Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Madsen Bear Statue Replacement Arrives

Artist Stan Watts works on the clay model during one stage of making the bear sculpture. Photo by Vic Barnes Kayla Desroches/KMXT It’s usually bad news when brown bears wander into town, but the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center plans to set one up on its corner. The bear is 12-foot tall, just a little bigger than the average ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – July 27, 2017

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Coming up on this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, for the first time in several years, two buyers will be in the Kotzebue area to purchase fish this summer. But there may be a limit on how much they can take. Also, the National Marine Fisheries Service wants to make sure there’s enough of one species of fish for both endangered ... Read More »

Pink Salmon Season Going Strong

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The area-wide pink salmon opens again today.  After last year’s poor harvest, this season’s run is still looking strong. According to an update from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist James Jackson, fishermen harvested 1.5 million pink salmon during this last opener, which wrapped up July 24. That’s about 300,000 fish a day. Jackson writes ... Read More »

World Breastfeeding Week Raises Awareness

Kayla Desroches/KMXT World Breastfeeding Week begins Tuesday and brings awareness to the benefits of nursing. The Kodiak Area Native Association runs the Women, Infants, and Children program, or WIC, which educates island families about nutrition and food. WIC Coordinator Stephanie Jenkins says part of what she does is to sit down with future mothers and go over how to care ... Read More »

Coast Guard Works Together With Mariners on Rescue

Captain with crewman in water in the process of helping man onto vessel. Screencap from video by Air Station Kodiak Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Good Samaritan vessel and a Coast Guard aircrew rescued four fishermen in Kodiak waters on Monday. According to a Coast Guard press release, the fishing vessel Grayling capsized in Kuprean of Strait near Raspberry Island, and the ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: World Breastfeeding Week

On today’s Talk of the Rock, the coordinator of KANA’s Women, Infants, and Children program, Stephanie Jenkins, drops by to talk about World Breastfeeding Week. KANA communications coordinator Brian Fraley also joins to chat about some of KANA’s other programs. Mothers interested in enrolling in WIC can call the program office at (907) 486 7312. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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