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Midday Report – February 28, 2024

Eruption plume of Great Sitkin Volcano captured by Lauren Flynn (USFWS) from the R/V Tiglax on May 25, 2021

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Gov. Mike Dunleavy is demanding additional concessions from lawmakers before he’ll sign a bipartisan education bill. The Anchorage Assembly failed to pass a resolution last night calling for an “immediate bilateral ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.” And the Great Sitkin volcano has been erupting for almost three years, and scientists have now …

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KIBSD to lose teachers and other staff despite potential increase to BSA

The first draft of the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s budget includes staff and funding cuts for the upcoming school year. It comes at the same time as the State Legislature approved a bill to increase education funding – although it’s unclear whether it will ultimately be signed into law by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.  As KMXT’s Brian Venua reports, that …

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Midday Report – February 27, 2024

U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola addressed the Alaska Legislature on February 26th. (Photo courtesy of Gavel Alaska/KTOO)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines:  More than 100 people gathered in downtown Juneau Saturday afternoon for a rally to urge city and state officials in Alaska to support a ceasefire in Gaza.  Gov. Mike Dunleavy has cast doubt on the future of a bill that would boost state education funding and implement other reforms.  And Rep. Mary …

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Kodiak Electric Association’s impending rate increase partially due to lower energy sales to fish processors

For the first time in 30 years, electric rates are going up in Kodiak. The Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) announced a proposed 12.5% rate hike for all customers in an open letter published on the company’s website Friday, Feb. 23.  That means the average resident will see a monthly bill that costs about $12 more, according to the local utility. …

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Midday Report – February 26, 2024

The M/V Kennicott leaving Wrangell on Jan. 8, 2021 (Sage Smiley/KSTK)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Alaska Congresswoman Mary Peltola ranks second-highest in staff turnover for the U.S. House of Representatives. One of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s 12 executive orders would bring big changes to a board tasked with overseeing Alaska’s ferry system. And federal grants are now available to help reduce rural energy costs. The M/V Kennicott leaving …

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Midday Report – February 23, 2024

On today’s Midday Report with host Brian Venua: Kodiak Electric Association suspects eagles for recent power outages. An avalanche in Chignik caused a loss of power and phone service. The Alaska House passed a wide-ranging, bipartisan education bill. The American Library Association is taking a direct look at Alaska libraries. And Anchorage is getting a $25,000 grant to aid the …

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Kodiak eagles disrupting city’s electrical grid, potentially caused recent power outages in town

At least 2,000 Kodiak residents lost electricity around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon for about an hour, as a power outage swept across some neighborhoods within city limits and the Monashka Bay area, just north of the city. According to the Kodiak Electric Association’s outage map, 40% of residents in town were experiencing a loss of power. In Monashka Bay, all …

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