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Talk of the Rock: Island Trails Network


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


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 »

Kodiak Boys Make it 15 Consecutive Region Titles

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Though they weren’t favorites to defend, the Kodiak High School boys cross country team won the Region III title for the 15th consecutive year on Saturday. The feat happened, as it often has, on the TsalteshiTrails in Soldotna. The Bears were led by senior Keith Osowski, who became the 11th straight region winner from Kodiak. He finished the 5-kilometer course ... Read More »

Kodiak Swimmers Dominate Soldotna Meets

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A pair of Kodiak High School juniors defended their swimming titles at the SoHi Pentathlon. The event brings swimmers together and they each compete in five events and the lowest combined score wins. Kodiak’s Marina Cummiskey and Talon Lindquist had total combined finishing times of 3-minutes 3.29-seconds and 2-minutes 29.4-seconds, respectively. Lindquist swept all five races and set new records in ... Read More »

Sound Feature: The School Board Candidate Forum


School board candidate forum in drama pod. On stage, Kelly Bell on right, Julie Hill on left. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Next month, voters will choose who will fill a three-year seat on the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education. Running for the board is Kelly Bell, who arrived to Kodiak in 2013 with a background in education ... Read More »

School Board Candidates Call Teamwork a Priority for Future of District


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Behind most school districts, there’s a board of education setting policies and connecting the residents to its school administrators, and in October, two community members are running for one seat on the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Board of Education. Kelly Bell and Julie Hill both express a passion for the community. Bell says she moved to Kodiak ... Read More »

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