Brian Venua, KMXT - Kodiak

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.

Kodiak police name driver in fatal hit-and-run during tsunami evacuation

Police say Clint Moudy has been cooperating with investigators since the late-night July 15 collision. No charges have yet been filed.

Kodiak resident dies in hit-and-run during Saturday’s tsunami evacuation

Kodiak police say they've spoken with the driver who struck and killed the 45-year-old woman. No charges have yet been filed.
a plane crash

Pilot in deadly Kodiak Island plane crash said he made a forced landing

The Piper Cherokee went down just after takeoff from the Old Harbor airstrip on July 2, killing passengers Rod Murdock and Byron Chitwood.

Southwestern Alaska is having its cloudiest summer in 30 years, climatologists say

A low-pressure front that’s stuck over the southern part of the Bering Sea has formed clouds, which the jet stream carries east into southern Alaska.

Thousands respond to Karluk’s viral ad for cost-free living

The community is looking to pay two families with four children each to move to the village in an effort to get state funding and re-establish a school.
a Navy cruiser

Navy missile cruiser stops in Kodiak during Northern Edge exercise

The USS Lake Champlain is the second naval vessel to visit Kodiak this month during this year’s Northern Edge military training exercise.
winter storm waves

This year’s El Niño weather pattern could mean more storms for southern Alaska

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared this year’s climate to be an El Niño year, based on Pacific Ocean conditions.
the Hooper Bay boardwalk

Alaska gets $38M federal grant for climate-related housing disaster recovery

The state of Alaska recently received $38 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to ease the burden of climate change.
Aimee Williams

Kodiak Island Borough’s mayor becomes its manager

Aimee Williams' appointment by the Assembly ends a tumultuous job search, but leaves the borough seeking an interim mayor.
pink salmon

Alaska Legislature sends $300K in salmon donations to Ukraine

More than a year into the war in Ukraine, Alaska’s government is doing its part by sending aid in the form of seafood from the Last Frontier.
boats in a harbor

Kodiak seafood processing vessel fined $200K for sanitation and safety violations

The violations include murky, brown water in the ship’s drinking tanks and serving expired food to crew.
Kodiak History Museum workers

A Kodiak museum is creating a digital archive of its entire collection

The Kodiak History Museum received a $48,000 federal grant last fall to digitize its entire collection of about 2,300 items.

Providence starts ‘earn while you learn’ program to fill empty CNA positions

The Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is one of 17 hospitals in the state trying a new program to pay potential certified nursing assistants as they train.
A brown bear stand in shallow water looking across the water.

Kodiak brown bear cub dies of bird flu

It’s one of only four mammals in Alaska to contract the virus, and the first brown bear to be found with the disease.
a grounded fishing vessel

Coast Guard rescues 3 men, dog after their fishing boat ran aground near Whittier

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men and a dog on Monday after their boat ran aground on Esther Island near Whittier. No injuries were reported.