Bugs Do Dirty Work


Mary Donaldson/KMXT There is a business in Kodiak that has a unique method to prepare hunters’ big game trophies. The company, which has 50-thousand workers, would be the island’s largest employer by far, if the owner actually paid them. Mary Donaldson has more. (Nat Sound Intro:04s“…fades out.”) That’s the sound of thousands of workers toiling away at Ken Hanson’s side ... Read More »

State Reaches Agreement On Nordic Viking Spill

Jay Barrett/KMXT The State of Alaska has come to a financial settlement with the former owners of the fishing vessel Nordic Viking. Almost a year ago the 130-foot boat ran aground off of Port Gravina in Prince William Sound, spilling 35-hundred gallons of diesel fuel. A Kodiak man, Dale Pruitt, was the skipper at the time of the grounding. Read More »

Marine Debris Littering Kodiak Coastlines

Mary Donaldson/KMXT Constantly, tons of garbage floating in ocean waters washes onshore on beaches worldwide. In Alaska, the trash fouls beaches and interferes with wildlife habitats. A local nonprofit was formed a few years ago that deals with these issues in Kodiak. Mary Donaldson has this report. Read More »

Drummers Gear Up For Saturday Show

Casey Kelly/KMXT The Kodiak Island Drummers held a free concert on the St. Paul Harbor spit today (Tuesday). The performance was a practice run for this Saturday’s concert at the fairgrounds, where the drummers will open up for North Carolina’s Toubab Krewe. The African influenced group is playing a KMXT sponsored set. Casey Kelly stopped by the drummers’ show and ... Read More »

Rogue Taxicabs Upsets City Council

Jay Barrett/KMXT Rogue taxicabs continue to be a problem in the city of Kodiak. They are run by people who provide rides to and from work or the grocery stores for their neighbors, for a fee smaller than what a licensed taxi would charge. They mainly serve cannery workers and others in the city’s service industries. Read More »

Adult League Softball Dwindling

Mary Donaldson/KMXT Every Sunday, softball enthusiasts meet up at Baranof Field for a pick-up game. With interest in softball down, the future of softball is in danger. Mary Donaldson has this report. Read More »

Meetings Held With EVOS Plaintiffs


Kodiak Attorney Matt Jamin addresses Exxon Valdez oil spill plaintiffs at a meeting Friday in Kodiak. (Photo by Stacy Studebaker). Casey Kelly/KMXT The first of several meetings with plaintiffs in the aftermath of last week’s Supreme Court decision in the Exxon Valdez oil spill punitive damages case was held in Kodiak Friday. The meetings are designed to help claimants understand ... Read More »

City Council Backs GOA Observer Funding

Jay Barrett/KMXT The Kodiak City Council came out in favor of federal funding for fisheries observers at processing plants and aboard boats in the Gulf of Alaska. Vessels participating in federal fisheries are required to have observers. For vessels between 60 and 125 feet, they must have observers 30-percent of the time. Over that length, and observers must be aboard ... Read More »

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