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Kodiak Strong Planning Day Leads to Two Community Goals

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT This last Saturday, the 2016 Kodiak Strong Planning Day gathered community members together to decide on goals it can complete in a year’s time. Event organizer and Healthy Tomorrows coordinator, Merissa Koller Williams, says the event was small, but constructive. “This year, we had about half as many participants as we had last year. Last year, we had ... Read More »

Military Exercises in Gulf of Alaska Draw Concern for Environment

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Tuesday, members of Kodiak’s Native community and others met with representatives from the Navy and U.S. Northern Command to talk about the upcoming military exercises as part of Northern Edge 2017. In the past, locals have expressed concern about the environmental impact of such exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. Carolyn Heitman was one of the residents to ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Culverts

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On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks about fish culverts with Blythe Brown from the Soil and Water Conservation District and habitat biologist Will Frost. They cover the purpose of culverts, how they play into the salmon life cycle, and what lies in store for culverts on the Kodiak road system. Read More »

Frozen Spruce Present Extra Danger When Woodcutting

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Bucked Sitka spruce. Wikipedia Commons This first real cold snap in several years around Kodiak has got a local tree expert raising an alarm over tree cutting and log splitting. Dennis Symmons, a tree surgeon when he’s not tending to borough business as an assemblyman, says when the local Sitka Spruce tree freezes, it can become dangerous to handle. “When ... Read More »

Windstorm May Indicate Switch From Warm to Cold Winters

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Rain and moderate weather has dominated Kodiak’s winters over the last couple of years, but that could be due to end this season. The increase in snow and last weekend’s windstorm may mean that island weather has taken a tempestuous turn. Michael Lawson, a general forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, says NOAA issued a high ... Read More »

Assembly Begins Switch Back to 2012 Building Code

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough may return to the 2012 building code in the near future. This summer, the assembly caused tension with the Kodiak City Council when it decided to roll back to the 1997 uniform building code. Assemblyman Kyle Crow led the change in an attempt to relax restrictions for home owner-builders in the borough. It turned ... Read More »

Public Gets Say in Borough Lot Disposal

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The public spoke against the sale of two lots of land by Baranof Park at a Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting in September. The properties were among those that the Borough Lands Committee had identified for sale, zone change, and possible future development. Community members had came forward and identified the lots as ones that should be ... Read More »

Another Year, Another Culvert

Blythe Brown and Rich Phaneuf. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Blythe Brown and Rich Phaneuf. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local partners in Kodiak are pursuing the replacement of culverts along the road system. The culverts ensure the easy passage of salmon from stream to ocean to stream again, and their upkeep means the continued health of the salmon population. Blythe Brown from the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District leads ... Read More »

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