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Shuyak Cleanup Proves Surprising and Challenging

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local nonprofit is close to finishing up this year’s marine debris cleanup on Shuyak Island. Volunteers and staff with Island Trails Network kayaked along the shoreline and stockpiled the debris on the beaches there. Director of Education, Outreach, and Marine Programs Tom Pogson says they’ve so far removed roughly 75 percent of the garbage Pogson says the ... Read More »

Q & A: Candidates for Kodiak Island Borough Assembly

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Tuesday night’s candidate forum. The three people in background are (left to right) Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley, and Matt Van Daele. Far left is Trevor Brown from the Chamber of Commerce, and far right is Lindsay Knight. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Three candidates for the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly participated in a Local Candidate Forum last night. Monique Lewis, Scott ... Read More »

Election Profile: Borough Mayor Candidate Dan Rohrer

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT A new borough mayor will take over following the election in October – it’ll be current Borough Assemblyman Dan Rohrer, who says he’ll exchange one position for another because he’s running unopposed. Rohrer grew up in Kodiak and has lived on island for most of his life. He bought Kodiak’s chain of two Subway restaurants soon after earning ... Read More »

Council Pursues Restriction on Discharge of Firearms Within City Limits

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council has advanced an ordinance that could, if passed, restrict the discharge of firearms and other so-called “dangerous weapons” within city limits. At the council’s regular meeting last week, City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski explained the ban would apply in most cases except for when the weapons are used in defense of life and property. Kniaziowski ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Island Trails Network

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On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches chats with Tom Pogson from the Island Trails Network about the group’s progress clearing Shuyak Island of marine debris. Pogson is the director of education, outreach, and marine programs for ITN and will touch on how kayaking plays into the group’s efforts. You’ll also hear how you can get involved in ... Read More »

Assembly Approves Joint Letter on Gulf Trawl Bycatch Management

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Thursday night with one purpose: to review and pass a letter it is sending to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The letter, being sent in conjunction with the City of Kodiak, is in regards to the rules the fishery council is promulgating to manage Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch. ... Read More »

Assemblyman Joins Ballot to Continue in Seat

Kayla Desroches/KMXT One community member who joined the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly this summer hopes to continue serving. Scott Smiley joined the assembly in June, following Mel Stephen’s resignation in April. While Stephens did not explicitly state his reasons, he stepped down shortly after the assembly decided to hire current Borough Manager Michael Powers. Smiley says more than a year ... Read More »

Leisnoi Wraps Up Logging in Chiniak

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT After roughly six years of logging in Chiniak, Native Corporation Leisnoi wrapped up its tree harvest in July. The work, which Leisnoi contracted A-1 to carry out, has been controversial among Kodiak residents, with many lamenting the negative effect on the land’s beauty. Logging is evident driving out to the area, and there are patches along the road ... Read More »

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