Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Borough Assembly Discusses Jackson Park

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Jackson Mobile Home Park was the main topic of conversation at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly work session last night. While the Assembly also reviewed its packet for its regular meeting, it dedicated a chunk of time to possible solutions and next steps regarding Jackson Park. Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission was present to share their ... Read More »

Workshop Teaches Kids about Film and Climate Change


Students interview subject for climate change documentaries. Suyet in chair, Montuya in blue. Photo by Marie Acemah Kayla Desroches/KMXT A film workshop is teaching middle school and high school students about the environment and film-making at the same time, and they’re about to present their work. The kids write, narrate, and film their own documentaries on their topics of choice. ... Read More »

Young Kodiak Researchers Off to Italy for Conference


From left to right, John Dunlop, Kyle Ruotsalainen, and Levi Purdy install GEFS sensor platform. Photo by Anna McDonald Kayla Desroches/KMXT A group of five Kodiak students are working with NASA  to gather data on earthquakes and will present their research in Italy this July. Ron Fortunado from Trillium Learning guides the students in their various projects, which includes the ... Read More »

City Council Talks Downtown Transient Population

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council brought up the issue of transient people loitering downtown and harassing business owners at its work session last night. The council agreed that a number of homeless people gather in the small park in front of the Sun’aq tribe headquarters and discussed a variety of solutions. Councilmember Terry Haines says one idea is a ... Read More »

Navy Holds Community Forum in Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Navy representatives held a community forum in Kodiak yesterday to address concerns about its training in the Gulf of Alaska, which they say begins Monday. They say many people believe this month’s training will include bombs, sonar, and exercises that will disturb commercial fishing, but say much of that is misinformation. Chief of Plans for Alaskan Command, Captain ... Read More »

Navy Representatives to Hold Community Forum in Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Navy representatives will speak to the public in Kodiak today to address concerns about training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. Captain Raymond Hesser is the Chief of Plans for Alaskan Command and says he will talk about the training and an expert on the environmental impact study will explain the science behind Northern Edge. He says the ... Read More »

The Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Joins the Summer Fun & Games


Two children walk along a path during a Happy Trails outing. Via Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Kayla Desroches/KMXT For those of you looking for summer activities for your children, the flood gates are open. Groups around Kodiak are offering daytime and afternoon pursuits, and the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is one of them. Three of those programs are:  ... Read More »

Assembly Adopts Borough Budget

Kayla Desroches/KMXT After a series of late nights and long meetings, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly finally adopted its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget last Thursday at its regular meeting. General Manager Bud Cassidy says it’s not only a financial document, but also a statement of the Assembly’s philosophy. “That philosophy is that education is a priority as well as non-profit ... Read More »

Assemblywoman Carol Austerman Resigns


Picture of Carol Austerman. Via the Kodiak Island Borough website. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Assemblywoman Carol Austerman resigned last night at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting. She announced her decision during Assembly Members’ Comments. “My husband has been offered a job overseas and we will be moving,” says Austerman. “So, since my family will be preparing for this move, that ... Read More »

Kodiak Arts Council Organizes Sum’Arts 2015


Poster for Sum’Arts. Via Kodiak Arts Council Kayla Desroches/KMXT June is here, which means children are putting aside their studies – or their blocks – and pursuing summer activities. The Kodiak Arts Council has organized Sum’Arts once again this year to help the effort. It’ll offer classes in everything from sewing to acting. The Executive Director of the Arts Council, ... Read More »

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