Jay Barrett, KDLL, Kenai

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Jay Barrett is the news director at KMXT in Kodiak.

Flood watch for Kenai River drainage as dammed lake releases

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Kenai River drainage due to the release of water from a dammed glacial lake. Listen now

NOAA Fisheries hosts first citizen beluga count this weekend

On Saturday, NOAA Fisheries Alaska is organizing its first ever citizen beluga count in Cook Inlet. Listen now
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Fleet consolidation and loss of fishing jobs a hot topic at MSA hearing

Timed to coincide with the 25th annual Kenai River Classic invitation-only fishing derby, Senator Dan Sullivan brought his Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to Soldotna on Wednesday for a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Listen now

All absentee ballots counted and accounted for

Just before heading out for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Alaska Division of Elections made its final count Wednesday of outstanding ballots from the November 8th General Election. Listen Now

Retired ‘Prairie Home Companion’ host Garrison Keillor visits Alaska on summer cruise

The cast and crew of the American Public Media program “A Prairie Home Companion” cruised to Alaska this summer.
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Kodiak mayor seeks answers to police body-cam policy change

The move by Kodiak Police Department to discontinue the use of video cameras attached to officers’ uniforms was a surprise to Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson and the city council.
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Crew safe as Homer Seiner remains capsized off Alaska Peninsula

Four crew-members escaped safely when their fishing boat rolled over near the Alaska Peninsula on Friday. Listen now

Cause of Kodiak fire still a mystery as troopers work to identify victims

There is still no official word from authorities as to the identities of the victims of the fire yesterday morning at a remote Kodiak Island lodge that claimed one life and injured three. State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Troopers made it to the site late Thursday evening, and are still working to identify the victim. Download Audio

One dead and three injured in Kodiak fire

One person is dead and three others are injured after a fire at a remote fishing lodge on Kodiak Island. Download Audio

Pletnikoff family takes city to court

The Pletnikoff family on Tuesday filed suit in Kodiak Superior Court against the city, the police department and two of the three officers involved. Download Audio

Kodiak harbor shooting leaves 1 dead

One 28-year-old fisherman is dead and another is in custody after an early Sunday shooting in Kodiak’s Saint Herman Harbor.

City releases audio, video of Kodiak police encounter with Pletnikoff

The city of Kodiak released video and audio recordings and other documents associated with the case where three city police officers are suspected of using excessive force in subduing Nick Pletnikoff, an autistic young man, in September.

Kodiak stripper boat owner guilty of sewage dumping

The owner of the Wild Alaskan, a night club aboard a converted Bering Sea crabber that had been anchored in Kodiak, was found guilty in federal court Wednesday of illegal dumping of sewage and lying to federal authorities about it.

Judge orders Kodiak to comply with public records request

A Superior Court judge this week sided with Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation and ordered the City of Kodiak to immediately comply with the state's public records act in a case of alleged excessive use of force by three Kodiak police officers. Download Audio

KMXT radio sues Kodiak for documents in police brutality case

Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of public radio station KMXT, has filed suit against the City of Kodiak, seeking the release of public documents related to the detention, handcuffing, pepper-spraying and assault of Nick Pletnikoff, an autistic man, by three Kodiak Police officers in mid-September. Download Audio

Crawdad pie, anyone? 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.

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.

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.
Photo by Scott Wight. Shared via KMXT.org.

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. Download Audio
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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.