Economy

Popular superhero movies fuel lucrative hobby for Kodiak comic collectors

On a Friday in March, the Kodiak Public Library was filled with people perusing video game and movie merchandise during Fan Con, the town’s popular annual culture convention. Some folks sold earrings or stuffed toys but Guy Bartleson’s table was full of comic books.  Guy Bartleson holding two of his most valuable books, the first apearances of Iron Man and …

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Fish and Game commissioner shares concerns over fishing economy, lawsuits, and bycatch

ComFish, Kodiak’s annual commercial fisheries trade show, had some big names for its forums, including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s commissioner, Doug Vincent-Lang. The job is mostly focused on ecology, but the commissioner opened his remarks by talking about economic sustainability.  Commissioner Doug Vincent Lang gave his 2024 forum in the Kodiak Best Western’s Harbor Room. (Brian Venua/KMXT) …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 11 April 2024

The Annette Island Packing Company in 2009.

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: North Peninsula dungeness season is about to open, as reported by Andy Lusk and Sofia Stuart-Rasi of KUCB, KFSK’s Shelby Herbert reports that Trident has finalized sale of its Petersburg plant,Silver Bay is stepping into Peter Pan’s shoes, according to Theo Greenly of KUCB, Jack Darrell tells of the reopening …

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KEA’s Board of Directors approve utility provider’s first rate hike in three decades, takes effect April 1

Electric rates in Kodiak will increase by 12.5% starting April 1. That’s after the Kodiak Electric Association’s Board of Directors approved the utility provider’s first rate hike in 30 years at their meeting last week on March 28. That means the average resident will see a monthly bill later this month that costs about $12 more, according to the local …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 21 March 2024

Sushi chef Kodai Sanada prepares omakase at his eight seat sushi bar in Otaru. During herring season, Sanada will prepare a couple of local Hokkaido herring at each omakase sitting, but he doesn’t typically serve herring egg sushi (KCAW/Rose)

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: KCAW’s Katherine Rose takes us on a tour of the Japanese herring scene, Jack Darrell reports that Silver Bay Seafoods will be acquiring Trident’s Ketchikan plant, and a Shelby Herbert dispatch tells of Trident’s sale of its Petersburg properties to E.C. Phillips & Son. Sushi chef Kodai Sanada prepares omakase …

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Bayside Fire Department asks for a mill rate reduction, Kodiak Fire Protection Area No. 1 Service Area Board sends request to Borough

The Kodiak Fire Protection Area No. 1 Board [also known as the Bayside Fire Department] is seeking to cut their area’s property tax rate or mill rate by 10% from 1.5 to 1.35 mills. That decision was a point of contention during the Board’s meeting last week on March 12. Residents across Kodiak Island Borough saw their property values increase up …

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Kodiak Island Borough’s assessor certified at highest level, one of five in the state of Alaska

Taxes – even just the word – can trigger a negative reaction in people. But this spring, it’s not all bad news for Kodiak’s tax-paying residents. The Kodiak Island Borough announced that their tax assessor is one of the best in the state.  Assessors and appraisers can be rated in levels of one to five by meeting certain qualifications, according …

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‘Don’t tax us out of town,’ public responds to new Kodiak Island Borough property assessments

New property assessments for Kodiak went out in the mail starting February 29. On Thursday night, March 7, disgruntled residents filled the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly chambers to voice their concerns over the significant increases. KMXT’s Davis Hovey was at the assembly meeting and has this report: “Please don’t tax us out of town,” Sylvia Kavanaugh said. “In my adult …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 07 March 2024

A red tide off the coast of California. Algal blooms are especially common during the summer months, and are the cause of the state’s annual mussel quarantine. (Peter Franks/Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Brian Venua reports on cuts to the halibut quota, plus an evergreen piece on deadly algal blooms. A red tide off the coast of California. Algal blooms are especially common during the summer months, and are the cause of the state’s annual mussel quarantine. (Peter Franks/Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

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