Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

KIB Assembly Discusses Ordinances to Alter RV Park Code and Reestablish Tax Penalty

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Housing is limited and expensive in Kodiak, but local government has been moving towards changing that since the announcement of the Jackson Mobile Home Park closure. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last week, the borough viewed ordinances to amend several codes, the first of which may encourage more recreational vehicle parks to open. Borough Manager ... Read More »

Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Discusses Procurement Process

Kayla Desroches/KMXT New machinery and its procurement were two of the more controversial topics at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting Thursday night. Assemblymembers talked at length not only about purchasing two new machines for the Kodiak Island Borough landfill, but also about the process of selecting them. A skid-steer loader moves garbage in the landfill, and borough staff ... Read More »

KIB Assembly Discusses Executive Session Documentation and Meeting Times

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly gathered together Tuesday night for its first work session following the Thanksgiving holiday, and one of the items on the agenda was the documentation of closed meetings called executive sessions. Governmental bodies sometimes hold these meetings when, for example, they need to talk about a court case or an individual’s staff performance. As ... Read More »

Local Group Holds Kodiak Strong Planning Day


Participants at Kodiak Strong Planning Day vote on which goals they want to see move onto the next stage. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Wednesday, around 30 community members gathered together for Kodiak Strong Planning Day. The meeting’s purpose was to decide on two goals that the city of Kodiak can achieve in the next year, and it was sponsored by ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Receives Grant for Care of Metal Objects


An example of a lampada. Flickr/Ivan T Kayla Desroches/KMXT In the museum world, the most “precious” metals aren’t necessarily gold and silver. There’s also copper, lead, bronze, and alloys of those materials. Even more precious is the insight that those objects give us into the past, and so preserving them also preserves that information. The Alutiiq Museum’s Curator of Collections, ... Read More »

School Superintendent and Board President Speak on Proposed Rural School Funding Legislation

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Some lawmakers in Alaska have proposed legislation that would raise the minimum number of students for a school to be eligible for state funding from 10 to 25. Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education President Duncan Fields says it has become a hot topic in the state. “It sent a shockwave throughout all of rural Alaska. ... Read More »

The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository Unveils New Website


Screenshot of the Alutiiq Museum’s new website. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Technology is Kodiak’s lifeline to the rest of the world, and that also applies to Kodiak museums. The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository has accounts not only on the most popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but also image-sharing sites like Instagram and Pinterest. And recently, it ... Read More »

Kodiak Provides Multiple Options for Thanksgiving Meals


A Thanksgiving turkey. Flickr/Kristie Moser Kayla Desroches/KMXT Tomorrow is the day of turkey, pie, and overstuffed bellies, and a few nonprofits in Kodiak want to make sure everyone can experience that. There are several opportunities to join a communal meal in town and one food bank will still be open in case feasters need last-minute ingredients, or even turkey. Alexander ... Read More »

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