Brian Venua

Travis Cooper named new executive director of Island Trails Network

Kodiak’s Island Trails Network manages several trail systems and organizes marine debris cleanup around the archipelago. The organization recently named a new executive director for the first time since the nonprofit’s inception.  Travis Cooper (right) and his daughter (left) on March 2, 2023. Brian Venua/KMXT Travis Cooper previously served as the non-profit’s trails program coordinator. His former position was more …

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Kodiak Island Borough School District braces for another year of flat funding

Education funding has been a big part of discussions in the Alaska Legislature this session – and the uncertainty has forced tough conversations in school districts across the state. The Kodiak Island Borough School District is bracing for a flat base student allocation.  A long exposure of Kodiak High School as a car drives by. March 02, 2023. Brian Venua/KMXT …

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Midday Report March 1, 2023

On today’s Midday Report with Brian Venua: Kodiak Borough Assembly has selected a new borough manager. The island will see strong winds today and tomorrow with gusts up to 80 miles per hour. Emily Robinson of Nenana has once again won the Junior Iditarod. And Red King Crab fisherfolk are needing to get creative on how to sell their catch. …

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Borough Mayor Aimee Williams selected as next borough manager

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After an eight-month search for a new borough manager, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously chose current Borough Mayor Aimee Williams to take the reins after assembly members voted at a special meeting Monday night.  It’s been a tumultuous journey to find a new borough manager. The previous manager was fired last summer, and her predecessor was fired in the …

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Alaska Legislature sends $300k in salmon donations to Ukraine

More than a year into the war in Ukraine, Alaska’s government is doing its part by sending aid in the form of Alaskan seafood. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is handling the state’s food distribution. Bruce Schactler is ASMI’s food aid program and development director. He says while ASMI doesn’t own any of the seafood, they’ve helped manage the state’s …

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Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum names Chris Wooley as its Volunteer of the Year

Earlier this month (Feb 14), the Alutiiq Museum announced Chris Wooley as its volunteer of the year for his research about children who were taken from the Kodiak Archipelago and sent to boarding schools in the Lower 48.  The Alutiiq Museum’s Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes folks who spend time working on projects with the museum. This year’s award …

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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes near Old Harbor, no tsunami expected

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck about 22 miles south of the village of Old Harbor Monday night, about 70 miles southwest of the city of Kodiak. No tsunami was expected, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and National Weather Service, and no warning was issued.  A screen capture depicting the earthquake’s estimated location via the Alaska Earthquake Center …

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Kodiak vessel fined over $200k for OSHA violations

A Kodiak-based seafood processing vessel has been fined $208,983 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It’s the latest in a decade of health and safety violations aboard the vessel. East West Seafoods was fined $50,000 in 2017 after dumping raw sewage near the harbor in Kodiak, as seen here Jan. 2023. (Brian Venua/KMXT) According to the U.S. Department …

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KIBSD begins search for new teacher for Ouzinkie secondary school

The Kodiak Island Borough School District has been scrambling to fill one of two teaching positions in the village of Ouzinkie. The school district has already begun interviews after firing a teacher early in the semester.  The school in Ouzinkie normally has one elementary teacher, and one secondary teacher for middle and high school aged students. A sign depicting the …

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