Kirsten Dobroth, KMXT - Kodiak

Kirsten Dobroth, KMXT - Kodiak
boats in a harbor

Kodiak fishermen sit out opener as dispute over crab prices continues

Fishermen should have been setting their gear on Sunday morning for the opening of Kodiak’s biggest Tanner crab fishery since 1986. But the boat harbor was almost full – dozens of vessels were stacked high with empty crab pots. At the coffee shop downtown right near the docks, fishermen lined up for free coffee instead.  
a Kodiak crab boat

Kodiak’s tanner crab fishery is set to open Sunday. But the fishermen aren’t going out.

Fishermen say they won’t go fishing for the prices offered by local canneries, amid a winter fishing season already hit by closures and strikes.
a crashed Kodiak rocket

Kodiak rocket crashes at spaceport after launch

A spokesperson for ABL Space Systems said no injuries were reported in the crash, and that "fires have subsided" at the Kodiak Pacific Spaceport.
Kodiak's airport

Kodiak cancels school basketball tournament, dance team trip after travel disruptions

A popular Kodiak community Facebook group was filled with posts from fellow travelers trying to figure out how to get on and off the island. 
a boat with buoys on the side

Nearly 3 years after deadly sinking, debris from the Scandies Rose finds its way to a family in Kodiak

“When I touched those buoys it was like getting a hug from my brother," said Gerry Cobban Knagin.
a group of people gather outside, in front of a snowy mountain

Appeal denied for man convicted of killing 2 Coast Guard coworkers in Kodiak

James Wells was sentenced to life in federal prison for the 2012 murders of Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Rich Belisle.
A deck of a boat pulling up crab pots

U.S. Commerce Secretary approves new disasters for crab fisheries in Alaska

The declarations trigger federal relief for 2021's Yukon-Kuskokwim and Chignik salmon fisheries, as well as this year’s Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab fisheries.

Defense spending bill includes funding for an Alaska-based icebreaker

Sen. Dan Sullivan said the National Defense Authorization Act for the upcoming fiscal year appropriates $150 million towards buying and converting an existing icebreaker.
a rocket in Kodiak

Kodiak’s next commercial rocket launch set for early December

California-based aerospace company ABL Space Systems has pushed back the window for launching its RS1 rocket from the Kodiak Pacific Spaceport Complex to December.
A deck of a boat pulling up crab pots

Disaster requests for Bering Sea crabbers highlight difficulty of getting financial relief to fishermen

The current process of getting financial relief to fishermen is cumbersome and slow, but Bering Sea crabbers are hoping for changes in the system.
a family photo of two adult men and a child

More than 2 years after fatal naval base shooting, a Kodiak family is still looking for answers

The Navy SEALs have a video of the shooting, but they have stonewalled the family’s requests to see it.

Dunleavy, Peltola request disaster funds for Bering Sea crab fisheries

Gov. Mike Dunleavy sought expedited disaster designations to compensate fishermen in the closed 2022 Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries.
a barrel of crab

Bering Sea king and snow crab seasons canceled amid population declines

For the first time ever, the Bering Sea snow crab fishery will not open for the upcoming season. The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will also be closed for a second year in a row.
a Kodiak spaceport sign

Commercial space industry counts on Kodiak launches, but some locals are a no-go

Kodiak’s Pacific Spaceport Complex could be a chance for Alaska to get in on the commercial space industry's ground floor — but it has to overcome some local opposition.

Kodiak’s St. Paul Preschool is closing, adding to island’s childcare shortage

St. Paul Preschool administrators say they can’t find a new director to keep the school open.
two men side by side

Challengers fillet Dunleavy’s fish policies at Kodiak debate

Gov. Mike Dunleavy didn't attend Monday's debate. The two gubernatorial candidates who did attend, Les Gara and former Gov. Bill Walker, took aim at his policies.

Kodiak investigators seize $656K in fentanyl, heroin, meth bust

Two people were arrested in Kodiak, with 11,457 blue fentanyl pills, 3.15 pounds of crystal meth, 89 grams of tar heroin, five handguns and $58,722 in cash confiscated.
rainbow fentanyl pills

Kodiak police find rainbow fentanyl pills amid increase in overdoses

Kodiak public health and law enforcement officials are sounding the alarm over a recently arrived wave of fentanyl — including a new form called rainbow fentanyl.
man standing at a microphone

Sen. Sullivan announces legislation targeting illegal foreign fishing operations during Kodiak visit

The FISH Act directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to compile a list of foreign vessels that have engaged in unsanctioned fishing and ban them from U.S. ports.
A line coming up to a boat attached to some buoys with kelp hanging down

NOAA publishes blueprint for mariculture research in Alaska

According to NOAA, 82 kelp farms – and additional 24 permits pending approval – are currently in operation in the state, mostly in Southeast Alaska and in the waters off Kodiak Island.