Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Kodiak Gets New District Attorney

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak will have a new district attorney starting next month. According to a press release from the State of Alaska Department of Law, Gustaf Olson takes over from Steven Wallace, who transitioned to Bethel district attorney this summer. Olson worked in Anchorage at a municipal prosecutor in 2004, and then as an assistant district attorney in 2006. In ... Read More »

City Hires Matt Van Daele as Deputy City Manager

Matt Van Daele. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Kodiak Island Borough Assemblyman is joining the Kodiak City staff. Kodiak-born Matt Van Daele will work alongside city manager Mike Tvenge as deputy city manager. Van Daele speaks passionately about the Kodiak community. He says he’s always envied his dad, Larry Van Daele, for the 30 plus years he spent ... Read More »

Coast Guard Commanding Officer Moves Off Island

Jeff Westling. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Commanding Officer at U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak moved off island Thursday. Jeff Westling took over command in 2014 and had been in charge of mission support for all Alaska operations since then. He says his daily work schedule involved a lot of meetings. “When you run a large installation, you ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – August 10, 2017

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Coming up this week, the salmon season continues on its bumpy way. In the Chignik fishing district, the sockeye run is behind the forecast and the king run is so poor that that the federal government is cutting off both sport and subsistence fishing in the area. And a shortage of salmon is taking its toll on a Chilkat river ... Read More »

Brewery Features Metal Sculptor Mark Witteveen

Sculpture by Mark Witteveen. Courtesy of Mark Witteveen Kayla Desroches/KMXT This month the Brewery is featuring a local artist who creates sculptures using metal. Many of Mark Witteveen’s pieces show fish or fishy scenes, like salmon with speckled backs swimming through rivers with shades of blue and green. Welding is one of his techniques. Witteveen says he began welding for ... Read More »

Sun’aq Intern Helps Collar Bears and Elk

Jessica Rich with unconscious young male bear. Jerry Belant / Mississippi State University Kayla Desroches/KMXT A small number of people ever get to touch a Kodiak bear in their lifetime. Sun’aq Tribe wildlife intern, Jessica Rich, had the opportunity multiple times this summer. She participated in a study looking at how foresting could be affecting elk and bear populations on ... Read More »

Arts Council Holds Acting Class

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An acting class beginning Wednesday night could help prepare aspiring actors to audition for two upcoming community performances. In November, the Arts Council will put on a play called “It Happens Every Summer.” Acting class teacher, Jared Griffin, says they’ll need a cast of 30 for the play, which is set in the 1960s. “It’s about a group ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Hires Collections Manager

Michael Bach. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT An active member of the Alutiiq language scene in Kodiak has joined the Baranov Museum staff as collections manager. Michael Bach previously worked at the Alutiiq Museum and taught an Alutiiq language immersion preschool with the Sun’aq Tribe. He says his time at the Alutiiq Museum ended with the grant that funded ... Read More »

Planners of Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial Request Use of City Property

Draft design plan. Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The organizers behind a proposed Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial are seeking the Kodiak City Council’s support. The group requested a site that belongs to the city, and will present to the council at its work session tonight. The memorial idea comes from the recent return of ancestral remains that archeologists took from ... Read More »

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