Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Talk of the Rock: Firefighter One Class

On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with Chief James Mullican from the Kodiak Fire Department, Chief Howard Rue of the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department, and volunteer firefighter Jason Wagner about an ongoing class the two stations are holding called Firefighter One. They also go over the role of volunteer firemen, the different response districts, and their ... Read More »

Assembly Appoints Dave Townsend to Open Seat

Borough clerk Nova Javier swears in new assemblyman Dave Townsend. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, a new assemblyman joined the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. Dan Rohrer left the seat vacant when he became borough assembly mayor, and seven candidates stepped up to vie for the position. They were Terry Haines, David Harmes, Monique Lewis, Andy Schroeder, Jonathan Strong, Dave ... Read More »

The Alaska Fisheries Report 10 Nov. 2016

Coming up this week, we find out what our harbormasters think of derelict boats, there’s red coral in Alaska, and there’s a new mayor in town. We had help from KSTK’s Aaron Bolton in Wrangell, KCAW’s Elizabeth Jenkins in Sitka and KUCB’s Laura Kraegel in Unalaska. Read More »

Local Assistant Principal Receives Award

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local assistant principal received an award just as he transitioned to a new position within the school district. Kodiak Middle School Assistant Principal Damon Hargraves got a Principal of the Year award last month at the 50th Annual Alaska Principals’ Conference. The event is sponsored by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals and the Alaska Association ... Read More »

Local Law Enforcement Goes Through Sexual Assault Response Team Training

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Wednesday was the final day of Sexual Assault Response Team Training for a number of local and state law enforcement agencies, including the Kodiak Police Department, the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak and officers from the police departments in Bethel, Dillingham and Nome. The training, which is through the Alaska Council of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, began ... Read More »

Local Election Results Are In

A future voter seems just a little distracted as mom fills her ballot Tuesday afternoon at the Mission Precinct polling place at Bayside Fire Hall. Voting was brisk, with nearly 1,000 ballots cast by early afternoon. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo Kayla Desroches and Jay Barrett/KMXT It is a close race for House District 32, which covers Kodiak, south Kachemak Bay, Cordova ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Halibut Fishery Monitoring Program

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with PhD candidate Elizabeth Figus, who’s researching the benefits of electronic monitoring versus observers and how to incorporate fishermen’s preferences into bycatch management. Figus wants to thank her funders: The National Science Foundation Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic & Subarctic IGERT, The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center of ... Read More »

Assembly Votes No on Resolution to Prevent Derelict Vessels with Added Charges

Kayla Desroches/KMXT At its regular meeting last Thursday, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly considered a series of resolutions from the Alaska Municipal League, which consists of government representatives from throughout the state. The assembly must take a position on the resolutions as a member of the league. One was about the prevention of derelict vessels, a problem at harbors across ... Read More »

PhD Student Researches Monitoring Program and Fishermen’s Preferences

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A University of Alaska Fairbanks PhD candidate is studying how halibut fishermen feel about bycatch and data collection. Elizabeth Figus says in spring 2015, she went to four different halibut fishing communities in Southeast and interviewed 78 fishermen. She says one preliminary finding pointed to fishermen’s opinions about monitoring methods and the observer program. “I found that pretty ... Read More »

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