Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

KIB Assembly Amends Mobile Home Park Code

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Jackson Mobile Home Park once again made it onto the agenda at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting last week. These same ordinances have been through two work sessions and a regular meeting, and borough assessor Bill Roberts stood in for the borough manager in explaining the ordinance. “It is changing some of the title 17 sections ... Read More »

Invasive Species Breeding in Buskin River


Crayfish. Photo by coniferconifer / flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Crayfish, crawfish, crawdads – these are all names for an invasive species that appears to have flourished this summer. That’s according to Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District project coordinator, Blythe Brown, who says they’ve caught a lot of crayfish this year compared to the roughly one per year they’ve found in ... Read More »

Net a Mason Jar Saturday


Netted mason jars. Via Baranov Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT If you’re a Kodiak resident, you probably own at least one mason jar. Curator of education at the Baranov Museum, Jill Lipka, says a lot of people get preserves as gifts or can their food themselves. “I think that if you went into any random home in Kodiak, you would always find ... Read More »

Saturday Oil Spill Event to Teach Kids Environmental Awareness


A young green crab. Via Wikipedia Kayla Desroches/KMXT The generation that remembers the Exxon Valdez oil spill wants to make sure the next generation doesn’t forget. That’s one of the reasons the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is hosting an educational youth program on Saturday, according to outreach coordinator Lisa Matlock. She says the board has made an ... Read More »

After Seven Years, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Returns to Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Emergency preparedness is on everyone’s mind in light of the recent fire in Chiniak. That’ll be a big part of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council fall meeting in Kodiak this week. Lisa Matlock is the group’s outreach coordinator and says the council was created right after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, when citizens had banded ... Read More »

Common Murres Washing Up on Kodiak Beaches


A common murre in water. Photo by Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island residents have been reporting a large number of common murres washing up on local beaches. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge bird biologist, Robin Corcoran, says that the common murre is a small, black and white seabird and that its breeding colonies are more common in ... Read More »

Kodiak Gathers to Celebrate City’s 75th Anniversary


FilAm Kodiak performing the tinikling. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT This Saturday, Kodiak celebrated the 75th anniversary of its incorporation as a city. Residents came to sample food from the potluck, see performances from local groups, and to enjoy each other’s company. At the anniversary celebration, people enjoy a community pot-luck inside the Baranof Park Ice Rink. It’s not icy right ... Read More »

Nonprofit Asks Borough Assembly to Hold Conservation Easement to Termination Point and Long Island

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two Lesnoi lands may see a switch in property right ownership. The Great Land Trust, an Alaskan nonprofit involved in land conservation, made a presentation at the Kodiak Island Borough assembly work session last night to seek borough involvement in a possible rights sale of Termination Point and Long Island. Lesnoi President and CEO, Jana Turvey, stood up ... Read More »

Heimlich Instruction and Compressible Dummies at Upcoming Basic Life Support Class

Kayla Desroches/KMXT What would you do if someone started choking at the table next to you at a restaurant or suffered a heart attack at the gym? Tomorrow, a class through the Kodiak Area Native Association’s Community Health EMS Training Center will teach people how to respond to emergencies like those. Siene Allen is the wellness program administrator at KANA ... Read More »

Emporer Goose Subsistence Hunting from a Local Hunter’s Perspective


Emporer geese at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Subsistence hunters want to eat the foods traditional to Kodiak Island, and that includes one bird that’s been off-limits since 1987 due to low numbers: the Emperor Goose. The Kodiak region of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council has put in ... Read More »

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