Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Community Applies Again for Grant to Fund Fisheries Research Project

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough and City of Kodiak are applying for a grant to fund community fisheries research. The assembly is leading the grant application process and it’s seeking funds through NOAA’s Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program, which supports fisheries projects. The community applied for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant last year, but failed to win that funding. Now, armed with the ... Read More »

Too Late to Withdraw, Board of Education Candidate Asks Voters to Choose Someone Else

Merissa Koller-Williams. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Merissa Koller-Williams. Kayla Desroches/KMXT A seasonal school district employee who discovered the position makes her ineligible to serve on the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education is asking voters not to cast their ballots in her favor in the upcoming election. Merissa Koller-Williams is the director of the Healthy Tomorrows community wellness program, and also serves as the Kodiak High ... Read More »

Preschool Allows Kids to Romp Around in the Great Outdoors

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Preschool in the Kodiak Island Borough began last week and one outdoor program which debuted last year has just opened a class for 3 and 4-year-olds. The expansion at the Kodiak Baptist Mission comes after its success last year with 4 and 5-year-olds. Lead outdoor preschool teacher, Josh Bell, says the outdoor class idea was a dream of ... Read More »

The Poor Pink Salmon Run and Possible Solutions


Pink salmon. Photo by Nicole Beaulac / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon run was a bad one this year, not just for Kodiak, but for the entire Gulf of Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist, James Jackson, says on a good year they’d catch an average of 15 million pinks. He says last year they ... Read More »

Floatplane Crashes on Kodiak Island

Kayla Desroches/KMXT There was a float plane accident in Kodiak with no fatalities Friday afternoon. According to Petty Officer Bill Colclough in the Anchorage Coast Guard Public Affairs Office, a de Havilland DHC-2 floatplane carrying three people crashed in the vicinity of Uganik Lake. According to Petty Officer Kelly Parker from the Kodiak Public Affairs Office, the command center in ... Read More »

Marine Debris Clean-up on Shuyak Island Winds Down for the Year

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Marine debris clean-up at Shuyak Island State Park just concluded for the year. Over the course of three months, local nonprofit Island Trails Network deployed volunteers to pick up the debris that catches on the bays and lagoons of western Shuyak Island. By the end of the project, volunteers had gathered 70,000 pounds of debris, which ITN has ... Read More »

Assembly Covers Design Manual for Building in Borough

Kayla Desroches/KMXT If the City of Kodiak hopes the Kodiak Island Borough will reconsider a recent change in building code, the borough assembly has so far not made any moves in that direction. If anything, it’s educating itself more on its shift back to the 1997 Uniform Building Code. The city and borough currently have a memorandum of agreement to ... Read More »

New Coast Guard Base Housing Completed

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard recently opened 20 new housing units on base Kodiak. Personnel department head, Commander Brian Chambers, says the last neighborhood the Coast Guard built on the island was Aviation Hill between the late 90s and 2003. The development of these most recent duplexes began a couple of years ago. Construction company Tutor Perini Corporation broke ground ... Read More »

City Meeting All About Bonds and Cars

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council’s upcoming regular meeting will cover a few different financial decisions, including bonds and the purchase of new police cars. As explained in the meeting packet, the council will look over three different harbor-related resolutions authorizing the city manager to go ahead with bond refunding. Much is reliant on market conditions and therefore subject to ... Read More »

Lecture to Cover Whaling and Other Alutiiq Sea Mammal Hunting Techniques

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Sea mammals were a staple in historic Alutiiq diets, and a lecture this week will cover the traditional methods and rituals of hunting them. Alutiiq Museum Curator of Archaeology Patrick Saltonstall says Alutiiq people hunted whales, porpoises, fur seals, and sea otters, and used a variety of projectile weapons. “They’d hunt them with throwing boards. They’d use it ... Read More »

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