Davis Hovey

Kodiak city plans to allocate more sales tax revenue to ports, harbors and road improvements

The Kodiak City Council wants to allocate more of its sales tax revenue to fund capital improvement projects, such as road repairs. Council members took up the issue at a regular meeting Thursday night, Feb. 8. KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports: According to city documents, the amount of money generated by local sales tax in Kodiak has increased over the last …

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Alutiiq Museum plans to reach more tourists with advertising campaign and new Keneq gallery

Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum has been awarded a $143,460 federal grant to expand its efforts to attract more tourists. The money is from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the U.S. Forest Service. The Alutiiq Museum was one of six Native organizations across the country to receive over a hundred thousand dollars in grant funding. April Counceller is …

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City Council plans to replace city manager, seeks to change residency limits for prospective candidates

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Updated 02.08.2024 Kodiak City Manager Mike Tvenge is stepping down from his role at the end of April after the end of his current three-year contract. Tvenge has held the position since 2017. The City Council is currently weighing its options to fill Tvenge’s seat. During a work session Tuesday night, the council discussed amending the future city manager’s residency …

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Cost Savers’ liquor store license being transferred to new owners, the Native Village of Afognak

The Native Village of Afognak is one step closer to full ownership of the liquor store in Cost Savers, after purchasing the bulk grocery retailer last year. The package store license for the Liquor Cabinet, which is the liquor store owned by Cost Savers in Kodiak, will be transferred to the Native Village of Afognak under Back Bay LLC. The …

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Public calls for Kodiak Island Borough Assembly to contribute more money to school district

Future funding for education dominated the first 30 minutes at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1. Although there has not been an official draft budget released yet by the Kodiak Island Borough School District, residents are already calling on the Assembly to provide more money to local schools in the upcoming fiscal year. “As I stated …

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Kodiak bear cubs caught on video thousands of miles away from home after escaping from a Florida “bear trainer”

UPDATED 02.06.24: After the bears’ origin and species were called into question last week, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials again confirmed with KMXT that the cubs are Kodiak brown bears. Fish and Wildlife did not say how they determined the animals were Kodiak bears but referred back to the charging documents. A video of a pair of Kodiak brown bear …

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2024 summer ferry schedule features several vessels out of service leaving some coastal Alaskans high and dry

For the second summer in a row, ferry trips across the Gulf of Alaska likely won’t happen. The Alaska Marine Highway System is cutting back summer service, based on its schedule released last month on Jan. 18. AS KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports, ongoing staffing issues and overdue maintenance are making reliable service unpredictable for dozens of coastal communities, including Kodiak. …

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Kodiak cold snap features coldest temperatures of the season so far, pales in comparison to record low

Kodiak temperatures dropped into the single digits over the past few days, with a low of -1° Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Although these are the coldest temperatures so far this season, meteorologists say this is not out of the ordinary for Kodiak Island winters. Climatologist Rick Thoman with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, ACCAP under the University of …

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Gate set up at St. Herman’s Harbor to curb overnight access and potential criminal activity

The Kodiak port and harbors department installed a gate at Saint Herman’s Harbor last week on Wednesday, Jan. 24, following a trend of theft and security issues at the city’s storage lot. City Manager Mike Tvenge said the gate will control overnight access to the lot where gravel and some boats are stored, across the channel from Oscar’s Spit at …

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City and Borough reach agreement for leasing office space after years without active agreement

Kodiak’s City Council has approved a three-year lease with the Kodiak Island Borough to use 6,922 square feet of their office space at 710 Mill Bay Road. The previous lease agreement between the borough and city expired in June of 2020 and the city has been using the office space as a “holdover tenant” ever since. The rental area has …

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