Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Crab Fest Ushers in a Time of Eating and Endurance Races

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s own crab-themed carnival starts today and continues with fish and chips, Nutella-smothered crepes, and local art all through Memorial Day weekend. Stephanie DeLaGarza with the Chamber of Commerce says the spit will be crowded with booths, and there a few new options for tacos, barbecue, and Filipino food. And there are rides, despite the ferry Tustumena’s extended ... Read More »

Skoda Releases Second Kodiak-Inspired Commercial

Pat Branson in a screen capture from Skoda’s new commercial. Courtesy of Skoda Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Czech car maker, Skoda, has released a second commercial filmed in Kodiak. Last year, a film crew dropped by the island to create a commercial for the first model playing off the island’s wild, untamed reputation. They featured City Mayor Pat Branson in a ... Read More »

Baranov Museum’s First Executive Director Looks Back

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum reached its fiftieth anniversary today and, in celebration, will invite its first executive director to share her memories. Marian Johnson says she was always interested in the structure that now holds the museum. The Erskine House is the oldest standing building in the state and a National Historical Landmark. It was also a bit of ... Read More »

Two Locals Win Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarships

Screen grabs from Pancho Valladolid and Becky Polum submission videos. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Seven aspiring teachers joined a video conference last week to find out who among them had won a $12,000 scholarship from the University of Alaska. 2017 is the first year of the Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship, which provides financial awards to those who want to ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Crab Fest

On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches talks with a boat safety expert in recognition of National Safe Boating week and brings in Stephanie DeLaGarza from the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce to chat about Crab Fest. Read More »

Little School of Dance Owner and Director Retires

Molly Brodie. Courtesy of Molly Brodie Kayla Desroches/KMXT The owner and director of the Little School of Dance retired this weekend after more than 20 years with the company. Molly Brodie says when she first moved to Kodiak in 1994, she taught at a couple of different dance studios, but soon took over the Little School of Dance. Back then, ... Read More »

Navy to Scan Kodiak Waters for WWII Explosives

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Next month, the Navy will scan Kodiak and Unalaska waters for World War II era munitions using underwater drones. It’s part of an ongoing effort to eventually remove the explosives. What could happen and whether the historic weapons would detonate is unclear. Navy public affairs officer Leslie Yuenger explains how someone’s treasured artifact – collected on a casual ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum to Exhibit Old Harbor Artist’s Treasured Piece

Nacaq, a beaded headdress by Alutiiq artist Kayla Christiansen. Photograph courtesy the UA Museum of the North and the Sitka National Historic Park Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository supports Alaska Native artists locally and statewide, and it just announced the acquisition of a couple of beaded art pieces, including a headdress from an artist in Old Harbor. ... Read More »

Forum to Cover Right to Food and What it Means in Kodiak

Rhubarb, a popular plant in Kodiak. Jessica Quinn / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local gardeners who grow their own produce are generally trying to achieve the same thing as people behind community projects like the Kodiak Harvest Food Cooperative: ready access to local foods. It can be a challenge for city residents to buy fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables, and even ... Read More »

Falcons Fly in for International Migratory Bird Day

Peregrine falcon in Sitka. Photo by Harvey Barrison / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Saturday is Kodiak’s celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, and a couple of birds will be flying in for the occasion via plane. The visiting falcons – the merlin and the peregrine – are found all over North America, including Kodiak. They’ll be dropping by the Kodiak National ... Read More »

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