I am finally out of the city and back in Port Lions on Kodiak Island. The weather is really nice (to me) and the fishing and hunting are better than on the road system around Kodiak. Here is a picture of me taken south of Kodiak in 2003. You can check out the current weather in my area by clicking on the image in the frame at the top of the page. You will also be able to see what the forecast for Kodiak and the surrounding waters will be. Here is more information on Kodiak:
I still fish, hunt and trap. When I'm not doing that, I still work on web pages and desktop publishing jobs for local guides. I also enjoy the abundant wild life and the view. Check out my guns and hunting page, and my fishing page.
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Here is a little Alaska trivia for you. A number of these tidbits were contributed by Kevin of Burbank, California.
- Alaska is not an island a little bit north of Hawaii. The weatherman would like you to believe this, but it is not true. You CAN drive to Alaska.
- Despite anything the media tells you, Alaska's 3 electoral votes elected George W. Bush, not Florida. Without those 3 votes, Florida would not have mattered.
- The Army and Navy provided Alaska's first law enforcement after buying Alaska from Russia in 1867. Soon after, a few Marshals were appointed. The lawlessness resulting from the Skagway and Nome gold rushes prompted the expansion of the number of Marshals. From 1941 until 1953, law enforcement was the responsibility of the Alaska Highway Patrol, although they only enforced traffic laws until 1948. From 1953 until statehood (1959), law enforcement was the responsibility of the Alaska Territorial Police. At the time of statehood, the name was changed to the Alaska State Police. In 1967, the name was once again changed to the Alaska State Troopers.
- Alaska's oldest building is the Baranov Museum in Kodiak. Originally built as a warehouse by the Russian-American Company in 1808, it was later converted to a home. Since 1967, it has housed the museum that is operated by the Kodiak Historical Society.
- Daylight (summer) hours range from continuous daylight from May 10 through August 2 in Barrow to 17 hours, 28 minutes in Ketchikan.
- Daylight (winter) hours range from no daylight from November 18 through January 24 in Barrow to 7 hours, 5 minutes in Ketchikan.
- The highest recorded temperature was recorded in Fort Yukon in 1915. It was 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The lowest recorded temperature was recorded at Prospect Creek on January 23, 1971. It was -80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The strongest wind was recorded at Shemya Island in the Aleutian Chain. It measured 139 miles per hour for over one minute.
- Illiamna Lake is the second largest body of fresh water that is entirely in the United States. Only Lake Michigan is larger.
- Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States. The big island of Hawaii is the largest.
- 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are found in Alaska. There are a total of 19 peaks over 14,000 feet in the state.
- The largest gold nugget ever found in Alaska was 294 troy ounces. This monster was Discovered by Barry Clay in 1998 on Barry's Swift Creek mine near Ruby, AK. This information was brought to my attention by Ed Riley at KOOL 97.3 in Anchorage.
- The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are frequently viewed between August and May.
- Alaska is 586,412 square miles. It is 1/5 the size of the continental United States. It is bordered by two oceans and three seas (coastline of 6,640 miles), has 3 million lakes, more than 3,000 rivers and 5,000 glaciers.
- In an area this size, there are 626,932 residents (2000 census). Of that number, 260,283 live in Anchorage, 30,711 live in Juneau and 30,224 live in Fairbanks. That leaves a lot of space for the rest of us.
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