The Lowdown

Tune in Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to get The Lowdown on local information about COVID-19.


The Lowdown features guests, updated CDC, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and local Emergency Services Council recommendations, closures, and more.


Audio from the show will be recorded each day and posted here.


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The Lowdown — Thursday, April 16, 2020

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Stressed out and anxious by all the things you are trying to juggle with the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us while we talk to licensed mental health professionals. Our guests for today’s Lowdown are: Montu Jani- KCHC Behavior Health, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) Samantha Marlar-Enbom- KANA Behavioral Health Consultant, LPC Kate Murphy- USCG, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) …

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With more supplies, Kodiak doctors encourage more liberal COVID-19 testing

Kodiak’s hospital and medical clinics have ramped up testing for COVID-19 in the last week, after the first rapid-testing machines arrived on island last Wednesday. About 100 test kits came along with the first set of machines, and since then they’ve scaled up, according to Dr. Curtis Mortenson at Kodiak Community Health Center. “A week ago, we had no ability …

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KIBSD administrators work to preserve normalcy during distance learning

Kodiak Island Borough School District is into its third week of full-time distance learning classes after the state closed K-12 schools through the end of the school year. Kerry Irons, principal at North Star Elementary says that one of the toughest parts of educating children remotely is making sure they still feel connected to a social emotional support network. “That’s …

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The Lowdown — Tuesday, April 14, 2020

On today’s edition of The Lowdown, we get an update on how KIBSD is handling distance education for the entire district. Classes are currently on week three of remote learning, after the state moved to close all K-12 schools through the end of the school year. We talk to Kodiak High School principal Dr. Mel LeVan, secondary instructional specialist Katrina …

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The Lowdown — Friday, April 10, 2020

On today’s edition of The Lowdown, we hear from law enforcement about changes to the way they are operating to limit exposure between officers and the public. We also talk about how law enforcement is supporting the emergency response activities in Kodiak. Our guests on today’s show are Kodiak Police Chief Tim Putney, Alaska State Trooper Daniel Blizzard and Captain …

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The Lowdown — Thursday, April 9, 2020

On today’s edition of The Lowdown, we do our weekly check-in with Kodiak’s mental health treatment community. We get updates on the resources available to people looking for counseling, addiction treatment and more. Our guests, Stephen Flora with Providence Counseling Center, Heidi McNerney with Kodiak Community Health Center and Phil Jordinelli with Kodiak Area Native Association, also share their best …

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The Lowdown — Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On today’s edition of The Lowdown, we check in with Kodiak’s fishing community to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the industry and the upcoming start to the summer fishing season. We talk to Matt Moier from Alaska Pacific Seafood, Paul Lumsden at Trident Seafoods, Julie Bonney at the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, and Mike Friccero, owner of …

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