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Yeah, Right! File # 27: The Smelts are at Napakiak

by Tad Lindley Forgive me for being a doubting Thomas, but when the rumors of smelt location start flying in May, I try to change the subject. The reports always conflict with each other. On […]

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What is a narcissist?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: What is a narcissist? Answer: The dictionary definition of a narcissist is “a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.” It is the concept of excessive selfishness. […]

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The right to a peaceful environment

by Peter Twitchell When we were boys not too long ago, and we were going out to play we were given instructions by our mom and dad and grandparents, “Ilaten ata kenkurluki piurqina.” Meaning, “Love […]

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Focus on empowering yourself

by Peter Twitchell I met Carla Maxwell recently here in Anchorage who told me about her death in a traumatic car/van accident. She died bewildered, not sure what was going on around her. Her state […]

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What Would You Do With a Million Dollars?

by Tad Lindley The old joke goes, “They asked the farmer, ‘What would you do if you won the lottery?’ He said, ‘I reckon I’d just keep farming until the money ran out.’” As Christians, […]

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Secret Discovered: How to Open the Floodgates of Heaven

by Tad Lindley How many of you want the windows of heaven to open so that God could pour out a blessing onto you? Imagine that the blessing would be so big, that you did […]

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To serve on council is an honor

by Peter Twitchell The fair City of Bethel, Alaska is not a thriving community with unlimited municipal funds like Barrow, for example. I don’t believe the Bethel City Council members should be paid public servants […]

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Bonaparte’s Gull Nacallngaq

by Frank Keim Athough the Bonaparte’s gull is Alaska’s smallest gull, I’ve never seen a feistier one, and I suggest not picking a fight with it.* This means, if you approach their nest or their […]

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Why is Easter Always on a Different Date?

by Tad Lindley Did you ever notice that Easter never falls on the same day? For instance, Independence Day always falls on July fourth. In fact, many people have quit calling it “Independence Day”, instead […]

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Fried Buttermilk Scones

by Millie Bentley Greetings. I’m always on the lookout for good fry bread. So many of you folks out there make wonderful varieties. Meanwhile here is a recipe for fried scones which are mighty tasty […]

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Multiple Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Is Multiple Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder the same? Answer: No. They are two separate diagnoses. However Multiple Personality Disorder, which is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), is often […]

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It’s never easy to lose a friend

by Peter Twitchell I have a friend who is terminally ill. It’s never easy to lose a friend. To tell you the truth, I was overcome with anger when I found out. Due in large […]

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God’s Love is Unconditional, But His Salvation Isn’t

by Tad Lindley As our creator, God loves all people. Even those who do not recognize him. Whether we are an atheist worshipping the intellect of man, or idolator bowing down and kissing statues, or […]

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Early Entry into Kindergarten

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury It’s the time of the year when parents of children who miss the entry date into Kindergarten by a few days, weeks, or even months consider whether they should have their […]

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The Soporific Properties of Walrus

by Tad Lindley I’m hearing rumors of lots of walrus on the coast, even seeing pictures on Facebook, but I’m not going to believe them until I taste the walrus between my teeth! Shouts out […]

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Blueberries Breakfast Bread

by Millie Bentley Greetings. I hope you will like this recipe that calls for those blueberries still in freezer, if you have any. Amanda Galliher who used to work at the Bethel Police Department as […]

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Role of a Psychologist

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: As a psychologist, what is it like being able to psych people out all the time? This is a common misperception of psychology and psychologists. I suppose every psychologist has […]

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Good thoughts, good words, good deeds

by Peter Twitchell Queen the rock band from the 1970s recorded “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I wasn’t aware of the values “good thoughts, good words, good deeds” as being joined to each other. We were taught these […]

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Who Would You Die For?

by Tad Lindley In Helmand Province, Afghanistan on February 9, 2008. Matthew Croucher and three other British Marines were on a reconnaissance mission. While going through a building, they triggered a trip wire grenade. In […]

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Carmel Walnut Bars

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Without any further ado let’s go to the kitchen and make some nice, comforting, low-calorie, low-carb cookie-like bars. (Comforting? Yes. Low-calorie/carb? No. Good? Yes!) Carmel Walnut Bars 2 cups flour ½ […]

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Congratulations to our Iditarod Champion

by Peter Twitchell Congratulations to Pete Kaiser, our 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Champion! You have set the course for future generations of Yup’ik mushers! A Yup’ik by birth Pete’s ancestral roots go deep into […]

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Breakfast Casserole Deluxe

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This week we have a recipe from Denise Thulin. Denise lived in Bethel for a number of years and cooked breakfast at the B&B. Her recipe is a breakfast entrée that […]

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Killed By a Craving for Cucumbers

by Tad Lindley Imagine that you had been a slave, that you had been frequently beaten by the overseers. Imagine that the government had sought out your sons and killed them as soon as they […]

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God’s Greatest Hits: the Beetles Part II

by Tad Lindley If you did not read last week’s column, please do so in preparation for this week’s column. For those of you who have been so patiently waiting all week to see how […]

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God’s Greatest Hits: the Beetles Part I

by Tad Lindley Before we get to the beetles, let me give you a brief synopsis of events leading up to the creation of the beetles. And although Google spell check does not recognize “beetles” […]

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What Causes Spring Fever?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: With the weather turning warm so early, I feel like I am coming down with spring fever. What causes spring fever? When I first received this question, I thought I […]

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Sometimes God Doesn’t Work a Miracle

by Tad Lindley Some preachers tell you, “Name it and claim it”. The skeptics among us call that type of message “blab it and grab it”. It is the concept that, as born again children […]

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How time flies

by Peter Twitchell It’s good to see high school, college-age parents and grandparents fill up the dance hall at Carpenter’s Hall in downtown Anchorage, where the young and old mingle. I never see kids running […]

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Roasted Salmon with Greek Yogurt Sauce

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a different way to prepare your salmon if you are looking to tickle your taste buds. This recipe will fill the bill once or twice. A nice feature is […]

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There’s Not Enough Violence on Television

by Tad Lindley Warning: The following article contains graphic depictions of violence that may not be suitable for those wishing to remain discouraged. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom […]

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Botany File #1: The Seed Has to Be Buried

by Tad Lindley When I was younger I worked summers in Bristol Bay. One of the camps was on the Egegik River up near the lake. Down by the top of the lagoon there were […]

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Got Religion, but Still a Dry Drunk

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: Dr. Bradbury, some time in the past, you wrote an article explaining the “dry-drunk syndrome.” I don’t know where I put the article and I would like to read it […]

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Music is alive and well

by Peter Twitchell Just a couple schools of thought. My relative David Chanar reiterated the return of vinyl records! They are here so are the phonograph record players! Available in every major store and pawn […]

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Getting involved unites us

by Peter Twitchell Tonight 3-4 bands will play at the Carpenter’s Hall following a potluck. It will be a sober event where families gather. Activities here in the biggest village in Alaska are a little […]

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Which is Worse? Alcohol or Marijuana?

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Questions: I have hearing a lot about marijuana with the possibility of a shop opening in Bethel. I keep hearing that marijuana is a lot better for a person than alcohol. […]

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Blessings for 2019

by Peter Twitchell Two weeks already into a new year, it’s time to lighten our load of excess baggage! Let’s get rid of resentments, jealousy, hatred, envy, anger, blame, temper, even our great BIG ego, […]

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Man Kills Pastor, Because “Wife” Doesn’t Like the Preaching!

by Tad Lindley Some of you already think that I made this up just from reading the title. Nobody would be stupid enough to do that. If you don’t like the preaching just quit the […]

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Disagreements Over Disclipline

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: My wife often scolds me for not disciplining the children when they misbehave, but when I do try to discipline them, she attacks me for being too harsh. I find […]

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You Need to Get Married

by Tad Lindley Just this morning (I’m writing this on a Sunday evening January 13, 2019), a middle aged couple from the Yukon was walking by our church in Bethel before 9:00 AM. They decided […]

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

by Millie Bentley Greetings. One great piece of kitchen equipment to use when making one (or several) of these hearty meals is a slow cooker, or crock pot. They’re just wonderful to have when you […]

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Help for Internet Addiction

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Two weeks ago, I wrote an article on Internet addiction and one of readers of this column responded with the following: Hello Dr. Bradbury, I wanted to point you and your […]

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King Herod Kills Kids

by Tad Lindley Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The place of his birth was actually prophesied about in the book of Micah, As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah – […]

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Christmas brings families together

by Peter Twitchell Christmas in the 1950s was a special time in Bethel. Students were getting ready for Christmas by making rings out of cray paper. Mrs. Fancher helped us cut strips of colored paper […]

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Apple Cranberry Coffee Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings! I would like to share a really good coffee cake recipe that I have. It has, in the past, received rave reviews from folks. (Rave reviews are when every last crumb […]

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Remembering a good friend

by Peter Twitchell My cousin Joseph Adolph Woods Jr. and I were like brothers. We grew up together in Bethel. We hunted together with our cousins Joseph “Manny” Evon and Henry Kohl. We were successful […]

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The Sleeping Giant

by Peter Twitchell The earth is like a sleeping giant, when it awakes it is uncontrollable. In my 67 years walking the tundra, the land has been friendly. I experienced my first earthquake November 30, […]

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Border Crossing: Checkpoint Israel

by Tad Lindley They knew Jesus was coming. His people were watching and waiting. They were expecting him to ride in with trumpets blaring. It had been prophesied from way back that the Messiah would […]

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Be a part of an Elder organization

by Peter Twitchell I had the great pleasure, first of all, to play my bass guitar in David Chanar’s “Pilot Bread” Fiddle Band, then on top of that to perform for the Elder’s of Wasilla’s […]

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Holiday Breakfast Casserole

by Millie Bentley Greetings. Here is a holiday breakfast recipe for December. It was originally published as a recipe to make for Easter morning, but I thought it could also be used for Christmas. I […]

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Marijuana and Creativity

by Dr. Lorin Bradbury Question: I have friends who have almost convinced me that there are many benefits, besides pleasure, in using marijuana. One of the things they stress is the creativity that results, particularly […]

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Does the 7.0 Anchorage Earthquake Mean the End is Near?

by Tad Lindley Everyone who was there will never forget what they were doing when it hit. My family member was attending a training seminar in a tall hotel. As people poured out of the […]

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Grandma Jensen’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

by Millie Bentley Greetings. This pound cake comes from Patty Olmstead’s family recipes. She shared a lot of recipes with us and here’s one of my favorites. It comes from her Grandma Jensen, which, according […]

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“Six Tips to Spice up Your Romance”

by Tad Lindley At least that’s what they used to read. Nowadays it seems like a lot of them have replaced the word “romance” with the words “sex life”. If you’ve never seen them, they […]

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Man Gets Run Over By Truck In a Case of Misunderstanding

by Tad Lindley The sister was testifying in church. She was meaning to quote Psalm 51:7 which says, Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than […]