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Wooden Halibut Hooks Still Catching Fish 
Of course, paddlesports as we know them owe a great deal to the craft used by the Native Peoples of North America. Part of the lore of these traditional designs surrounds their use, for both transportation and obtaining food. Whether harvesting rice, hunting seals, or trading, canoes and kayaks were essential to native lifestyles. The Smithsonian has an article on the handcrafted, wooden fishing hooks used even today in Alaska, to catch halibut: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/revival-traditional-indigenous-wooden-halibut-hook-alaska-180970623/

OSMB Legislative Concepts Video 
The marine board is back to promote their legislative concepts package for the 2019 legislative session, this time with a video. In it, the agency’s new director pitches the various aspects of their proposals. The video’s treatment of the access permit proposal is brief, and adds little to what is already known, but a more comprehensive video on the topic is promised for the future. The portion of the video dedicated to the access account proposal begins at about 6:50: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ueGzt-ZazE&feature=youtu.be

Illuminata Regatta Set for December 15 
The winter solstice version of the regatta is set for the evening of December 15, though details only appear to be available to Facebook users. This is the link I was given, but cannot vouch for: https://www.facebook.com/nd/?groups%2F193754833982135%2Fpermalink%2F2152026258154973%2F&aref=1540009827624444&medium=email&mid=578a139c2ae0fG5af34fcc71fbG578a17ab9e5fcG96&bcode=2.1540009974.AbyuvlRVJdv2bHZCsoQ&n_m=stephaniehazen17%40gmail.com