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Tanner crab season closes

Tanner crab. (Photo by Paul Quesnell / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The tanner crab fishery wrapped up last week. Nat Nichols, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist for the Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries, says the opening lasted roughly four days, which is about what they expected. And as far participation goes, he says a total of 55 ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Tanner Crab

On today’s Talk of the Rock, we chat about the recent tanner crab opening with Nat Nichols from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He’ll give a retrospective on the tanner crab fishery, which opened this year for the first time in Kodiak since 2013. Read More »

Coast Guard medevacs man near Cold Bay

MH-60 Jayhawk parked in Cold Bay. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard) Mitch Borden/KMXT On Sunday morning(1/28), a Coast Guard aircrew flew an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter 70 miles west of Cold Bay to medevac a 59-year-old man from the fishing vessel Ocean Rover.  The aircrew and helicopter were forward deployed to Cold Bay from air station Kodiak. ... Read More »

State honors Judge Roy Madsen

Roy Madsen. (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT Governor Bill Walker has ordered all Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff today to honor Kodiak’s Judge Roy Madsen who passed away on December 26th. He was 94. Madsen was the first Alaskan Native to become an Alaska superior ... Read More »

Project partners look toward assessment of land for redevelopment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local partners are looking at how to distribute a large grant to assess land called brownfields for redevelopment on the island. Brownfields are parcels of land that may have been used as commercial or industrial sites in the past and may have been contaminated from hazardous waste or petroleum. On the island, that might mean properties that were ... Read More »

The borough assembly discusses increasing its mill rate

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed raising the region’s mill rate at its latest work session(1/25). The possible increase would support a request for more funding by the borough’s school district. The district’s asked for around $1.5 million more than last year. It’s too early to know for certain how much the borough mill rate would go up ... Read More »

Kodiak bans plastic shopping bags

Single-use plastic shopping bags on the street. (Photo by Velkr0/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting on Thursday (1/26), the Kodiak city council voted to ban the distribution of single-use disposable plastic shopping bags by retailers within the city limits. This ban will not embargo the use of all plastic bags, but the kind given out at grocery stores that are ... Read More »

Subcommittee tackles subject of downtown transient population

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Community leaders are concerned about the transient population downtown. Members of the public have complained about harassment from people loitering in the mall area, but business owners also pinpoint theft as an issue. The Downtown Kodiak Revitalization Social Issues and Public Safety Subcommittee talked about the situation at a meeting this week. The event drew significant attendance from ... Read More »

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