Brian Venua

Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport loses power for second time in three weeks

Kodiak Electric Association experienced a major power outage yesterday that affected the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport, the Coast Guard Base, Bell’s Flats, and out the road system to Chiniak and Pasagshak.  The outage occurred at about 2:00 PM. The airport and Coast Guard Base lost connection to the cooperative’s power grid, however power returned an hour and a half …

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Senate Agriculture committee’s ranking member visits Kodiak to talk fisheries and farms

Alaska’s senators brought Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas to Kodiak this week. Boozman is the ranking member of the Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry committee and is on a tour to see what farming looks like around the country.  One of their first stops was the Kodiak Harvest Foods Co-op. They asked staff and volunteers some questions about how the …

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Kodiak Pacific Spaceport Complex hosts tours for first time since pandemic

The Kodiak Pacific Spaceport Complex on Narrow Cape held an open house on Aug. 14. Tours included showing the public Alaska Aerospace’s laboratories and launch sites. A recent criticism of the company has been transparency. This was the first tour day at the the company’s campus since the pandemic. John Cramer, Alaska Aerospace’s interim CEO and president, said it’s just …

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Fishers face shorter fall season on top of lower prices for salmon

Kodiak fishermen are disappointed by yet another setback to this year’s salmon season. Trident Seafoods announced over the weekend that they will pay just 20 cents per pound for chums – that’s less than half of last year’s price per pound – and will stop buying salmon altogether from most of the state starting in September.  Boats docked in Kodiak’s …

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South end trails on Near Island receive major improvements

Crews and volunteers have added several improvements to the trails on the south end of Near Island.  Travis Cooper is the executive director of Island Trails Network, which helps the city of Kodiak maintain hiking trails. One of their big projects this summer is to keep Near Island’s south-end trails usable. Island Trails Network Executive Director Travis Cooper peruses trails …

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One of the oldest – and most beloved – bears at Katmai National Park finally returns to Brooks Falls

Katmai National Park has a 24-hour live stream of Brooks Falls every summer. Hoards of bears gather there to catch salmon and it’s a popular spot for crowds to watch them. Bear 480, also known as ‘Otis,’ arrived at Brooks Falls on July 26, the latest he’s been noticed yet.  Bear 480, Otis, matched his latest appearance to the falls …

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