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Missile Launch Scheduled For This Weekend

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Pilots and mariners have received alerts to watch out for a missile launch at the Narrow Cape launch facility this weekend. A Coast Guard legal notice to mariners warns vessels to steer clear of the waters around the area between 7 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. The notice also lists two alternative nights for this ... Read More »

A New Tobacco Tax May Be Coming To Kodiak

(Photo: Raul Lieberwirth) Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is exploring new ways to raise funds. In a recent meeting, they discussed a proposed tobacco tax. There’s been a decrease in state and federal funding to the borough, so they need to find other ways to generate revenue. This tax would charge around $1 per pack of cigarettes and 45% of ... Read More »

Assembly Votes Problematic Borough Land Sale Off Table

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly turned down a potentially illegal land sale. Assemblyman Dave Townsend and Rob Baer had applied to buy land on Raspberry Island. The transaction made it past the Planning and Zoning Commission before the borough’s attorney pointed out the deal may not be legal. It turns out that the mode of sale ... Read More »

Data Compares Grocery Prices in Kodiak to Other Alaska Cities

Groceries. David Mulder / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Recent data from the state provides some updated information on how much groceries cost in Kodiak on average compared to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. This month’s Alaska Economic Trends reports that while Kodiak has the highest rent and veterinary costs, at least the cost for wine is somewhere in the middle. The publication ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Discusses Raising Surcharges for Local 911 Services

Photo: Mitch Borden/KMXT Mitch Borden/KMXT Being able to call 911 in an emergency can be life or death. But this vital service doesn’t come without a cost. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed this issue at last night’s regular meeting. The assembly considered a resolution to increase the surcharge the Borough levies on phone lines to support the local enhanced ... Read More »

Two Artists Design Murals That Reflect What Matters to Them

Threshold executive director Stephanie Mason (left) and Alyssa Madrid. Photo by Wendel Capili Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two artists so far have responded to a call to decorate Kodiak’s recycle sheds. Recycling center Threshold Services is seeking locals who would be willing to make the structures a little more appealing. And it’s offering a $1,000 stipend and a $220 supplies budget to ... Read More »

Chamber of Commerce Fills Community Relations Director Position

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Dana Haynes. Courtesy of Haynes Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Chamber of Commerce has hired someone to fill the position of community relations director, and it’s the Alutiiq Museum’s former gallery manager. Dana Haynes takes over from Stephanie DeLaGarza. In her new role, Haynes will put together local political forums, organize events like Crab Fest, and serve as a liaison between local ... Read More »

Local Musician Works to Honor Fishermen

(photo: Krimson) Mitch Borden/KMXT One local musician is using her music to highlight her home and some issues facing her community. Kodiak is known for a lot of things. Large bears, great fishing, and majestic scenes that populate the trails that crisscross the island. What may surprise some is that it’s also home to a musician who’s trying to communicate ... Read More »

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