Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Borough Assembly Renews Providence Hospital Lease

Providence hospital building. Courtesy of Providence Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough renewed the hospital lease with Providence Health & Services Alaska. Providence and the borough have held the agreement on Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center since 1997. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting Thursday night, Borough Manager Michael Powers said the document is the product ... Read More »

Nonprofit Ensures Continued Access to Local Trails

Trailhead for Lake Gertrude Trail. Photo byJ. Stephen Conn / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak hikers are rediscovering local trails now that the weather is nice, and the ongoing walkability of those paths is largely due to their caretakers. In some spots, the park service or the Kodiak Island Borough are responsible, but in other areas, the nonprofit Island Trails Network ... Read More »

Marijuana Industry Sees Slow Start in Kodiak Island Borough

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Marijuana. Image Courtesy of Brett Levin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough finalized regulations for the island’s commercial marijuana industry in April, but no businesses have sprung up yet. The new code outlines what cultivation, testing, and commercial sale would look within the borough, and it was the product of months of work from the Kodiak Island Borough ... Read More »

Assembly Passes Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The right of neighbors to give input on private property came up at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last night. Since last year, the assembly has been working on an ordinance that would permit accessory dwelling units in certain residential districts. ADUs are living areas with their own kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and entrance that are located ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – June 15, 2017

On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, a scientific study claims that the1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill had less of an impact on the declines in salmon and herring numbers than previously thought. And, in Bristol Bay, local fabricators are expanding into building set net skiffs. They’re customizing those vessels to suit fishermen’s needs. We had help this week from Alaska Public ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Releases New E-Books for App

Cover of the digital book Cestun lla et’a?–How is the Weather? Painting by Sandee Drabek Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is expanding its e-book collection, this time with stories focusing on children and their natural environments. The digital picture books are geared towards improving kids’ Alutiiq language literacy. The project began last fall with three stories: one about winter, one ... Read More »

Assembly to Say Yay or Nay on Accessory Dwelling Units

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly thoroughly reviewed an ordinance that would permit accessory dwelling units in certain residential districts. Tonight, it will hold a public hearing on the ordinance at its regular meeting. Accessory dwelling units are also known as mother-in-law apartments, and according to the meeting packet, are spaces in a home or on the ... Read More »

“Chicken Ordinance” Permits the Quieter Poultry

Chicken. Photo byDavid Goehring / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Planning and Zoning commission continues public outreach for the “chicken ordinance,” which aims to loosen up restrictions for poultry enthusiasts in the borough. The changes arose from complaints about code prohibitions on keeping small animals in certain residential districts. The borough suspended the enforcement of those regulations in 2016 to give ... Read More »

Alaska Aerospace Corporation to Hold Town Hall

Alaska Aerospace Corporation launch facility in Narrow Cape. Photo courtesy of AAC Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Aerospace Corporation will hold a meeting tonight to go over its operations, including its involvement in the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program, or THAAD program. President and CEO Craig Campbell says they’ll be launching two THAAD-related missiles in July. Those ... Read More »

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