Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Alaska Aerospace Corporation Launches Into New Period on Island

Craig Campbell speaks to public at rededication event. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Craig Campbell speaks to public at rededication event. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s rocket launch facility has entered a new period on the island and will soon be active again. This comes about two years after a launch failure damaged buildings on the complex, and Alaska Aerospace Corporation representatives say insurance is covering the funds needed for repairs.  Saturday, AAC ... Read More »

Police Chief Gives Statement on Discontinuation of Body Worn Cameras

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Police Department recently discontinued the use of video cameras attached to officers’ uniforms, and Police Chief Ronda Wallace gave a statement at Thursday’s Kodiak City Council regular meeting regarding the reasons for the change. She said the KPD began the body camera trial program in 2015. “Most officers liked wearing the cameras which did two things, ... Read More »

Sun’aq Tribe Keeps a Close Eye on Habitat Around Runway Extensions

Red eye jellyfish. Flickr / Nathan Rupert

Red eye jellyfish. Flickr / Nathan Rupert Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak wants to know how the recently completed Kodiak Airport runway extensions are impacting marine life. If at all. Last month they wrapped up the study’s biological element for this summer. Researchers examined the colonization of the armor rock the state installed to bolster the runway safety ... Read More »

Council Addresses Communication Difficulties with KIB Assembly

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The talk around the table at the Kodiak City Council work session Tuesday night emphasized the problems in communication between the council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. One item on the agenda addressed the assembly’s decision to revert the borough’s building code back to the 2012 international residential code in order, some assembly members said, to relax engineering ... Read More »

Online Food Delivery Business Opens for Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An online food delivery business is now up and running in Kodiak. Park Cannon, with the help of his vehicle, is at the service of hungry home owners and room renters under the company name, Kodiak Delivery. It’s the Kodiak equivalent to popular online food ordering websites like GrubHub. Cannon has the perfect background for the job. Not ... Read More »

Trails and Consolidation on Agenda for Council Work Session

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council and the public will sit through both presentations and powerpoints at the council work session tonight. The first of these will be a Near Island pedestrian pathway planning and design update. According to a land use plan included in the meeting packet, DOWL is proposing a few new trails or trail linkages, one for ... Read More »

Company Makes a Business Out of Playing in Nature

Kayla  Desroches/KMXT Two adventurers have turned a hobby into a career and now spend their time traveling the country and recording trails via video so that other people can hike, bike, run, and ride them. This summer, Discover Kodiak hired Trail Genius to record real-time video and collect information about roughly 28 trails in Kodiak, including Termination Point, Pyramid, and ... Read More »

Assembly Removes Internal Job Advertisement Period

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly just got rid of the time period of five days it usually takes to advertise jobs to current borough employees. The ordinance was under public hearing at the regular meeting Thursday and Assemblyman Dan Rohrer expressed concern that the assembly’s position would impact the staff’s borough employee unionization discussion as it enters negotiations. ... Read More »

WWII Searchlight Arrives in Kodiak

Example of searchlight, located on Rysäkari Island off coast of Finland. Photo via Wikipedia

Example of searchlight, located on Rysäkari Island off coast of Finland. Photo via Wikipedia Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Military History Museum in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park is on the cusp of acquiring a 1941 searchlight. Volunteer Chuck Meitle, who has flown up from Oregon for the last five summers with his wife Nancy to volunteer at the park, says ... Read More »

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