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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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Midday Report – February 16, 2024

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski addressed the Alaska Legislature on the morning of February 15th. (Photo courtesy of Gavel Alaska/KTOO).

On today’s Midday Report with host Brian Venua: Senator Lisa Murkowski addressed the Alaska Legislature yesterday. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has seen an increase in need as the state continues to struggle distributing SNAP benefits. Seafood Processors are feeling a historic squeeze. And a Fairbanks-born inventor promoted his work on a popular reality TV show. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski …

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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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Midday Report – February 15, 2024

North Pacific Right Whales seen in Barnabas Trough, 25 miles south of Kodiak Island, in 2021 (NOAA Fisheries)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: The Kodiak Police Department says reports of a firearm at Kodiak High School this morning were found to be not credible. Though he won’t be born for another 300 years — and he’s a fictitious character — William Riker just might be the most famous person born in Valdez. And Northern Right …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 15 February 2024

Alaska razor clams. (Jenny Neyman/KDLL)

This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: A report about paralytic shellfish poisoning from Alaska Public Media’s Kavitha George, KBBI’s Jamie Diep on the effects of ocean acidification on razor clams, and Hannah Flor reports about an electronic monitoring bill that gets a lukewarm reception from industry. Alaska razor clams. (Jenny Neyman/KDLL)

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Kodiak High School students resume regular schedule after Kodiak Police respond to threat

The Kodiak Police Department says reports of a firearm at Kodiak High School Feb. 15 were found to be not credible. KMXT’s Brian Venua reports officers responded to an alleged threat at the school Thursday morning. This is the latest report in an increasing trend of threats to schools across the country, February 15, 2024. (Brian Venua/KMXT) KPD Public Information …

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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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New bill introduced to U.S. Senate that could benefit Alaska’s coastal communities

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill Feb. 12 to support coastal communities.  The legislation, called the Working Waterfronts Act, would establish grants for marine infrastructure and mariculture, resources for fishermen to convert boats to hybrid or electric engines, and improve research on ocean acidification, among other things.  Murkowski’s office said in a press release the bill aims to improve …

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Midday Report – February 14, 2024

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivers the State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024.

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Rep. Sarah Vance of Homer apologized on the house floor on Monday for comments she made about assault rates and violence against Indigenous women. Midwives in Alaska are speaking out against a plan from Governor Mike Dunleavy to dissolve the board that governs their profession. And members of the state House and …

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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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