Davis Hovey

Kodiak’s agriculture community has a new outreach & education coordinator to assist with rising costs, challenges with island farming

The cost of food production in rural Alaska continues to be challenging, but farmers, ranchers and growers of all kinds in Kodiak are adapting. As KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports, a new federally funded position on the island is hoping to help ease the growing pains. It’s a sunny afternoon in late-February, and a few inches of snow cover the ground …

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Full cleanup of Burma Road, other former military sites on Kodiak Island, is still years away

Kodiak Island, like many places in Alaska, has dozens of historic military installations in need of cleanup, known as Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS). There are 533 total in Alaska, 138 of them are in need of cleanup. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of the remediation of multiple sites across the archipelago. But as KMXT’s Davis …

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Kodiak Electric Association’s impending rate increase partially due to lower energy sales to fish processors

For the first time in 30 years, electric rates are going up in Kodiak. The Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) announced a proposed 12.5% rate hike for all customers in an open letter published on the company’s website Friday, Feb. 23.  That means the average resident will see a monthly bill that costs about $12 more, according to the local utility. …

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Kodiak eagles disrupting city’s electrical grid, potentially caused recent power outages in town

At least 2,000 Kodiak residents lost electricity around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon for about an hour, as a power outage swept across some neighborhoods within city limits and the Monashka Bay area, just north of the city. According to the Kodiak Electric Association’s outage map, 40% of residents in town were experiencing a loss of power. In Monashka Bay, all …

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Legislators running out of time to stop overhaul of Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board, discussing executive order this week

Alaska lawmakers have less than a month, until March 16, to vote down any of the dozen executive orders introduced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the start of the legislative session. One of those would replace the existing makeup of the Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board with the governor’s appointees. Legislators have begun discussing and will take public comment on …

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Kodiak Island Borough putting more money towards hospital repairs amidst one assembly member’s concerns

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is moving forward with repairs at the island’s hospital. Assembly members approved more funds for updates to the Kodiak Island Medical Center at a meeting last week on Feb. 15. Regional healthcare provider Providence, operates out of the medical center but the borough owns the building. Designs to update the sterile processing department, which involves …

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife considering Trident’s request to replace bunkhouse dock, possibly disturb hundreds of sea otters in Kodiak

Trident Seafoods is requesting a temporary exception to the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) so it can replace its bunkhouse dock along the western shore of Near Island Channel, in downtown Kodiak. The company’s work could potentially disturb a population of approximately 460 northern sea otters in the area. Trident currently owns three of the 14 shore-based processing facilities …

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Tugboat catches fire in Kodiak boat harbor, no structural damage or injuries reported

A fire broke out aboard a tugboat called the Brian T. Wednesday afternoon as it was transiting near one of the piers in Kodiak’s boat harbor. Frank Dorner is the fire chief for the City of Kodiak Fire Department, one of the responding agencies on scene yesterday. “About 12:50 p.m. yesterday afternoon, we were toned out for a vessel at …

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More areas around Kodiak Island could become critical habitat for endangered North Pacific Right Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is in the process of expanding the critical habitat of North Pacific Right Whales off the coast of Alaska. If finalized, the rare marine species could have further protections near Kodiak Island and other waters across the Gulf of Alaska. KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports: It’s estimated that less than 50 North Pacific Right Whales …

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Planned GCI cellular service outage expected to disrupt emergency calls & response in Womens Bay

UPDATED: Feb. 14, 2024 Starting tomorrow GCI cell phone users in Womens Bay, just outside Kodiak city limits, will temporarily be without coverage while a local cell tower is upgraded. A text message from the company sent out over the weekend said that services including calls, text messages and mobile data will be unavailable through Thursday night at 6 p.m. …

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