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Low Tide Reveals Alutiiq Fishing Method

Rocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local archaeologist says there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He says those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region. The Alutiiq Museum is ... Read More »

City Council Replaces Aging Part in Wastewater Treatment Plant

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council held a brief regular meeting Thursday night where it, among other things, authorized a bid to replace an aging part of the wastewater treatment plant. The plant turns wastewater solids into sludge using a belt press. Assemblyman Charlie Davidson explained how investing in a new centrifuge would improve the dewatering process. For one, the ... Read More »

Cost of Partial Observer Coverage May Pass to Vessel Owners

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Partial observer coverage may become more expensive for small vessel owners as funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service trails off. It’s an issue before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council moving into the fall. Julie Bonney with the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank sits on a sub-group of the Observer Advisory Committee tasked with reviewing potential improvements and ... Read More »

Recycle Sheds Provide Blank Canvas for Art

Recycle shed down at the spit. Photo courtesy of Threshold Services Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s recycling facility, Threshold Services, maintains three sheds around town where people can drop off their recyclables, and Threshold is asking the community to make the sheds a little more visually appealing. Threshold executive director Stephanie Mason says there’s one shack in the flats, one at the ... Read More »

Borough Recommends KEA Hydroelectric Project for Federal Funding

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The state government may be short of funds to drive local projects, especially with the budget tied up, but federal funds are still available. The governor’s office is accepting applications from municipalities and tribal organizations with “shovel-ready,” infrastructure-building projects. If the request fits his criteria, the governor will forward it onto the federal government for financing. The Kodiak ... Read More »

Assembly and Council Touch Base on Plastic Bag Ban

Black plastic bag. Christer / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is making a possible ban on single-use plastic bags an open conversation with the Kodiak City Council from the get-go. The borough’s Solid Waste Advisory Board has been working on the ban. SWAB has so far drafted an ordinance, consulted the borough attorney, and sent a representative ... Read More »

Assembly Urges Legislature to Pass Budget for Health of Fisheries

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly addressed a letter to the Alaska state legislature last week, urging legislators to pass the budget in light of impending commercial fishery openings. In the letter, the assembly writes that the “salmon won’t stop and wait for a government budget solution.” The letter stresses the economic effect a potential government shutdown on July ... Read More »

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