Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Talk of the Rock: Internet Connectivity and the Alaska Rug Company

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, we chat with Alutiiq Museum Development Assistant Jeff Garcie. He joined staff in 2017 as part of the federally-funded Digital Inclusion Corps, which aims to build digital knowledge and broadband infrastructure in rural areas. He looks back at the program and what’s happened during his time working with the villages. Then, we talk ... Read More »

School district looks at decreasing cost for classroom technology

Kodiak school board. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District is trying to reduce the amount of money it spends on the renewal and replacement of classroom devices. That’s according to computer technician Walter Barnes, who presented to the board of education at its work session Monday night. He said the past purchases ... Read More »

Kodiak College serves as pilot campus for new website accessibility guidelines

The new regulations through the United States Access Board involve modifying code to make UAA’s website accessible to screen readers. (Photo by Michael Himbeault / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak College, a University of Alaska Anchorage campus, will be the testing grounds for making UAA online content and media more accessible to the general public and people with disabilities. In January ... Read More »

Two artists weave rugs using line from former cannery

Port Bailey. (Photo courtesy of Anita Shane) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two artists operate from the site of a decommissioned cannery on Kodiak Island. Anita Shane says she’s been at Port Bailey on the northwest side since 2004, and it’s a massive estate, roughly 29 acres. “There’s three huge warehouses that go out onto the water and then there’s probably another 20 ... Read More »

Injured bear is wandering just outside City of Kodiak

Kodiak bear, not the injured bear mentioned in the story. (Photo by Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT An injured bear has been spotted wandering between the City of Kodiak and Dead Man’s Curve. That’s according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist John Crye. “It’s an adult bear. It’s probably 5 to ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – February 01, 2018

Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the United States and Canada failed to agree on catch reductions for halibut along the Pacific coast at the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting last week. Instead, commission regulations from last year will remain in place. Also, the Kodiak area opened for tanner crab for the first time since 2013, and it closed ... Read More »

Kids combine environmental awareness and art

Bonnie Dillard and bear sculpture. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The First Friday art walk will feature one stop that draws attention to the issue of marine debris. Last year, former teacher Bonnie Dillard led students in a project that used trash washed up on local beaches to make a series of salmon sculptures and one larger ... Read More »

Borough settles on building plans for Chiniak tsunami shelter and library

One of the documents from the tsunami shelter and library plan included in the meeting packet. (Courtesy of the Kodiak Island Borough) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is in the planning stage of constructing a new tsunami shelter and library in Chiniak. The original structure burned down in the Twin Creeks fire in 2015, and Chiniak residents are eager ... Read More »

Tanner crab season closes

Tanner crab. (Photo by Paul Quesnell / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The tanner crab fishery wrapped up last week. Nat Nichols, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist for the Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries, says the opening lasted roughly four days, which is about what they expected. And as far participation goes, he says a total of 55 ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Tanner Crab

On today’s Talk of the Rock, we chat about the recent tanner crab opening with Nat Nichols from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He’ll give a retrospective on the tanner crab fishery, which opened this year for the first time in Kodiak since 2013. Read More »

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