Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

KEA Switches Away from Payment by Phone

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Electric Association has streamlined its payment approach. It’s turned away from pay-by-phone and will rely on online, mail, and in-person options from now on. Dan Menth works in the finance department and says mandates from the Payment Card Industry are the driving force behind that decision. “If we take credit card information over the phone, you ... Read More »

Marine Debris Barge Arrives in Kodiak


Barge in Kodiak, without bags. Photo by Candice Bressler Kayla Desroches/KMXT Today, a massive barge docked in Kodiak in its first stop to transport hundreds of tons of marine debris to the lower 48. Its arrival is part a bigger project covering coastlines in Alaska and British Columbia with a mission to remove marine debris and head to Seattle to ... Read More »

Kids to Discover Kodiak History First Hand at Sum’Arts Camp

Kayla Desroches/KMXT What do throwing boards, butter-making, and ciitaq have in common? They’re all things Kodiak kids of the past experienced in their daily lives. And they’re all something modern day middle school students will get to learn about at the Baranov Museum’s Kodiak Arts and Culture Camp through the Kodiak Arts Council’s Sum’Arts series. Instructor Jill Lipka is the ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Filipino Cannery Workers

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, Host Kayla Desroches chats with Diane Rodill, whose father was part of the first wave of Filipino cannery workers in the Kodiak area. Rodill talks her father’s identity, character, and his mysterious life of daring and adventure, and she frames his story with discussion of Filipino history in Alaska and the United States ... Read More »

Compass Program Teaches Mentors to Lead Young Men in Communication and Respect


Gene Tagadan. Via Kayla Desroches/KMXT An upcoming program through the Kodiak Area Native Association aims to teach youth leaders how to guide young men in communication, conflict resolution, and respect. The workshop, called Compass, will take place from August 17 to 19 and the sign-up deadline is July 17. The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault designed ... Read More »

Community Archaelogy 2015 Approaching


Volunteers from Community Archaelogy 2014. Via the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The opportunity to take a day-trip to dig for artifacts is a rare treat, but it’s one that Kodiak residents get the chance to experience every year. The Alutiiq Museum’s annual Community Archaeology dig is approaching and will give community members a chance to discover Alaska Native history first-hand. ... Read More »

Local Author Writes About PSP, Floatplane Incident, and Murder


Robin Barefield. Via Kayla Desroches/KMXT     A local author has used real dangers on Kodiak Island to turn her work of fiction into a plausible who-done-it. When Robin Barefield isn’t guiding tourists to bear-viewing locales or leading hunting expeditions, she finds time to write. Barefield just released her second novel, “Murder over Kodiak,” which follows a biologist researching paralytic ... Read More »

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