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Talk of the Rock: Wild Salmon Legacy Act

On today’s Talk of the Rock, Representative Louise Stutes talks about her bill, HB 199, also known as the Wild Salmon Legacy Act. It strives to strengthen the protection for salmon habitats in Alaska through a reformation of the permitting process and clearer permitting guidelines. Also joining are fisherman Brent Watkins and Trout Unlimited representative Sam Snyder. Later, host Kayla ... Read More »

Deer Hunters May be Seeing More Bears This Year

Lisa Hupp/USFWS Mitch Borden/KMXT Deer Hunters on Kodiak Island need to be careful of bears this season. That’s because this year there’s a shortage of berries Kodiak brown bears depend on for food. This includes salmon berries and elderberries. Bill Pyle, supervisory wildlife biologist for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, says this lack of food will affect how bears act. ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Amps Up Social Media Presence

Christina Thompson. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository’s new events specialist is in charge of putting the museum on the social media radar. Kodiak-born Christina Thompson says the organization already has a presence on Facebook, and she’s focused on image-based sites like Instagram. “Everybody’s on social media. Twelve-year-olds have cell phones right now, so ... Read More »

Warmer Temperatures May Disrupt the Kodiak Bear’s Diet

Bright red elderberries ripe for bears to harvest. Caroline Cheung / USFWS Kayla Desroches/KMXT Climate change may be throwing off the Kodiak bear’s eating equilibrium. Research says that, on years with warmer spring temperatures, elderberries ripen several weeks earlier than normal. William Deacy, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University, just published findings from a multi-year study of bears on ... Read More »

A New Bronze Bear Statue is Unveiled

Community Bear – Mitch Borden/KMXT Mitch Borden/KMXT It’s no secret that Kodiak is known for its bears. But on a recent Saturday afternoon, residents gathered welcomed a very special one to town. KMXT’s Mitch Borden was there and has the story. Paul Schervenak is excited to unveil a statue that’s been in the works for three years. “The first thing ... Read More »

Borough Postpones Rezoning Land in Larsen Bay

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly postponed a rezone of two parcels of land in Larsen Bay at its regular meeting Thursday night. These requests deal with two different hunting lodges operating on land designated for residential housing. Both lodges are applying to be rezoned to comply with borough code. Their public hearings opened for comments last night. Bill ... Read More »

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