Kirsten Dobroth, KMXT - Kodiak

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blue gloves hold a bat in the dark

Researchers hope Kodiak’s ‘Bat Week’ will help answer some questions about the animals’ lives in Alaska

“Our biggest question and what we wanted to know is: Where (do) these bats go during winter and what do they do when we’re not seeing them?" said Natalie Velez-Suarez.
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Remains of Alutiiq girl taken from Kodiak more than 100 years ago will return to Old Harbor

According to records, Anastasia Ashouwak was taken from an orphanage on Woody Island in the Kodiak Archipelago and sent to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School after her mother died in 1901.
People at a burial ceremony

Remains of Alutiiq people returned to Kodiak after decades-long process

The remains of the four buried recently in Kodiak were too old to be identified, but there’s a sense that they’re finally home, the executive director of the Alutiiq Museum said.
a person flying a small plane

Alaska air carriers are feeling the pinch of nationwide pilot shortage

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points to nearly 150,000 vacant pilot positions that will need to be filled over the next decade.
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Body of missing 7-year-old boy found on Kodiak’s Pillar Mountain

Troopers said there were no obvious signs of foul play identified at the scene and the investigation into the boy’s death is ongoing.
a boy in a chair

Search continues for 7-year-old Kodiak boy

Sawyer Cipolla was reported missing last Saturday afternoon.
A person wering orange gloves holds out mussels

Most paralytic shellfish poisoning cases were among Alaska Natives, but state lacks data for subsistence foods

Cases on Kodiak comprised 25% of statewide incidents of the illness. Areas in Southeast Alaska — like Juneau, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island — also recorded high case rates.
fish fillets

Alaska lawmakers applaud Biden administration ban on Russian seafood imports

The ban on Russian seafood imports is part of a series of escalating sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
A boat ties up to another boat

Stories from Gulf of Alaska fishermen are headed to the Library of Congress

This year’s contributions include stories from mail carriers in Appalachia and health care workers in the Hudson River Valley. Seldovia fisherman Josh Wisniewski’s recordings will be the first from Alaska.
A bear on it's back playing in snow

Winter means hibernation for some — but not all — of Kodiak’s bears

By late November and into early December, they head into their dens for hibernation — but not all of them. About 30% of the Kodiak male bear population don’t den at all, according to a state biologist.
Crabs coming out of a pot.

Kodiak’s tanner crab season is back after yearlong closure

The Kodiak Crab Alliance Cooperative and local canneries agreed to $8.10 per pound.
Fighter jets land on a runway

Alaska gains residents for the first time in four years

“It was just  0.1 percent,” said David Howell, the state demographer. “But still, it broke our trend of population losses that we’ve been seeing.”
A community at sunset

Unalaska and Kodiak set winter warm weather records

Temperatures in Unalaska soared to 56 degrees on Saturday. And in Kodiak on Sunday, temperatures hit 67 degrees.