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Candidate Watkins: Alaska Must Look to Post-Oil Economy


Brent Watkins is the Democratic candidate for State House Seat 32 in the Alaska Legislature, and is seeking to unseat one-term incumbent Republican Representative Louise Stutes in November. Watkins said the failure of the state leadership is one of not planning beyond being an oil state, something he’d like to change. “We need to look differently at a post oil ... Read More »

Gov. Walker Hits Pause on Commercial Fisheries Commission Move

Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Public Media & KTOO The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission will keep most of its functions for now, after commission supporters fought to protect it from losing certain functions to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Gov. Bill Walker put a hold on an administrative order he issued in February, saying he needed more stakeholder feedback. The commission ... Read More »

Assembly Continues Struggle Over Nonprofit Funding

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly continues the struggle to allocate funds to nonprofits during a difficult fiscal time. At its work session last night it went over staff’s projected funding for the community groups. In June, the assembly asked staff to look back over the budget and see if it could scrape up extra sources for funds. Borough ... Read More »

Coast Guard Wraps Up Training in Arctic Alaska

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard finished up training this week in Arctic Alaska. According to a press release, they wrapped up a series of simulated drills in Kotzebue Thursday morning called the Arctic Chinook exercise, which is meant to prepare all those involved for a mass maritime rescue operation in the Arctic. The activities involved not just members of the ... Read More »

Election Profile: Duncan Fields


Duncan Fields. Via Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s Duncan Fields is seeking election for the Alaska House of Representatives for District 32. Though running as an independent, Fields was, until recently, the chairman of the District 32 Republican Party. He renounced that position when he filed for office. Fields has also been active in the community as president of the Kodiak ... Read More »

Researchers Combine Science and Traditional Food Preparation

Bacteria that causes botulism. Courtesy of

Bacteria that causes botulism. Courtesy of Kayla Desroches/KMXT Food scientists with the help of a botulism expert are trying to combine science and traditional Alaska Native methods to make one prohibited food safe to eat. Regulated programs under the State of Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation Program are not allowed to accept or distribute seal oil due to the ... Read More »

Garrison Keillor Visits Kodiak on Summer Alaska Cruise

Retired A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor signs autographs for fans while visiting Kodiak on August 24, 2016.

Retired A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, right, signs autographs for fans while visiting Kodiak on August 24, 2016. Many public radio programs host gatherings, often times cruises, for their die-hard fans. It’s a way to get to know the host and cast better and see a little bit of the world. This summer, the cast and crew of ... Read More »

Assembly and Council Move Toward Better Communication

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council talked communication at their joint work session Tuesday night. First on the agenda was the assembly’s decision to change building codes, which it did without sitting down with the council. The borough and city share a building department through a memorandum of agreement, and the assembly’s decision to revert ... Read More »

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