Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Volunteer Nominated as Wellness Champion at Local Planning Day


Kayla Desroches/KMXT A volunteer in the community won recognition as “wellness champion” at the recent Kodiak Strong Planning Day. Healthy Tomorrows, which organizes the planning day, started collecting nominations in October, and announced Steve Rounsaville as this year’s champion at the event. Rounsaville is a former fisherman and teacher who both coaches and mentors kids. He says as his own ... Read More »

2016 Year End Review


Kayla Desroches / KMXT The year 2016 was one of change, sometimes drastic. Not just throughout the world, but here at home, too. Our borough has a new mayor, a new manager, and is soon going to need a new superintendent of schools. A Czech car company named an SUV for our town in the past year, and just a ... Read More »

Deadline Approaching for Deciding on Marijuana Regulations


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Time is almost up for the City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough to decide how marijuana businesses should look in their areas. The city council and borough assembly updated each other on their progress at their joint work session last week. Each body has a committee to advise it on regulation for marijuana business and cultivation. At ... Read More »

Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Kodiak


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Board of Fisheries gives anyone the chance to submit proposals and influence regulation. The board of seven members meets four to six times every year, and in January it will review and accept – or reject – those proposals in Kodiak. Todd Anderson, Fish and Game Assistant Area Management Biologist, will present to the board on ... Read More »

Letter From Kodiak’s Past Found On Wall

The Sundberg house in 1992. Photo courtesy of Kodiak Island Borough Assessing Department

Letter written on the wall by Phyllis Sundberg, framed in the house in which it was found. Photo by Kayla Desroches Kayla Desroches/KMXT Houses can be historic in many senses – for instance, the history that families create. Recently, the owner of one house on a hill found a little of that family history while renovating. I meet Dave Wilmot ... Read More »

Stewart McDonald Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year Award

Stewart McDonald

Stewart McDonald Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent is set to move on this coming summer, but he won’t leave his current position without recognition. Stewart McDonald is one of four finalists for the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year Award, a 30-year program that acknowledges leaders in education across the country. McDonald has served for nine ... Read More »

City and Borough Look at the Best Way to Approach Consolidation Research


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak residents voted for the borough and city to explore possible consolidation, and that’s what members of staff and the elected bodies are doing. Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer updated the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council on their progress at a joint work session last week. He explained he, Borough Manager Michael Powers, City Mayor Pat ... Read More »

Discover Kodiak Releases Interactive Trail Map


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Discover Kodiak just officially released an interactive map which enables adventurers to see the Kodiak  trails before they hike them, as well as the elevation. Trail Genius, a company made up of couple Jason Manders and Amanda Campbell, came to Kodiak this summer to record the island’s most popular trails in real-time. Now, those trails are up and ... Read More »

Borough Lands Committee Looks at More Land Parcels to Develop


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Borough Lands Committee is scoping out more property to develop in order to open up living situations in the community. The lands committee formed last year sometime after the announcement of the Jackson Mobile Home Park closure, which led to an emphasis on both the lack of availability of land and the high rent prices in Kodiak. ... Read More »

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