Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Superintendent Finalist Profile: Glen Szymoniak

Glen Szymoniak. Courtesy of Alaska Council of School Administrators

Glen Szymoniak. Courtesy of Alaska Council of School Administrators Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s school board is on the search for a new Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent and will interview the three finalists in person on March 7. KMXT is speaking with the three individuals in the days before the Kodiak visit. Out of all three finalists, Szymoniak is from ... Read More »

City Council to Look Over Budget Items at Special Meeting

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The city may not be able to afford two new human resources employees and choose instead to stick with advertising for just one. The Kodiak City Council will work that out at a special meeting tonight. Back in December, the council voted to hire both a Human Resource Administrative Specialist and a Human Resource Manager to help with ... Read More »

Descendants Gather to Welcome Chirikof Ancestors Home

The boxes of remains transported from Anchorage to the Kodiak state airport. The ancestral remains are packed within many different layers, including various boxes, for safety. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Father Innocent Dresdow performs service on the remains in the room where they’re being kept, in a lower level of the Alutiiq Museum. Photo by April Laktonen Counceller / Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT After years of work, ancestral remains from a 19th century settlement on Chirikof Island have returned home. In the 1960s, archaeologists removed the bones from Chirikof, which ... Read More »

Superintendent Finalist Profile: Cyndy Mika

Cyndy Mika. Little Elm Texas Independent School District website

Cyndy Mika. Little Elm Texas Independent School District website Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s school board is on the search for a new Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent and will interview the three finalists in person on March 7. KMXT is speaking with the three individuals in the days before the Kodiak visit. In her 23 years in public education, Assistant ... Read More »

Speakers Cover Climate Change From View of Humanities and Science

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT A series of talks Saturday will apply many different academic disciplines to one overarching theme: climate change. The day’s schedule includes perspectives from English studies, science, and archaeology. The Kodiak College Community Engagement Committee is responsible for the event’s organization. Committee member Libby Eufemio, an assistant professor of Alaska Native studies, says in the past they’ve brought a ... Read More »

Preschool Uses Language Immersion to Teach Alutiiq

Students and teachers in classroom in the Afognak building on Near Island. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Students and teachers in the Afognak building on Near Island. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alutiiq language immersion preschool opened in Kodiak last month. The Sun’aq Tribe received a $2 million grant from the Administration for Native Americans to establish the nest school and keep it going over five years. Teachers use song to transition the kids between open play ... Read More »

Borough Mayor Vetoes Building Code Exemptions

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer vetoed the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s decision to grant building code exemptions to some homes outside the city limits. He filed the veto today and included a letter listing his reasons. First, Rohrer writes that the veto reflects what he’s heard from the community based on public comment at meetings. He goes onto explain ... Read More »

Governor’s Office Directs Attention to School Board Contributions in Alaska

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed February school board recognition month, an opportunity to acknowledge the role of board members in the school district and community. Julie Cain Hill is the latest addition to the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education, which she joined in October following a race against Kelly Bell. She now serves as treasurer. ... Read More »

Kodiak Hockey League to Compete in Eagle River

Two hockey players face off on a frozen lake. Tyler / Flickr

Two hockey players face off on a frozen lake. Tyler / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Hockey League will participate in the tier 4 state tournament this weekend. Members of KHL get the opportunity to travel all over North America to take part in hockey competitions, but for this coming state tournament, they’ll head to Eagle River. Carly and Hannah ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Hockey and Firefighting

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On today’s Talk of the Rock, we chat about hockey and firefighting, but not at the same time. First, members of the Kodiak Hockey League join to reminisce about how they got involved in the sport. They’ll also cover future competitions. Then, two representatives of the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department come to talk about why they signed up and the ... Read More »

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