Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Assembly Reviews Tax Exemption Case, Amends Mobile Home Park Code

Kayla Desroches/KMXT At its regular meeting last night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed an ongoing court case and heard a coding ordinance passed on from the Planning and Zoning Commission. As community development director Bob Pederson explained, the ordinance updates the mobile home park chapter of the borough code and lessens some of the regulatory requirements on construction or ... Read More »

Twin Creeks Fire at 50 Percent Containment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Twin Creeks fire crews are making steady progress on containment. On Monday, firefighters had reached 10 percent containment, on Tuesday 20 percent, and on Wednesday 30 percent. Today, the fire is at 50 percent containment. State Division of Forestry information officer, Jim Schwarber, says a containment line is a section of the fire boundary that the fire ... Read More »

At September First Friday, Looking Toward Winter Months

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A poster for the September First Friday event. Click for larger version. Via the Kodiak Arts Council Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fall is almost here – and winter soon enough – which means indoor entertainment becomes all the more important. Erin Starr-Hollow is the program coordinator for the Kodiak Arts Council and has that in mind while planning upcoming First Friday art ... Read More »

Press Conference Gives Update on Chiniak Fire From Beginning Until Now

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City manager and Kodiak emergency services director, Aimée Kniaziowski, speaks at podium at Chiniak fire press conference. Chief Mullican stands second from left. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT While Kodiak residents can no longer see the Twin Creeks fire from the city limits, it is still active and in the process of being contained. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, representatives ... Read More »

City Government to Move Forward on Near Island Quarry and Take Public Input

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough has granted the city a conditional use permit to continue a quarry construction on Near Island that began in 2009. The city applied for the permit after realizing it had been digging into the conservation zoning district, which requires special permission for certain land uses. Attorney Jill Wittenbrader is one of the people who ... Read More »

Assembly and Council Jointly Sign Trawl Bycatch Management Letter

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A letter the Kodiak City Council recently approved to provide input on the Environmental Impact Statement for Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management has also gained the stamp of approval from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. At a special meeting last Thursday night, fisheries analyst Heather McCarty helped explain the document, which addresses concerns about overconsolidation and regionalization ... Read More »

Cowboys, Reindeer Hot Dogs, and Alutiiq Songs at Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair

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Participant roping a steer. Photo by Pam Foreman/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair came to town this weekend. It continued from Saturday to Sunday with food, exhibits of award-winning produce, and of course, rodeo sports. You could see local cowboys and cowgirls doing everything from lassoing steers to riding horses that put up a fight. We spoke ... Read More »

City Council Drafts Letter to Inform Environmental Impact Statement for Gulf of Alaska Trawl Bycatch

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council approved a letter yesterday that may affect the future of bycatch management in the Kodiak Archipelago. The city council held a special meeting last night in order to sign-off on the final draft of the letter, which it will send to the National Marine Fisheries Service in order to provide input on the Environmental ... Read More »

Spruce Aphids in First Year of Boom-Bust Cycle

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Close up of spruce aphids. Photo by Elizabeth Graham Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak residents have seen aphids chewing away at their trees before, but this year they’ve arrived earlier and spread further into southcentral Alaska. A few residents have noticed the change in their trees over time, like naturalist Stacy Studebaker, who wrote “Wildflowers and Other Plant Life of the Kodiak ... Read More »

Assembly to Consider Holding Public Access Easement to Termination Point

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Map of Termination Point with one part of trail loop marked in red. Via romancingalaska.com Kayla Desroches/KMXT A couple of groups are trying to make sure that Termination Point will stay protected and the trees there will remain rooted. Borough manager Bud Cassidy says the village corporation, Leisnoi, currently owns that land, but may sell its development rights to the ... Read More »

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