Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

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Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

FBI Looking For Gun Connected To ComSta Murders

The FBI is asking for help in locating the gun they believe was used to murder Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle last month at the Coast Guard Communications Station.

J-1 Program Safe Until November

Changes to the J-1 Visa program were announced Friday by the State Department. While some changes take effect immediately, Alaska’s seafood processors- which rely heavily on the workforce the program provides- won’t be affected until November. It’s a relief for the processors and fishermen who are preparing for salmon season, but it’s not great news for local cannery workers in Kodiak who are struggling to make ends meet.

Volunteers Search for Evidence in ComSta Double Homicide

Well over a hundred volunteers, mostly Coast Guard members and family, gathered early this morning at the Communications Station to help the FBI search for evidence related to the murders of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle. The two men were found dead the morning of April 12th by coworkers at the CommSta.

Smooth Sailing Ahead For Captain Of The Tusty

For the last 15 years Robert Crowley has been a kind of year-round Santa Claus to the Southcentral and Western Alaska ports that have relied on him as captain of the ferry Tustumena. After 36 years with the Alaska Marine Highway System, Crowley is retiring.

Memorial Held For Murdered Coast Guardsmen

Over 800 people gathered in hangar three on the Coast Guard base for the memorial honoring Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired chief petty officer Richard Belisle on Wednesday. Hopkins and Belisle were found dead in one of the buildings at Communications Station Kodiak by coworkers. KMXT’s Jennifer Canfield went to the memorial and created this audio postcard.

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield

Coming up this week: As the pollock A season wraps up, villagers call for a crackdown on the trawl fleet because it's intercepting too many of their salmon, Obama's National Oceans Policy is criticized at a panel in Anchorage and fishermen want more information on ocean acidification.

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield

Coming up this week: Fish and Game reduces limits for two popular sportsfishing rivers in Kodiak, a Southeast village corporation is seeking a federal takeover of the Chatham Strait fisheries and the Sitka Tribe protests a dramatic increase of the Sitka sac roe herring guideline harvest level. KSKA: Friday, 3/30 at 2:30pm

Scientists Say Radiation Not Big Concern In Tsunami Debris

It’s been just over a year since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The ensuing tsunami devastated Japan’s coastline and killed nearly 16,000 people. While Japan continues to recover from the disaster, debris has started to show up on U.S. shores.

The Alaska Fisheries Report With Jennifer Canfield

Coming up this week: The feds are taking a closer look at seafood fraud, the state will start monitoring personally-harvested bivalves for PSP, the Department of Labor declares fishing as the deadliest way to make a living in Alaska and the Senate is looking at a resolution to get more young folks into the industry. All that and Prince William Sound's Leviathan makes its last voyage.

The Alaska Fisheries Report With Jennifer Canfield

Coming up this week, A pirate ship in Unalaska will be up for sale soon; user groups on the Tsiu River near Yakutat clash over salmon allocations; Congress authorizes $1.7 million to dredge the entrance to Kodiak's St. Paul Harbor; and Representative Alan Austerman touts coastal communities at a recent economic summit held in Anchorage. KSKA: Friday, 3/16 at 2:30pm

Lockheed Martin And Alaska Aerospace Announce Partnership

Lockheed Martin has chosen the Kodiak Launch Complex for West coast launches of its proposed Athena III rocket. Friday’s announcement comes as lawmakers in Juneau are debating the merits of funding Alaska Aerospace, which operates the Kodiak launch facility.

AK: Love

Valentine’s Day honors the most wonderful feeling in the world. It’s overwhelming, enchanting, frightening and empowering. It can be salty or sweet and sometimes it’s both. There really isn’t anything better.

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield

Coming up this week, Arne Fuglvog will spend less than a six months in prison for his fishing crimes; Southeast Native groups support trimming the sea otter population, but are concerned about some of a plan's ramifications; and the start dates for two crab fisheries will remain flexible. All that and should seats on the North Pacific Council be dedicated to sports fishing? KSKA: Friday, 2/10 at 2:30pm

Alutiiq Language On The Mend

With fewer than 150 known fluent speakers, the Alutiiq language is just one of many indigenous languages worldwide that are in danger of extinction. However, with the concerted efforts from people like April Counceller, that won’t happen.

Winter Storm Sinks Boats In Kodiak Harbor

In Kodiak, several inches of heavy wet snow closed several roads, flooded intersections and shut down the airport. All the morning flights were canceled because of water on the runway. It also sank three boats in the harbor.

Right Whale Sighting Unusual For Kodiak Island Waters

Last month, two Kodiak Island sisters were taking photos of humpback whales near their home in Uganik Bay. Beth and Amy Pingree are part of a whale observation and sighting network and they noticed something unusual.

Federal Definition Of Homelessness Finalized

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last month finalized the federal definition of homelessness. The new definition reflects changing times.

Japanese Tsunami Flotsam Appearing In Kodiak Waters

A local beachcomber and a renowned oceanographer have found that Kodiak is already receiving some of the earliest arrivals of debris from the Japanese tsunami that resulted from a 9.0 earthquake last March. The tsunami killed nearly 16,000 people and devastated 400 miles of Japan’s coastline.

Kodiak Sees Decline in Bears Killed in Defense of Life, Property

On average Kodiak residents kill 15-20 bears each year in defense of life or property. This year only one has been killed. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Larry Van Daele says the sharp decline in threatening bear encounters is probably a result of hunter education and a good berry season.

Ouzinkie Dam Collapse Could Wreak Havoc with City Utilities

The city of Ouzinkie, near Kodiak is working quickly to prevent their 25-year-old wooden dam from collapsing. Extensive rot was discovered on the Mahoona Dam earlier this summer and further inspections have shown that it could collapse at any time.