Brian Venua, KMXT - Kodiak

Brian Venua, KMXT - Kodiak
boats offload to processing plants

Alaska’s seafood industry is in trouble. Processors and policymakers blame Russia.

Seafood companies and fishermen often target multiple species to reduce their risk, but the current price collapse is happening almost across the board.
a man

Popular superhero movies fuel lucrative hobby for Kodiak comic collectors

Fan Con, Kodiak's annual culture convention, offers a glimpse into decades-deep collections of comic books in the island community.

Cuvier’s beaked whale found dead on Kodiak Island

Beaked whales are a rare sight and spend most of their lives deep in the ocean. But one was found dead on a beach near Kodiak last week.
a whale

Kodiak humpback whale necropsy indicates poor health before death

Brian Venua joined researchers performing a necropsy on a humpback whale that died near Kodiak. Recently, locals have observed fewer whales in the area.
the Pacific Spaceport Complex

Alaska Aerospace could get a new CEO soon

Earlier this month, Gov. Mike Dunleavy rejected CEO candidate Sean Thomas and later ousted the board’s chair, Robert McCoy.
fishing vessels

Alaska lawmakers herald Biden administration closing of loophole on Russian seafood

Russia will no longer be able to sell seafood to U.S. markets after processing products through other countries.
a square building with a large black chimney with a sign that reads "Trident Seafoods"

Fishermen and community leaders react to Trident announcement to sell a third of its Alaska plants

Trident Seafoods shocked fleets when it announced last week it would sell plants in Kodiak, Petersburg, Ketchikan, and False Pass.

‘It’s troubling for every one of us’: Kodiak reacts to Trident processing plant sales

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson says the city didn't have any advance warning last week of Trident Seafoods' plans to sell four Alaska processing plants.
a seafood plant

Trident Seafoods to sell 4 Alaska processing plants

Trident’s processing plants in Kodiak, Ketchikan, Petersburg and False Pass are all now for sale.
a whale

Rare fin whale found dead near Kodiak

Fin whales can live up to 90 years in the wild, but biologists say the whale found late last month on Kodiak Island was between 10 and 14 years old.
a clinic

Kodiak clinic continues care after FBI search

State and federal officials were tight-lipped about Tuesday's search at Kodiak Island Ambulatory Care Clinic. Its owner says agents were looking for drugs.
the Karluk school

Karluk school to close again after families drawn by free housing leave

As of Monday both of the new families, chosen from more than 5,000 respondents to bring enough children to reopen the school, had left Karluk.
a state ferry

State ferry Tustumena is offline for repairs for up to a week

Ferries have a life expectancy of about 30 years, but the Tustumena has been in operation for almost double that time.
a whale

Humpback found dead near Kodiak gets Alaska’s first 2023 whale necropsy

Investigators say the whale, a female sub-adult found Sept. 25, had been attacked by predators and may have been struck by a boat.
a family

After viral ad offering expense-free living, Alaska community will have school for the first time since 2018

To reopen its school, Karluk's tribal council posted a viral ad offering to pay a year of living expenses for two families to move there. It worked.
an orb

‘We don’t know what it is’: Scientists baffled by golden orb found in Gulf of Alaska

The orb is being sent along with other samples from the expedition to Washington, D.C. for identification.
a building with a sign that says "KBSD Central Service"

In Kodiak, state funding cuts mean bigger class sizes and higher costs for families

The Kodiak Island Borough School District was counting on a one-time funding boost approved by the state Legislature.
a fishing boat

A salmon glut has sent prices plunging, and economists don’t know when they’ll recover

Processors recently announced a base price of just 50 cents per pound – the lowest price in decades, when adjusted for inflation.
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Senate Agriculture Committee’s ranking member visits Kodiak to talk fisheries and farms

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., visited a co-op store in Kodiak and a farm in Ouzinkie to gain perspective on Alaska agriculture concerns.
a brown bear

One of the oldest – and most beloved – bears at Katmai National Park finally returns to Brooks Falls

Bear 480, a longtime Fat Bear Week contender also known as Otis, arrived at Brooks Falls on July 26 — the latest he’s been noticed yet.