Brian Venua

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

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared this year’s climate to be an El Niño year based on conditions in the Pacific Ocean.  El Niño and La Niña are Spanish for “the boy” and “the girl,” respectively. But when it comes to climate, they’re part of an irregular cycle of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator.  …

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Kodiak Island Borough Assembly appoints Scott Arndt as mayor

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly appointed Scott Arndt as mayor Thursday night. The Assembly received three applications for borough mayor: from current Assembly members Scott Arndt and Joseph Delgado, and former Assembly member Rebecca Skinner.  Scott Arndt swearing in to be borough mayor, May 4, 2023. (Via the borough’s YouTube channel) Community members from all over the archipelago came to …

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Kodiak’s first cruise ship of the season arrives from Japan

Kodiak is expecting its busiest cruise ship season this summer since 2019, when 30 cruises visited the island. The first ship of the year, Holland America’s 950-foot Westerdam, docked at Pier 2 early Tuesday morning after sailing from Japan.  David and Lili Fraiberg were among the first group of tourists off the Westerdam. Lili (left) and David (right) Fraiberg seen …

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Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and Discover Kodiak hire new executive directors ahead of summer tourist season

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and the local visitor’s bureau, Discover Kodiak, both recently announced new executive directors. The new directors are taking the reins just in time for the busy summer season.  The two bureaus are housed in the same building, and their missions are similar. Each is aimed at making Kodiak a better place. Discover Kodiak focuses mostly …

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Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet to visit Kodiak next week

The United States Coast Guard Band is touring Alaska this month and will even do a show in Kodiak. Their visit will include a saxophone quartet performance.  The full Coast Guard Band has 55 musicians. The full group will have shows in Juneau and Anchorage, but they’re splitting up to also visit Kodiak and Fairbanks.  A United States Coast Guard …

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Bristol Bay commercial fleet concerned last year’s record haul could affect this season’s prices

Bristol Bay had an astounding 77 million salmon return between the region’s nine most bountiful rivers last year. Over 60 million sockeye were harvested, more than double the 20-year average.  While huge salmon returns are great for a sustainable run, that supply could prove a problem for processors. Marketing agencies are now working to sell the frozen salmon before last …

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Borough starts budget talks for next fiscal year

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed the budget for the 2024 fiscal year at its work session last night.  Next year’s budget is just shy of $7.7 million, nearly $700,000 more than last year. The current plan for the budget however does not include an increase for education funds. The Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT) The biggest …

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Borough to open application process to public for mayor

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is experiencing a power shuffle since current Borough Mayor Aimee Williams will become the borough manager next month. The Assembly discussed the procedure for finding a new mayor at its meeting last week, but were left with no clean options.  “Vote here” sign placed outside the Kodiak Island Borough and City of Kodiak building. (Photo …

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