Author Archives: Pam Foreman

Way Back in Kodiak – From Cronstad to Kodiak

The first round-the-world voyage of the Russians brought Captain Lisianskii and Count Rezanov to Kodiak in 1804 and 1805. On board one of the vessels was an iron bust of Tsar Alexander I, the only object that still remains in Kodiak from this historic journey. But was it the Neva or the Nadezhda that carried this object? This episode departs ... Read More »

Way Back in Kodiak – Prospecting for Halibut

In 1911 and 1912, W.J. Erskine set out to answer and important, and potentially lucrative, question: Did Kodiak have enough halibut to support a fishery? One volcanic eruption, one dead engineer, and over 100,000 lbs. of halibut later, Erskine had an answer. But how was the halibut to reach San Francisco consumers? And could they be enticed to eat frozen ... Read More »

Way Back in Kodiak – In the Week After

Tsunamis had just washed downtown Kodiak out to sea. Earthquakes continued to rock the island. Survivors scrambled to find missing loved ones, reconnect Kodiak’s power, and determine if they wanted to stay in their demolished community or be evacuated to Seattle via Navy plane. This episode examines what happened in the week following the Great Alaska Earthquake in Kodiak, weaving ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock – Tsunami Preparedness

Last week a group of folks gathered in Kodiak to learn about emergency preparedness. The two-and-a-half day event brought representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service and Division of Homeland Security to Kodiak to help train emergency planners, responders, and mayors, among other city and borough staff members. Some of those involved with the training stopped ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock – Tsunami Preparedness

Last week a group of folks gathered in Kodiak to learn about emergency preparedness. The two-and-a-half day event brought representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service and Division of Homeland Security to Kodiak to help train emergency planners, responders, and mayors, among other city and borough staff members. Some of those involved with the training stopped ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock – Tsunami Preparedness

Last week a group of folks gathered in Kodiak to learn about emergency preparedness. The two-and-a-half day event brought representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service and Division of Homeland Security to Kodiak to help train emergency planners, responders, and mayors, among other city and borough staff members. Some of those involved with the training stopped ... Read More »

Way Back in Kodiak – Corked at Karluk

In 1943, Karluk villagers were transferred thousands of acres of land and water to create the only Indian reservation in Kodiak’s history. In this episode, discover how a US Supreme Court case, local canners, village fishermen, and federal agencies responded to the creation of the controversial Karluk Reservation. Read More »

Way Back in Kodiak – Canned at Karluk

This episode follows the journey of a Karluk salmon can. It begins with the earliest Karluk fishermen, the Alutiiq people, and traces the development of the Karluk salmon fishery through the establishment of the Alaska Packers Association in 1893. Along the way, you will learn about the Chinese cannery workers who made the can, the San Francisco-based beach seiners who ... Read More »

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