Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

El Chicano Restaurant to Downsize

El Chicano building. Mitch Borden / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT El Chicano Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is moving after 22 years in its current location downtown. But it’s not going far. KMXT sat down with owner Ana Bravo to chat about the restaurant’s future. Bravo sits in the bar area during off-hours. It’s a large room. Large enough for all the ... Read More »

New Owner of Former Jackson Mobile Home Park Seeks Rezone

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Jackson’s sign prior to the residents moving out. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The new owner of the property formerly known as Jackson’s Mobile Home Park is preparing to develop the land into single-family homes. The Planning and Zoning Commission will look over a rezone request and hold a public hearing Wednesday night at its regular meeting. Up until ... Read More »

Coast Guard Medevacs Woman Southwest of Cold Bay

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard medevac’d a woman from a motor ship roughly 40 miles southwest of Cold Bay Saturday. According to a Coast Guard press release, Global Rescue personnel got a report that an 87-year-old woman on the vessel The World had symptoms of a heart attack. Global Rescue then relayed the message to Coast Guard watchstanders, who sent ... Read More »

Kodiak Gets New District Attorney

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak will have a new district attorney starting next month. According to a press release from the State of Alaska Department of Law, Gustaf Olson takes over from Steven Wallace, who transitioned to Bethel district attorney this summer. Olson worked in Anchorage at a municipal prosecutor in 2004, and then as an assistant district attorney in 2006. In ... Read More »

City Hires Matt Van Daele as Deputy City Manager

Matt Van Daele. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Kodiak Island Borough Assemblyman is joining the Kodiak City staff. Kodiak-born Matt Van Daele will work alongside city manager Mike Tvenge as deputy city manager. Van Daele speaks passionately about the Kodiak community. He says he’s always envied his dad, Larry Van Daele, for the 30 plus years he spent ... Read More »

Coast Guard Commanding Officer Moves Off Island

Jeff Westling. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Commanding Officer at U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak moved off island Thursday. Jeff Westling took over command in 2014 and had been in charge of mission support for all Alaska operations since then. He says his daily work schedule involved a lot of meetings. “When you run a large installation, you ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – August 10, 2017

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Coming up this week, the salmon season continues on its bumpy way. In the Chignik fishing district, the sockeye run is behind the forecast and the king run is so poor that that the federal government is cutting off both sport and subsistence fishing in the area. And a shortage of salmon is taking its toll on a Chilkat river ... Read More »

Brewery Features Metal Sculptor Mark Witteveen

Sculpture by Mark Witteveen. Courtesy of Mark Witteveen Kayla Desroches/KMXT This month the Brewery is featuring a local artist who creates sculptures using metal. Many of Mark Witteveen’s pieces show fish or fishy scenes, like salmon with speckled backs swimming through rivers with shades of blue and green. Welding is one of his techniques. Witteveen says he began welding for ... Read More »

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