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Alitak District setnetters scrambling after OBI dismantles area’s salmon market months before summer season starts

Set-netters pick a sockeye out of the net in June, 2022. (Sabine Poux/KDLL)

OBI Seafoods announced earlier this month [March 8] that it would not be buying salmon from the setnet fleet in Kodiak’s Alitak District. The decision does not affect the area’s seine fleet. Less than three months before the commercial season opens, dozens of fishers are reeling from the surprise announcement. On a Friday evening earlier this month [March 8], leadership …

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Midday Report – March 21, 2024

The Bethel Filipino Community Dancers perform at the Cama-i Dance Festival in Bethel on March 16, 2024.

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Allegations of illegal, unethical and unprofessional behavior in Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson’s administration are valid, according to an independent investigator. Bethel’s Filipino community made a big splash at the annual Cama-i Dance Festival. And the battle over education funding for Alaska schools may be a stalemate. The Bethel Filipino Community Dancers perform …

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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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Long-awaited Kodiak Island road extension receives financial boost from Congress, seeks to provide year-round access for communities

Kodiak’s proposed Anton Larsen Bay road extension has received a significant financial nudge forward from the federal government. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced on March 20 $2.5 million dollars in funding for the project through Congress’ Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations package, which was signed into law earlier this month on March 9. Extending this road on Kodiak Island would provide year-round …

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“I had a few tears” KIBSD faces another year of flat funding after Dunleavy vetoes education bill

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed a bill that would have permanently increased state education funding last week. The Alaska State Legislature failed to overturn that veto by one vote on March 18. As KMXT’s Brian Venua reports, school officials in Kodiak are left wondering when, or if, the state government will help.  The Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Board of Education …

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Midday Report – March 20, 2024

Sage Smiley / KYUK Rep. Mary Peltola at a campaign event in Bethel, March 15, 2024.

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines: Representative Mary Peltola sat down with KYUK’s Sage Smiley to discuss infrastructure, fish, and why she’s running for re-election. Senator Murkowski’s new Chief of Staff is a familiar face. And it’s more and more difficult for Alaska prisoners to win discretionary parole. Sage Smiley/KYUKRep. Mary Peltola at a campaign event in Bethel, …

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Question on protecting or not protecting Kodiak Island’s antlerless deer to be decided by Federal Subsistence Board

Regulation changes could be coming for Kodiak Island’s black-tailed deer population, including what kind of deer and how many can be taken by subsistence hunters. The proposals will ultimately go before the Federal Subsistence Board later this spring. Wildlife managers and the regional advisory council are still divided over Kodiak’s antlerless deer hunt across Kodiak Island. The Office of Subsistence …

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