Trapping tourists and revenue in Ketchikan

By Jeff Lund | For the CCW As the summer draws to an end, irritation with season visitors peaks for many Southeast residents.I’ve only lived in Ketchikan for a few weeks now, so the place still seems big. I know it’s not, but compared to Klawock, it’s a metropolis with incredible people-watching opportunities.I can go…

Last move for a while?

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – My first memory from college isn’t moving in and shaking hands with my roommate.It’s sitting at my desk setting up my computer. The door was open because I figured the worst two things I could do as an 18-year old from Alaska trying to adjust to college life in Tucson, Arizona,…

The long road to residency

(SitNews) Klawock, Alaska – In the eyes of the state of Alaska, I am still 1/6th Californian. I’ve been in the state for ten months so I exist, but I don’t yet belong.Since I’m not patient enough to wait until the one year mark of my return to get the benefits of being a resident,…

When you move on, you carry a pack

By Jeff Lund | For the CCW There are some rocky edges in life that can’t be completely smoothed by the waves of time.I was told I’d never fully get over losing my dad. I can’t remember who told me, but it was true. Movie channels were doing Robin Williams marathons the day my dad…

Making grey colorful

(SitNews) Klawock, Alaska – The world is grey.Yeah, it’s raining, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The more you spend time on the ocean or in the woods with people, the more you notice how many different ways there are to do everything.Part of the adjustment to a new way of life is learning…

Good doggie

I’ve never eaten a chum (dog, keta) salmon. But they are so much fun to catch in the river especially on a fly rod. They have this gothic rainbow, or river camo and nasty teeth. Beautiful and ugly at the same time.

A student once more

A good story starts with an inciting incident – an event that gets the plot moving. Conflict then continues to drive the plot until the credits roll at which point you leave the theater with half a box of $15 over-buttered popcorn under your seat. Life doesn’t function along this continuum. Life provides enough conflict, but…