Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Details on Relief Funds for Pink Salmon Disaster Declaration Still Foggy


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon season in the Gulf of Alaska was recently declared a fishery disaster, and Representative Louise Stutes stood behind the declaration when local governments were writing to Governor Bill Walker to send it through to the federal government. The declaration puts communities in line to receive relief funds, but congress needs to approve the granting process, ... Read More »

Safety Issues Major Concern in Building Code Exemptions


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fire and rescue service employees are concerned about how relaxing building codes for certain homes in the borough may affect the public’s safety. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is considering the exemption of some single-family residences from the building code. Last summer the borough switched from the 2012 international residential code to the 1997 uniform building code, a ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Alutiiq Language Documentary and Young Life


A documentary crew just visited Kodiak and dropped by KMXT to talk about a documentary that’s been five years in the making. “Keep Talking” investigates the Alutiiq language learning scene in Kodiak and the language revitalization efforts here on the island. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches sat down with director Karen Weinberg and members of her team for this week’s Talk of ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Executive Director Leaving for Lower 48


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum executive director is moving to the Lower 48, and the museum is now searching for a person to fill her place. Tiffany Brunson joined the staff in 2012, and before that had worked as a historic archaeologist for various federal agencies. “An historic archaeologist is an archeologist, so someone who investigates the cultural material of ... Read More »

Alutiiq Language Documentary Almost Complete

A screen grab from the "Keep Talking" teaser. Courtesy of Ten Trees Productions

A screen grab from the “Keep Talking” teaser. Courtesy of Ten Trees Productions Kayla Desroches/KMXT A documentary team just came to Kodiak to screen its Alutiiq language film and get feedback. “Keep Talking” covers the revitalization of the Alutiiq language on the island, and records the effort of passing the language down from elders to the younger generation. Director Karen ... Read More »

Dance Group Comes to Kodiak

Members of Versa-Style Dance Company. Courtesy of Versa-Style

Members of Versa-Style Dance Company. Courtesy of Versa-Style Kayla Desroches/KMXT A hip-hop group that taps into teen talent in Los Angeles will showcase their art here in Kodiak. Co-founder and co-artistic director of Versa-Style dance company, Leigh Foaad, is traveling with the adult dancers on their Alaska tour. He explains the Versa-Style crew grew out of his work with co-founder, ... Read More »

Search and Rescue Advises Caution When Walking Lakes


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Temperatures around Kodiak dropped for a while, but have recently risen again, and lakes may not be as hockey-ready as they once were. That means people need to exercise caution before they venture onto seemingly frozen bodies of water. Dicky Saltonstall is a member of Kodiak Island Search and Rescue and says there are pretty strong sheets of ... Read More »

Public Speaks on What They Want in a Superintendent

Public speaks with members of the Board of Education at community forum. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Public speaks with members of the Board of Education at community forum. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District is on the search for a new superintendent to replace Stewart McDonald, who’s set to move on this summer. As part of that process, the Board of Education hosted a community forum Thursday to hear what the public ... Read More »

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman North of Cold Bay


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard medevac’d a man from a vessel 60 nautical miles north of Cold Bay Thursday afternoon. A crewmember aboard the fishing vessel American Dynasty was suffering from symptoms of appendicitis, and watchstanders sent a rescue team from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak to the location. Once there, the Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted and transported ... Read More »

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