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Togiak Sac Roe Herring: Catch the Story Before it’s Gone

My own visual memories of Togiak are not much more than a slate of wide, open grey sky that merged into open grey water. In the early 2000s, I flew out from Homer with a spotter pilot, landed on the beach in the community and then probably took a skiff from the beach to go out to meet my dad’s boat, F/V Agave. At the time, I was certainly not taking notes or paying attention to location details but what I do remember is bleak, grey, bland, flat land. The landscape was nothing like the mountains in south central and south east Alaska, I just recall bleakness. I never had the opportunity to explore the magic features of seeking out glass floats washed from across the Pacific, looking for ivory, exploring the shorelines. I went out to simply fish and retrieve my own juvenile income, not to recall anything else. That was not enough to provide a credible nostalgia of what it was like to fish out there in the peak of the alluring, crazy, chaotic competition combined with a visual recollection of stoic, stark, rural Alaska.

Homer ag hub bub full of ‘and more’

This last weekend was crazy busy. Hundreds of people were in town touring farms. There was the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour here to witness our peony farmers first hand. There was the Homer Garden Club’s Gardeners Weekend tours and activities. And I got to be the tour guide for Lainie Kertesz, the western regional sales representative from Johnny’s Seeds.

Fresh food inspires regional cuisine

A little over a year ago I took a trip to visit a friend in Japan. The culture around food there was so different, so deep and so ancient. What impressed me the most wasn’t just their complete awareness and understanding of the seasonality of food, but also their complete dedication to the regionality of food. Different places were famous for different foods and people would travel miles to get that specific food, like a specific chestunut sweet or a specific fish sauce made a certain way with a regional fish.

Coast Guard seeks comments on CIRCAC recertification

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks comments on recertification of the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. CIRCAC has applied for recertification in accordance with a provision of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) which requires an annual review to ensure the citizens’ representative is successfully fulfilling its OPA 90 mandates.

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