Economy

Kodiak lost one-third of restaurant and bar jobs

Kodiak’s restaurant and bar industry has shrunk considerably since last year. That’s according to new employment data released by the Alaska Department of Labor. In 2019, Kodiak’s 26 restaurants and bars employed 300 people, nearly 5% of Kodiak’s workforce. But by the end of this summer, only 200 people were employed in that business sector, a decrease of 33%. That …

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Brother Francis shelter receives $750,000 grant for homelessness prevention, facility upgrades

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has awarded a $750,000 grant to the Brother Francis Shelter in Kodiak, which will be used for facility upgrades and homelessness prevention efforts by the shelter. The Kodiak shelter was one of several selected to split a total of $5 million dollars statewide Jennifer Smerud, a planner with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, or AHFC, …

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Koniag buys Soldotna Company:  Big G Electric and Engineering

“Big G Electric and Engineering” got its start more than 30 years ago in the Kenai Peninsula. Now it’s under the umbrella of Koniag, Inc., the Native corporation for Kodiak region. Koniag says Bruce Gabriel will remain president of “Big G,” and join the corporation’s leadership team. Bruce Gabriel, whose family founded Big G, says he will retain 20 percent …

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KMXT Midday News: Thursday October 15, 2020

On this Thursday’s midday news report with host Terry Haines, stories covered include: A live update from the Emergency Operations Center An update on a Kodiak fisherman’s protest against an Anchorage hospital’s COVID-19 visitation policies in a battle to see his daughter A new case of Covid-19 confirmed in Kodiak, bringing the count to 7 active community cases. A local …

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Kodiak City Council approves $500 credit for water and sewer bills

The Kodiak City Council unanimously approved a credit of $500 for water and sewer utility bills for each household and business customer that applies. Starting Friday the applications are available from the City of Kodiak, which is encouraging customers apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on December 4th, 2020. This credit is being paid for …

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Kodiak fisheries debate between Dan Sullivan and Al Gross to occur Saturday

The first debate in the Alaska Senate race between Al Gross and Dan Sullivan will be held Saturday evening at 5pm, and hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. As is tradition for the Kodiak debate, the topics will be limited strictly to fisheries issues. The debate will be hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Rhonda McBride, and broadcast live over …

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Alaska fisheries to receive $50 million in aid

Alaska fisheries workers can finally see how they might benefit from a $50 million aid package from the federal government. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance draft spend plan for public comment on Monday. It determines how $50 million will be distributed to struggling fisheries around the state of Alaska. It …

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KMXT Midday News: Friday October 9, 2020

This Friday, on KMXT’s Midday News report, host Terry Haines covers: Another case of Covid-19 at a Kodiak school. A report on last night’s USCG’s town hall meeting. Details on how the CARES ACT fisheries assistance funding will be divided up. More on tomorrow’s debates between Dr. Al Gross and Senator Dan Sullivan. All that and more on today’s noon …

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Part 2: Borough Assembly Candidate Forum recap: candidates discuss non-profits, villages, and other issues

In our first recap of Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly Candidate Forum, five candidates for three assembly seats discussed their views on the economy, education, and consolidation. KMXT’s Jared Griffin overviewed the candidates’ positions on non-profit funding, village cooperation in borough decisions, COVID-19, and conflicts of interest. Even though borough financial support for non-profits makes up a relatively small portion of …

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