Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Recycle Sheds Provide Blank Canvas for Art

Recycle shed down at the spit. Photo courtesy of Threshold Services Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s recycling facility, Threshold Services, maintains three sheds around town where people can drop off their recyclables, and Threshold is asking the community to make the sheds a little more visually appealing. Threshold executive director Stephanie Mason says there’s one shack in the flats, one at the ... Read More »

Borough Recommends KEA Hydroelectric Project for Federal Funding

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The state government may be short of funds to drive local projects, especially with the budget tied up, but federal funds are still available. The governor’s office is accepting applications from municipalities and tribal organizations with “shovel-ready,” infrastructure-building projects. If the request fits his criteria, the governor will forward it onto the federal government for financing. The Kodiak ... Read More »

Assembly and Council Touch Base on Plastic Bag Ban

Black plastic bag. Christer / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is making a possible ban on single-use plastic bags an open conversation with the Kodiak City Council from the get-go. The borough’s Solid Waste Advisory Board has been working on the ban. SWAB has so far drafted an ordinance, consulted the borough attorney, and sent a representative ... Read More »

Assembly Urges Legislature to Pass Budget for Health of Fisheries

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly addressed a letter to the Alaska state legislature last week, urging legislators to pass the budget in light of impending commercial fishery openings. In the letter, the assembly writes that the “salmon won’t stop and wait for a government budget solution.” The letter stresses the economic effect a potential government shutdown on July ... Read More »

Walking Tour Gives a Glimpse of Historic Kodiak

The Kodiak pier, the earliest known photograph of Kodiak, c. 1860. Courtesy of the Baranov Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT This year is the 150th anniversary of the sale of the Alaskan territory to the United States. Alaska’s oldest standing structure, the Baranov Museum, recently hosted a traveling exhibit featuring panels from the time of the Treaty of Cession in the 1860s. ... Read More »

Chiniak Replanting Begins

Sitka spruce bark. Josh Blouin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Foresters began replanting the scorched areas of Chiniak on Friday. The borough contracted with Washington-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to recover some of the forest’s former luster. It was damaged in the 2015 Twin Creeks fire. Forester David Nesheim, who is currently in Chiniak, says they’re planting Sitka Spruce sourced from the ... Read More »

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman From Shelikof Strait

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The U.S. Coast Guard medevac’d a man with a broken ankle from a fishing vessel this weekend. According to a Coast Guard press release, Anchorage watchstanders received a report Sunday that a crewmember aboard the New Dawn had been injured. The vessel was located in the Shelikof Strait area at the time. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak ... Read More »

Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Bells Flats

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A fire burned a trailer to the ground in Bells Flats this weekend. Women’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department assistant fire chief Dave Conrad says they got a report of a structural fire at about 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. “By the time that I responded with our first-in vehicle, the house was fully involved. It was a double-wide trailer, ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Renews Providence Hospital Lease

Providence hospital building. Courtesy of Providence Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough renewed the hospital lease with Providence Health & Services Alaska. Providence and the borough have held the agreement on Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center since 1997. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting Thursday night, Borough Manager Michael Powers said the document is the product ... Read More »

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