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Frozen Spruce Present Extra Danger When Woodcutting

Dennis Symmons

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


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


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


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 »

Kodiak Puts on the Nutcracker

Lydia Stanford and Nic Gili rehearsing. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Lydia Stanford and Nic Gili rehearsing. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The first performance of the Nutcracker is tonight. The holiday special runs every three years, and the cast has been hard at work rehearsing. Lydia Stanford’s ballet slippers squeak on the auditorium stage. This afternoon, she’s practicing with the male lead dancer, who flew in from Idaho to play the ... Read More »

Borough Agrees to Hold Conservation Easements to Termination Point and Long Island

Members of the public at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Members of the public at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kids played outside the assembly chambers last night during the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting. They’d abandoned bags, coats, and papers on the hallway carpet. Their parents were likely among those who filled the assembly chambers for their chance to give comment on ... Read More »

Weather Delays Safeway Food Shipment


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Weather has gotten in the way of some of the food importation to the island, but Kodiak Safeway store manager Mike Murray says staff will work around it. Usually Safeway receives food shipments on Mondays and Wednesdays, and unloads one extra container of perishables on Fridays. This coming Monday, Murray says the barge will skip the island due ... Read More »

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