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Sound Feature: The School Board Candidate Forum

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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

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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 »

City Staff Still Working on Harbor Rate Increase

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Staff at the Kodiak Harbormaster’s Office is still trying to implement a harbor rate increase. City Finance Director Kelly Mayes and Harbormaster Lon White made a presentation to the Kodiak City Council at its work session Tuesday. Mayes went over a few different projected options for rate increases, which they had developed after a prior meeting. “So, then ... Read More »

The Alaska Fisheries Report

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Coming up this week, an explosion at the Westward plant in Unalaska this week caused considerable damage, but didn’t stop production; we hear how a cannery was vital to the founding of Petersburg, and… what is that? A giant tadpole or something? All coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB’s Laura Kraegel and from Alaska ... Read More »

Kodiak City Council Could Ban Hunting, Also Paintball Guns

The legal harvest of a deer during hunting season last year on Near Island has had some lasting and unintended consequence. Because of that incident, staff in the city managers office at Kodiak City Hall have decided to float an ordinance change that would ban the discharge of firearms within city limits. It would also ban the discharge of other “dangerous ... Read More »

City Council Grants Finance Requests Using Leftover FY17 Nonprofit Funding

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council recently agreed to help a couple of nonprofits using money left over from its Fiscal Year 2017 nonprofit funding. The Kodiak Audubon Society and the Kodiak Island Food Bank filed letters of interest this month, and representatives from both groups made an appearance at the council work session last night to state their cases. ... Read More »

Kodiak Wants the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to Acknowledge its Rural Status

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Fisheries Work Group, which has been active in decisions related to fisheries management affecting the island community, now wants the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to acknowledge the Kodiak community’s rural status. Being considered “rural” under federal law comes with certain benefits regarding priority for subsistence use of fish and wildlife. Though no change in designation ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: The Angyaaq

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On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches sits down with former Alutiiq Museum Executive Director Sven Haakanson to speak about building the historic open boat, the angyaaq. Haakanson made some finishing touches on a full-sized vessel with members of the Akhiok community this summer. He’s also researched and built one in Seattle, where he serves as Curator ... Read More »

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