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Jay Barrett, KMXT - Kodiak

Jay Barrett is the news director at KMXT in Kodiak.

Alaska Aerospace Corporation CEO Pitches Privatization

The CEO and board president of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation were before the Senate Finance Committee this morning, making a pitch, not so much for funding, but for the opportunity to move on. CEO Craig Campbell even raised the possibility of taking the state-owned corporation private.

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February 11, 2015

Court Overturns State Regulation Deeming Kodiak’s Bison Feral

Friday the Alaska Supreme Court overturned an Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulation from 2007 that declared domesticated livestock, specifically Kodiak’s bison herds, were feral if they stayed outside of their designated state grazing lease areas for too long. As feral animals, they would be fair game, and could be hunted like any other wild animal, subject to Fish and Game regulations.

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December 29, 2014

Hunter Injured In Bear Mauling On Sally Island

A 65-year-old deer hunter was injured and needed a medevac after he was attacked by a sow bear on Sally Island Tuesday afternoon.

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November 5, 2014
ADEC Estimates 1,640 Gallons of Diesel Spilled by NOAA Ship

ADEC Estimates 1,640 Gallons of Diesel Spilled by NOAA Ship

An oily sheen in Women’s Bay has been traced to the NOAA research ship Rainier docked at Nyman Peninsula on the Kodiak Coast Guard base.

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September 10, 2014

Talk of Closing Kodiak Launch Is Premature, Exec Says

In the aftermath of yesterday morning’s rocket explosion at the Kodiak Launch Complex, calls for the facility’s closure have resumed.

August 26, 2014
Experimental Rocket Explodes After Launch in Kodiak

Experimental Rocket Explodes After Launch in Kodiak

A rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded seconds after take off from the Kodiak Launch Complex at about 12:25 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses report the rocket lifted off, but soon nosed down and either self-destructed or hit the ground and exploded.

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August 25, 2014

Kodiak CommSta Killer Sentenced To 4 Consecutive Life Terms

The man convicted of a 2012 double murder at the Kodiak Coast Guard Base will spend the rest of his life in federal prison. Sixty-three-year-old James Wells was sentenced Tuesday to four consecutive life sentences in federal court in Anchorage.

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July 8, 2014

Charter Vessel With Exotic Dancing Gets Mixed Reception

A lot of fishing boats were removed from the Bering Sea crab grounds after rationalization prompted a huge surge in quota stacking and consolidation of the fleet. Some crab boats sit unused in harbors around the state, others are being used as tenders in other fisheries, but in Kodiak, one has been turned into a strip club.

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July 4, 2014

Heroin, Meth Seized In Kodiak Arrests

Three Kodiak residents are behind bars and more heroin is off the streets after their arrest Monday afternoon.

May 16, 2014

North Pacific Seafoods Fined $205,000 for Ammonia Dumping

A Kodiak seafood processor has been fined over $200,000 after pleading guilty to illegally dumping 40 pounds of ammonia into the city’s sewer system in 2011.

March 12, 2014

USCG’s Cold Bay Crews Conduct 5th Rescue In Two Weeks

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for Coast Guard rescue crews in Cold Bay. On Tuesday, they conducted their fifth medevac of crewmen from floating processors in the Bering Sea.

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February 26, 2014

Maritime Refuge Eyeing Invasive Cattle On Two Islands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for input from the public on how best to deal with about 1,000 head of cattle on two islands in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

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December 11, 2013
Family Hopes to Save Homestead of 30-Years

Family Hopes to Save Homestead of 30-Years

A misjudgement of just a few dozen yards in the placement of a small house on a remote part of Kodiak Island over 30 years ago will likely result in a family’s hopes, dreams and history literally going up in smoke. The family doesn’t live on their homestead on Dry Spruce Bay full time anymore, but they’re heartbroken at the prospect of losing it.

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December 2, 2013

Lacey Act Violation Nets Fisherman Probation

A Washington State man who fishes out of Kodiak was sentenced Friday in federal court for four felony violations of the Lacey Act.

November 13, 2013

Joe Bundrant Named Trident CEO by Father

Trident Seafoods founder and chairman Chuck Bundrant has appointed his son as the company’s new CEO. The appointment of Joe Bundrant had been expected, and became effective Monday.

November 5, 2013

NOAA Fisheries Releases US Landing Figures

U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood in 2012, valued at $5.1 billion. That averages out across all fisheries to about 53-cents per pound. Those figures were released by NOAA Fisheries on Wednesday.

October 30, 2013
Options for Saving Storis Dwindle

Options for Saving Storis Dwindle

The retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis, which spent 50 years stationed in Kodiak, is now in Mexican waters, on its way to an Ensenada scrap yard.

October 30, 2013
Storis Supporters See Ray of Hope in Saving Cutter

Storis Supporters See Ray of Hope in Saving Cutter

Fans of the retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis have been holding their collective breath all weekend, hoping there might be a way to prevent the scrapping of the ship in Mexico.

October 28, 2013

F/V Western Venture Crew Rescued After Fire At Sea

Five crewmen from a burning fishing vessel in the western Aleutian Chain are safe after being rescued by a nearby good Samaritan.

October 21, 2013
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Archive Project Complete, Now Online

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Archive Project Complete, Now Online

The State of Alaska has completed a two-year project archiving documents from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and its legal aftermath.

October 16, 2013