Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Kodiak Organizes Community Talent Show

Chair on stage. (Photo byHernán Piñera / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT St. Mary’s School is putting together a venue for Kodiak residents to share their musical prowess, their tall tales, and their dance moves. The talent show will follow the example other communities in Alaska have set. Specifically, Sitka’s Monthly Grind. Jeff Budd from Sitka flew into Kodiak this week to ... Read More »

Fish Donations go Toward Hurricane Recovery

Box of frozen halibut from a SeaShare operation to Arctic Alaska in 2016. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fish from across Alaska and the Lower 48 is going toward recovery from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Washington-based nonprofit SeaShare, which works with seafood companies to donate fish to those in need, is partnering with food bank network Feeding America on the disaster ... Read More »

Sea Cucumber Dive Fishery Opens

Sea cucumber. (Photo by Mary Harrsch / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Over the last two days, people have been diving Kodiak waters for a spiky, reddish delicacy known as the sea cucumber. Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries area management biologist Nathanial Nichols says the first weekly fishing period for cucumbers opened Sunday. “It’s a winter fishery by regulation. It’s October through ... Read More »

Event Encourages Shopping Local

Clothing rack. (Photo bysgarcia / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A two-day event this weekend will help support the local businesses along Mill Bay road. Uptown Shop the Rock will include food trucks, live music, and art. Participants also hope it’ll attract members of the public who’ve never visited their shops before. Every year, local businesses face more and more competition from ... Read More »

Chugach Alutiiq Teachers Preserve Language in Villages

Brandon Moonin teaches students Alutiiq in village of Tatitlek. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Moonin) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two remote learning students just graduated from a Kodiak College Alutiiq language program. They’re striving to keep the language alive in Port Graham and Tatitlek, two villages where Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people speak the regional dialect of Chugach Alutiiq. Libby Eufemio, who runs the ... Read More »

Catcher/Seller Permits in City: To Sell from Deck or Dock?

St. Paul harbor. (Photo by Raymond Bucko, SJ / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The City of Kodiak is carving out what harvester-to-consumer sale might look like within city limits. Right now, city code prohibits fishermen from selling their catch directly from the harbor. After some prompting from the community, staff is working on changing that. At a city council work session ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Curator of Education Settles In

Natalie Trenery. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Trenery) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum hired a new curator of education this summer. Natalie Trenery says this is her first museum job. She says she used to work as a teacher’s aide and ran an art studio out of her home, where she did art classes for adults and kids. One of her ... Read More »

Sales Tax Draws Public Into Council Process

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A possible change to city sales tax drew public outcry this week. At a recent Kodiak City Council meeting, Debbie Refior was just one of the people to speak about the negative effect of sales tax on local business. She said in the past there were three car dealerships – now there’s one. “Kodiak’s my home. It’s been ... Read More »

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