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Jay Barrett, KMXT - Kodiak

Jay Barrett is the news director at KMXT in Kodiak.

Crawdad creep: In Kodiak, an invasive species proliferates

Crawdad creep: In Kodiak, an invasive species proliferates

There’s somewhat of a slow motion invasion of a fresh water crustacean happening in Buskin River and Buskin Lake. It has a hard shell, two claws and tastes great in pies.

October 2, 2015
Kodiak resident Brent Watkins silently demonstrated outside the Kodiak Police station Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, two days after a friend with learning disabilities was contacted by three Kodiak Police officers.  (Photo by Jay Barrett/KMXT )

Kodiak police respond to allegations of excessive force

Last Wednesday evening, a little after 5 pm, an autistic 28-year-old Kodiak man walked down his quiet neighborhood street to check the mailbox, as he does most days. His condition is such that it’s one of the few tasks that he’s comfortable executing and is allowed to do unsupervised. It’s unclear what happened next, but when Nick Pletnikoff”s mother found him, he was surrounded by three Kodiak Police Officers who had pinned him to the ground and pepper-sprayed him from point-blank range.

September 22, 2015
Narrow Cape Launch Site reconstruction bid awarded

Narrow Cape Launch Site reconstruction bid awarded

Reconstruction of the former Kodiak Launch Complex should commence soon. The Alaska Aerospace Corporation announced that it has awarded a $23-million contract to Davis Constructors and Engineers of Anchorage, according to company COO Mark Grebe.

September 15, 2015
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3 homes, community library lost in the Chiniak fire near Kodiak

The wind-whipped wildfire that threatened Chiniak on Kodiak Island may not turn out to be the community-wide disaster it appeared it might become when officials ordered the evacuation of all residents Thursday night.

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August 28, 2015
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Chiniak fire claims library, spares school; Residents evacuated

A growing, wind-whipped wildfire continues to burn out of control in Chiniak. The latest report is that while the Chiniak library has burnt down, the nearby Chiniak K-8 School survived. The blaze began sometime around 9 p.m. Thursday night, and may have been sparked by downed powerlines. All night flames of the rapidly growing fire were clearly visible from Kodiak City, 10 miles across Chiniak Bay.

August 28, 2015

Dead Whales Near Kodiak Island Pose Mystery

At least 10 Fin whales are dead, having fallen victim to a mysterious affliction that seems to have killed them all near Kodiak Island. Kate Wynn, marine mammal specialist with the University of Alaska in Kodiak, said all the whales seemed to have met their fate at the same time and place.

June 19, 2015
Orthodox Cathedral Desecrated During Vandalism Spree In Kodiak

Orthodox Cathedral Desecrated During Vandalism Spree In Kodiak

A 21-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly vandalizing one of Kodiak’s most historic buildings, the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and many of its contents.

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June 11, 2015

Kodiak Man Accepts Plea Deal for Fatal Hit-And-Run in 2008

A Kodiak man will spend at least four years in prison for killing another man in a hit-and-run that occurred on Pillar Mountain Road in 2008.

May 21, 2015

Afognak Native Corp. Loses $3.8M In Cyber-Swindle

An Alaska Native village corporation in Kodiak was the victim of a multimillion dollar cyber-swindle last month.

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May 7, 2015

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