Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Jackson’s Park on Agenda at Tonight’s Joint Session

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Jackson’s Mobile Home Park continues to be a point of discussion with local government, and the Kodiak City Council and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will tackle it again at a joint work session tonight. While Borough Manager Bud Cassidy was not available for comment, Bill Roberts is administrative officer for the Kodiak Island Borough and says the ... Read More »

Novel “Afognak” Unfolds on Kodiak Island


James Rains, author of “Afognak.” Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak is the star of a new novel. Author James Rains recently released “Afognak” with publisher Beaver’s Pond Press, and the thriller follows a doctor and other survivors after a virus hits the island. Rains says he worked in Kodiak for a year at the police department and based characters on ... Read More »

City Council to Repair Mill Bay Road, Postpones Subsistence Act Resolution

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council touched on Senator Murkowski’s rural status and subsistence bill last night at its regular meeting among other items of new business, including a contract with Brechan Enterprises. On the agenda was the resolution to support the Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015, which would leave urban versus rural community status up to the United ... Read More »

Sun’aq Tribe and Native Village of Afognak Meet with Navy Representatives

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Sun’aq Tribe and the Native Village of Afognak met with military representatives the day after a forum where the Navy assured the public it would not use all the weaponry and technology approved in its environmental impact statement for the training between June 15 and 26. Tom Lance, the Sun’aq Tribe’s Natural Resources Director, says at that ... Read More »

Dig Afognak’s Harvesting Camp Starts Friday


Afognak Island coastline. Via Wikipedia Kayla Desroches/KMXT A cultural education camp for youth starts up on Afognak Island this Friday. Dig Afognak gives Native Alaskan children from ages 9 to 14 the chance to participate in four themes over four weeks. Melissa Borton is the tribal administrator for the Native Village of Afognak and says this coming week is harvesting ... Read More »

Invasive Species Awareness Week: Hawkweed Edition


Orange hawkweed behind the KMXT office. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT If you’re a gardener or just a fan of plants, you’re probably familiar with some of Kodiak’s weeds. Sunday marked the beginning of Invasive Species Awareness week in Alaska and the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation Distric t’s Project Coordinator, Blythe Brown, says we planted seeds for a lot of ... Read More »

Councilman to Pitch Pedestrian Fishing Dock Idea


Councilman Charles Davidson. Via the Kodiak City Council website Kayla Desroches/KMXT For those who can’t leave the city by land or sea for their fishing needs, one Kodiak City councilmember has a solution. Councilman Charles Davidson wants to answer a need in the community and says he’ll present his idea at the council’s work session tonight. “The present ordinances for ... Read More »

Jackson’s Park Faces Structural Challenges


Sign forJackson’s Mobile Home Park. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT One concern for residents as the Jackson’s Mobile Home Park closure approaches is what to do with their trailers. According to one resident who works in construction and does remodeling, people can’t just pick up and leave. Robert Mee says age has taken a toll on many of the structures. “I ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Discusses The Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A bill that could affect communities’ rural status and their subsistence rights turned out to be a controversial item at last night’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young introduced the bill, titled “The Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015”, which would disallow changing a community to an urban designation unless authorized ... Read More »

Assembly Meeting Preview: Subsistence Status and Garbage Fees

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s subsistence rights and its garbage fees will be on the table for the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting tonight. Borough Manager Bud Cassidy says the Assembly will discuss a subsistence access resolution that supports a bill Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced. He says Kodiak gears up every decade to defend its rural nature. “There’s always a tendency ... Read More »

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