Brian Venua

Second Annual Downtown Block Party echoes around Kodiak

The gathering was hosted by the Kodiak Community Foundation and the Kodiak Arts Council. It’s the group’s second Downtown Block Party. Laura Arboleda is the board chair of the foundation. She said participation just about tripled this year.  “Last year we had about ten local nonprofits sign up and maybe six or seven showed up,” Arboleda said. “This year – …

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NTSB investigates mid-air collision over Katmai National Park

A de Havilland Beaver operated by Alaska’s Enchanted Lake Lodge Inc. and a Bell 206L-4 helicopter operated by Maritime Helicopters collided in mid-air over Katmai National Park during Labor Day Weekend. The plane’s pilot and passengers reported no injuries, but the helicopter’s pilot was injured in the crash.  The accident took place at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, near Lake …

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Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association sees returns double hatchery expectations in some areas

Some areas in Alaska have entirely wild salmon runs. But there’s also 28 hatcheries around the state. Two of those facilities are based in Kodiak, including one near the mouth of Pillar Creek, just outside of town.  It all starts with egg takes. Hatchery staff and volunteers take four wheelers or fly out to remote lakes to catch fish that …

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NTSB releases report on the sinking of F/V The Challenger

The National Transportation Safety Board released its findings on August 30 for a Kodiak fishing boat that capsized northeast of the village of Karluk on August 7, last year.  ​​​The Challenger capsizing after striking a submerged rock off the coast of Alaska. (Alward Fisheries, via the NTSB’s website) The Challenger was a total loss and damages  exceeded $600,000, although no …

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Coast Guard rescue crews responded to 5 incidents across the state last weekend

It’s been a busy weekend for the Coast Guard. Rescue teams from across the state responded to five calls for help over the weekend. Teams operated rescues for fishing vessels, a cruise ship, and a stranding.  The factory trawling vessel Northern Eagle was the first boat to require assistance on Friday morning.  A press release from the U.S. Coast Guard …

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KIBSD starts new school year after facing massive budget cuts this summer

Kids are back to school in Kodiak. Middle and high school students had their first day on Monday, with elementary kids back Tuesday this week. But, budget cuts over the summer mean school — and parent spending — look a little different this year. The district’s main office is located near Kodiak High School’s campus, August 15, 2023. (Brian Venua/KMXT) …

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