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St. Herman harbor tops Kodiak’s capital improvement projects’ list in city’s request for federal & state funding

Kodiak’s City Council adopted its fiscal year 2025 capital improvement projects priority list for the state and federal governments last week. The St. Herman harbor replacement is still the top priority, although some of the underlying details and numbers have been updated during recent council meetings. The final list includes five separate projects, which City Manager Mike Tvenge listed out …

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City of Kodiak signs lease agreement for land adjacent to new fire station, lease includes pizza for local firefighters

Updated Feb. 13, 2024 Kodiak’s City Council approved a land lease agreement on Mill Bay Road for the city of Kodiak’s new fire station. Specifically, .18 acres of land located at 1248 and 1250 Mill Bay Road that is owned by SondaCo LLC. The roughly two-year lease will cost the city $2,000 per month starting in April and extending through …

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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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