Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Basketball player from Kodiak takes home win alongside teammates

Hannah Wandersee. (Photo courtesy of Seawolf Athletics) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Kodiak local took home the championship at this year’s GCI Great Alaska Shootout as part of the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves women’s basketball team. Hannah Wandersee says they beat out first University of Maryland Eastern Shore and then, a few days later, Tulsa University to win the championship. She says she ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: AKTEACH

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with representatives and a student from AKTEACH. They touch on the services the organization offers to the community, including home school and tutoring.   Read More »

Kodiak fisherman named 2017 National Fisherman Highliner

Bruce Shactler. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Shactler) Kayla Desroches/KMXT National Fisherman magazine just recognized three individuals as its 2017 National Fisherman Highliners. One of those named was Kodiak-based commercial fisherman and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute global food aid program director, Bruce Shactler. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches spoke with Shactler about the honor. Read More »

Kodiak local teaches salmon conservation through art

Leila Pyle. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A young Kodiak local is passionate about combining art with environmental education. The Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will feature some of her fish-centric works at First Friday this week. For her senior thesis at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, studio art major Leila Pyle taught salmon ecology to a ... Read More »

Artist mixes it up with landscape painting and portraiture

Genevieve Opheim sits painting a landscape. Her portrait of her grandmother, May, is far left. (Photo courtesy of Genevieve Opheim) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local artist will exhibit her landscape art for First Friday. Genevieve Opheim captures Kodiak’s natural beauty through photography and then uses the photos as reference for her oil paintings. And while she says she likes landscape painting ... Read More »

AKTEACH decreases statewide services

Pencil. (Photo by FadderUrl / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Due to lack of funds, AKTEACH will turn away from a larger statewide presence. The organization includes services like a home school program and distance learning program and, much like village and city schools, is a part of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Director Nicole Fuerst says a Digital Teaching Initiative ... Read More »

Civic engagement class encourages community volunteerism

(right to left) Professor Thia Falcone and students Jeffrey Woods and Aaron Mells. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A new class at Kodiak College this year focuses on community engagement. Professor Thia Falcone says that’s anything from volunteering with local nonprofits to daily kindnesses, like helping someone across the street. While those acts may seem small, she says they ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – Nov 23, 2017

On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the Gulf of Alaska may have seen a big decline in cod over the last two years. Also, geologists have found that fish help form the landscapes around rivers when they return to their spawning grounds. We had help from KBBI’s Aaron Bolton in Homer, KDLG’s Dave Bendinger and Avery Lill in Dillingham, and ... Read More »

Kodiak Island Borough School District updates handbooks, educational standards

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District is working on creating consistency in all its schools. It’s in the process of reviewing its student handbook. Superintendent Larry LeDoux said at a recent school board meeting that they want borough schools to be able to refer to one document. He said the school district hasn’t updated its handbook for a ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: One Man Star Wars

A one man performance of the original star wars trilogy is coming to town. Charlie Ross has been doing the show for roughly 17 years and will stop by Kodiak on his Alaska tour. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches chatted with him for this week’s Talk of the Rock.   Read More »

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