Vancouver filmmaker Linda Ohama will present her film which explores the rebuilding efforts after the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, including help from Alaska fishermen.
web-posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017
When I was a kid I thought of it as like living in an elevator. Our house rose and fell daily with the tides. Now, I hardly notice the elevator-element until in the middle of summer after a long series of low tides where my house might not float at all for a week. Then one day there’s a large high tide and I get a sudden sensation of height, as if my house is floating on air, as if there are a zillion colorful ballons tied to it about to waft me on my way to Paradise Falls.
web-posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017
After visiting Alaska for the first time, my buddy Chuy posted a picture with the caption, “If you do Alaska the way we did it, it reaches into the man’s soul and gives it a sense of eudaimonic well-being.”
web-posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017
And just like that, the winds have changed. Our summer, such as it was, is fading with the light, as are my regular dispatches from Petersburg. I heard KRBD’s Leila Kheiry on the radio interviewing Wes Adkins, with Juneau-based National Weather Service, who laughed at his own descriptions of Ketchikan’s record-breaking summer rainfall. In that laugh I heard the can-you-believe-this tone that’s been echoing around town.
web-posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017
At this year’s market, Alaskans were highly visible and highly praised.
web-posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Nothing great has been accomplished without enthusiasm. Emerson wrote that, but it’s been used by coaches, motivational speakers etc., because it states the importance of the way you go about things.
web-posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The Tongass Historical Museum of the Ketchikan Museums has brought to its city an exhibit that is looking at both art created up to 100 years ago and work created by artists today to have a better understanding of the past and the present.
web-posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Currently, the Forest Service allows 60 tourists per day to visit Anan between July 5 and Aug. 25. That figure hasn’t changed significantly in about 20 years, and demand is building like rising waters behind a dam.
web-posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Let’s be honest here, gaining 1500 feet over a mile is nothing like an hour in a hot tub eating ice cream. Quads burn, calves cry, lungs bleed (not really, but if you’re on a steep slope and you’re out of shape enough, it can taste like it).
web-posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The day was Sept. 11, 2001.
web-posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017
First Day of School, Wednesday, Aug. 16.
web-posted Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Several commercial Alaska oyster farmers are back in business after state testing showed their respective shellfish contained greater-than-allowed levels of naturally occurring toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, a potentially fatal illness.
web-posted Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Cruise ships. Those words elicit a firestorm of opinion in many Alaskans.
web-posted Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Back to School Chill, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 5-6:30 p.m., Valley Library. Join for a workshop focusing on self-regulating. Targeting at ages 10-18.
web-posted Wednesday, August 2, 2017
“When is it my turn to use the sledgehammer?” Astraea, the 12-year-old girl we have staying with us this summer, demanded.
web-posted Wednesday, August 2, 2017
My buddy Troy sent a text message before an administrator’s meeting at his school district in California while I was loading my pack for an alpine deer hunt. By the way, it’s so much easier to pack for a hunt when you’re the meat hauler not the deer shooter.
web-posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Rowboat travel, even in boats with a sail like Oiselle, is usually sea turtle travel. They’re slow and bound by weather and tides but they see more and they can navigate oceans.
web-posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Super Smash Brothers Wii Tournament, Thursday, July 27, 2-4 p.m., Valley Library. Learn some characters’ anime backstory and play a tournament.
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
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 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 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
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 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 21, 2017
The Sitka Summer Musical Festival has big dreams and they are taking actions to make them come true.
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 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.