Jay Barrett, KMXT - Kodiak

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Jay Barrett is the news director at KMXT in Kodiak.

Walmart has made it official – Kodiak has won a visit from Miami singer Pitbull, and he may be coming here in less than two weeks.

A Kodiak runner is one step – make that five kilometers – away from the Olympic Games in London this summer. Trevor Dunbar, a three-time All-American sophomore at the University of Oregon took third in his 5-K heat at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials last night in Eugene.

The U.S. Army vessel Monterrey left Kodiak for Seward yesterday. Army Reserve Major Annemarie Daneker says the 174-foot landing craft is now under the supervision of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and all but two of the Monterrey’s crew have flown home.

A Kodiak High School alum will be vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team tonight. Trevor Dunbar, an all-American sophomore at the University of Oregon, will compete in the 5,000 meter preliminary this evening.

Perhaps it was too good to be true. Or perhaps the state frowns on this sort of thing. Whatever the case, the free beer promotion on Era Alaskaflights has been modified, and no longer includes free beer. Under the old promotion the first sample of Denali Brewing Company’s “Single Engine Red,” was free, but each additional 6-ounce glass cost $3. The new promotion charges a dollar for the first one and each additional glass.

The fishing vessel that partially sunk Sunday afternoon in the Shelikof Strait has gone to the bottom. A Coast Guard spokesman in Kodiak reports the Scandia went down in Uyak Bay about 1:47 this morning as it was being towed by the Good Samaritan vessel Hazel Lorraine.

The U.S. Army Reserve is preparing to move the landing craft Monterrey, which  has spent all week aground near Kodiak. The vessel struck a rock and started taking on water late last week. It...

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has revised downward the amount of diesel fuel spilled from the U.S. Army Reserve landing craft Monterrey, which was intentionally grounded late Friday night after hitting a charted rock, just off shore of downtown Kodiak.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Friday to reduce halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska by 15 percent, the maximum amount under consideration during its meeting here in Kodiak. The cuts to the trawl and longline fleets will be phased in over three years. The reduction passed on a 10-1 vote, with Dave Benson of Washington State dissenting.

Oil spill specialists from the U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Army and Alaska Chadux Corporation worked all weekend to contain and clean up an estimated 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled from a U.S. Army Reserve landing craft that hit Humpback Rock just offshore of Kodiak City late Friday night.

The body of a 64-year-old Kodiak man was found just outside the mouth of Saint Herman Harbor late this (Friday) morning. Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai said the body didn’t appear to have been in the water very long.

A vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate today turned back an amendment by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski to require a comprehensive study before genetically-engineered salmon can be sold to consumers.

A 48-year-old Fairbanks man hunting on Kodiak Island got a lot closer to a brown bear than he planned on Saturday. Rodd Moretz was attacked by one bear after he had just shot a different bear and was approaching the spot where it fell. Fish and Game bear expert Larry Van Daele said it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

KTUU television is reporting the FBI is looking for information about two vehicles that may belong to individuals involved in the shooting deaths of two men at ComSta Kodiak last week.

The FBI has confirmed that they are investigating the deaths of two Coast Guard employees yesterday morning in Kodiak as a double-homicide. Bureau spokesman Eric Gonzales did not identify a suspect, who is still at large.

Two Coast Guard members assigned to Communications Station Kodiak were found dead Thursday morning, the victims of gunshot wounds. The Coast Guard is not releasing many details, and the FBI is now investigating the deaths.

Two Coast Guardsmen at the Kodiak Base Communications Station are confirmed dead after a shooting there this morning. Base Support Unit Captain Jesse Moore says the suspect in the shooting may still be at large, and he advises all Kodiak residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Coming up this week, the summer salmon harvest could be 25 percent less than last year, increased processor capacity is in the future for the Aleutians, and Atka mackerel are pretty tasty, but are they always nutritious? KSKA: Friday, 1/24 at 2:30pm

Coming up this week, halibut is the fish du jour; there is already some fallout from Alaska salmon packers pulling out of the MSC certification program, and don't ever try to pass of your dog salmon as a king. KSKA: Friday, 2/3 at 2:30pm

Coming up this week, plenty of news from the Fish Board meeting last week in Petersburg, and on the other side of the Gulf, snow crab is on hold because of advancing sea ice, which is also causing problems for the Pollock A-Season fishermen. KSKA: Friday, 1/27 at 2:30pm