Episode 48 – Native Art with Ronnie Fairbanks

High school and middle school Native Art teacher Ronnie Fairbanks talks teaching Native Art, the value it brings to a community and individual creativity within a traditional art form. Also, how do you bend wood to make a box? Ronnie knows. https://soundcloud.com/user-139657843/episode-48-native-art-with-ronnie-fairbanks

Episode 47 – Fish taxidermy

Travis Peterson from Off the Hook Taxidermy in Klawock, talks about why he got into fish taxidermy, how to prepare your fish for mounting and recaps hunting musk ox with his recurve bow.          

Getting Alpine ready

Prepping the body to reduce pain By Danielle York (Resident CrossFit – Modesto, California) For The Mediocre Alaskan When prepping for a hike, especially a hike with a pack on our backs we need to make sure that our core, hips, and glutes are firing to reduce low back, ankle and knee discomfort. When you…

Being local and local-ish

JEFF LUND For the Capital City Weekly I used to get a little territorial when it came to non-locals descending on Prince of Wales. Ironic, of course, because I had this attitude even after I finished college and was living in California. Though I consider Klawock home, you do forfeit something when you move away….

Episode 46 – The Creative Hustle

A podcast months in the making with the Creative Hustler himself Matt Hamilton​. Great stuff about finding inspiration, work ethic, the value of boredom, tenacity and some Ketchikan history.

Does coffee stimulate plant growth?

For Caffeine and Kilos by Jeff Lund Every year, there are car-sized plants shown at the Alaska State Fair. Well, any state fair, but the thing that makes it special in Alaska is the growing season is so short – just three months – but with 24 hours of daylight, it makes up for a…

Episode 45 – Ketchikan hiking

On the way back down from scouting some deer territory, I talk bear protection on hikes, why it’s important to not totally rely on Google Earth and the best hiking trails in the Ketchikan area. And yes, I really did fall while recording.

Dry Fly Fantasies

By JEFF LUND For the Capital City Weekly There were trout, but they were following steelhead waiting for eggs or feasting on newly emerged salmon fry. I put on a No. 16 elk hair caddis because I was determined to catch a trout on a dry fly for the first time this year. I proceeded to…

Episode 44 – Snagging terminal salmon

It’s normally called a “foul hook” but in some areas of Alaska, it is legal to snag salmon. It’s crazy, it’s exciting and it’s frowned upon by those who haven’t done it but it’s an efficient way to harvest meat from fish that won’t spawn.

Coffee causes cancer? Give me a break

By Jeff Lund According to the label, my fishing rod has “chemicals known to cause cancer.” Now the coffee I am drinking while fishing may cause cancer too? Really? In the interest of keeping us informed and keeping us safe, warnings are everywhere and now may come with coffee. Apparently when coffee beans are roasted, a chemical called…