Brian Venua

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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Kodiak police name suspect in fatal hit-and-run during tsunami evacuation

Kodiak police have named Clint Moudy as a suspect in the fatal hit-and-run collision during the tsunami evacuation late on July 15. The crash killed a pedestrian, 45-year-old Kodiak resident Vanessa Amox. Friends on Facebook also know her as Vanessa Malutin-McCormick. Moudy’s white, flatbed-style truck had damage consistent with debris collected from the crime scene, according to a press release …

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Kodiak resident dies in hit-and-run during Saturday’s tsunami evacuation

A Kodiak resident died in a hit-and-run during this weekend’s tsunami warning and evacuation.  Kodiak police have identified the pedestrian who died Saturday night as 45-year-old Vanessa Jean Amox. Friends on Facebook identified the victim of the hit-and-run by the name Vanessa Malutin-McCormick. She was hit by a truck within a half hour of the sirens going off between the …

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Sport fishing will close for Pasagshak River sockeye on Friday

Sport sockeye fishing will close on the Pasagshak River for the rest of the year starting on July 14. Subsistence sockeye harvest will also be closed in the Pasagshak Bay area. Biologists for the Alaska Department Fish and Game no longer expect the run there to make its escapement goal.  An underwater photo of sockeye spawners, July 18, 2023. (Brian …

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