Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Shop the Rock Logo Winner Draws Mountains, Eagles, Foxes, Fish

Illustration by Uptown Shop the Rock logo contest winner, Amanda Davis. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Uptown Shop the Rock, a festival aimed at encouraging local shopping along Mill Bay road, just announced the results of its logo contest. The winner fit some of Kodiak’s most famed icons into a circular design surrounding a map of the island itself. A fox, salmon, salmonberries, ... Read More »

Man and Robot Companions Retrieve Equipment Lost at Sea

An example of one type of ROV. NOAA-owned model, Deep Discoverer, gets a closer look at a ferromanganese-encrusted outcrop on an unnamed seamount in the eastern region of the Samoan Exclusive Economic Zone. (Photo by NOAA Ocean Explorer / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Sometimes companies or agencies lose their equipment at sea. And rather than leave an expensive investment behind on ... Read More »

Kodiak Organizes Community Talent Show

Chair on stage. (Photo byHernán Piñera / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT St. Mary’s School is putting together a venue for Kodiak residents to share their musical prowess, their tall tales, and their dance moves. The talent show will follow the example other communities in Alaska have set. Specifically, Sitka’s Monthly Grind. Jeff Budd from Sitka flew into Kodiak this week to ... Read More »

Fish Donations go Toward Hurricane Recovery

Box of frozen halibut from a SeaShare operation to Arctic Alaska in 2016. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fish from across Alaska and the Lower 48 is going toward recovery from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Washington-based nonprofit SeaShare, which works with seafood companies to donate fish to those in need, is partnering with food bank network Feeding America on the disaster ... Read More »

Sea Cucumber Dive Fishery Opens

Sea cucumber. (Photo by Mary Harrsch / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Over the last two days, people have been diving Kodiak waters for a spiky, reddish delicacy known as the sea cucumber. Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries area management biologist Nathanial Nichols says the first weekly fishing period for cucumbers opened Sunday. “It’s a winter fishery by regulation. It’s October through ... Read More »

Event Encourages Shopping Local

Clothing rack. (Photo bysgarcia / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A two-day event this weekend will help support the local businesses along Mill Bay road. Uptown Shop the Rock will include food trucks, live music, and art. Participants also hope it’ll attract members of the public who’ve never visited their shops before. Every year, local businesses face more and more competition from ... Read More »

Chugach Alutiiq Teachers Preserve Language in Villages

Brandon Moonin teaches students Alutiiq in village of Tatitlek. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Moonin) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two remote learning students just graduated from a Kodiak College Alutiiq language program. They’re striving to keep the language alive in Port Graham and Tatitlek, two villages where Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people speak the regional dialect of Chugach Alutiiq. Libby Eufemio, who runs the ... Read More »

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