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Midday Report – February 07, 2024

The seven-member Anchorage School Board is the governing body for the Anchorage School District.

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: A former firefighter who sued the Kenai Peninsula Borough last year settled out of court with the borough. A legislator from Big Lake has a vision of an Alaska Port Authority. And the Anchorage School Board presented a budget that would cut nearly 100 full-time positions. The seven-member Anchorage School Board is …

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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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Midday Report – February 06, 2024

Lake Kulik, in the Wood Tikchik State Park.

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Advocates call for more education funding locally, and state wide. Lieutenant Governor Dahlstrom’s US House campaign is funded mostly by outside PACs. And Governor Dunleavy wants to eliminate the state board that oversees the nation’s biggest state park. Lake Kulik, in the Wood Tikchik State Park.  

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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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Midday Report – February 05, 2024

LuLu Small performs at the Watering Hole at the Alaska State Fair. Jacob Mann/Frontiersman

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Alaska is a motherlode of characters, and Lulu Small is one of them. Tribes have submitted evidence to the Canadian government that they hope will give them a voice in transboundary mining discussions. And a condo developer in Juneau borrowed money from the city’s affordable housing fund, but is not offering affordable …

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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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Midday Report – February 02, 2024

This oil and gas infrastructure is located in Cook Inlet. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz/Northern Journal)

On today’s Midday Report with host Brian Venua: OBI Seafoods will not open its plant in Larsen Bay. Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom is reaping the benefit of having the House speaker on her side as she runs for Congress. The Alaska Marine Highway System is cutting back summer service. The primary natural gas utility for Southcentral Alaska says the …

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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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OBI Seafoods to close Larsen Bay processing plant for 2024 season

Updated Feb. 2, 2024 OBI Seafoods announced Wednesday, Jan. 31 it will not open its summer fish processing plant in Larsen Bay, on the west end of Kodiak Island. The company will still buy salmon from the area’s fishermen, but will rely on its facility in the city of Kodiak instead. KMXT’s Brian Venua reports it’s the latest plant to …

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