Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Project partners look toward assessment of land for redevelopment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local partners are looking at how to distribute a large grant to assess land called brownfields for redevelopment on the island. Brownfields are parcels of land that may have been used as commercial or industrial sites in the past and may have been contaminated from hazardous waste or petroleum. On the island, that might mean properties that were ... Read More »

Subcommittee tackles subject of downtown transient population

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Community leaders are concerned about the transient population downtown. Members of the public have complained about harassment from people loitering in the mall area, but business owners also pinpoint theft as an issue. The Downtown Kodiak Revitalization Social Issues and Public Safety Subcommittee talked about the situation at a meeting this week. The event drew significant attendance from ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – January 25, 2018

Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the tanner crab fishery opened in the Kodiak management area for the first time since 2013. Fishermen geared up to try their luck last week. Also, the International Pacific Halibut Commission is meeting in Portland. IPHC is looking at the total allowable catch for halibut along the West Coast, and that’s likely to ... Read More »

What sets this week’s earthquake part from the 1964 earthquake and tsunami

Alaska 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami damage. (Courtesy of NOAA’s Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey Collection) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak could have been the first coastal community hit had there been a large tsunami early Tuesday morning. A little after 12:30 a.m., the Alaska & West Coast Tsunami Warning Center reported a magnitude 7.9 earthquake roughly 175 miles southeast of ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Tsunami Warning

On today’s Talk of the Rock, KMXT delves more into this morning’s tsunami warning with Dan Belanger, Earthquake & Tsunami Program Manager with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He explains why this earthquake didn’t cause a tsunami and talks about the new Kodiak area tsunami inundation maps, which were released last year. Read More »

Artist connects with father’s memory through painting

“Reflections of the Seasons” by Danielle Larsen, painting in oil. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Larsen) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository is building up its permanent collection with modern art. The museum recently acquired a new painting through a Museums Alaska grant. The artist, Danielle Larsen, lives in Anchorage and her piece, Reflections of the Seasons, shows a ... Read More »

Moment in Kodiak: Larry LeDoux

Larry LeDoux with campers. (Photo courtesy of Larry LeDoux) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s rich history is recorded in historical documents, firsthand accounts, and photographs. They contain more than just facts and dates. They’re also evidence of everyday life: the restaurants people went to, the entertainment that filled their days, and the people they spent their time with. In this three-part series, ... Read More »

Kodiak Special Olympics looks to refresh and revitalize

Dan Canavan. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The longtime director of Special Olympics Kodiak is moving onto other things. Special Olympics is an international nonprofit that gives athletes with intellectual disabilities a chance to participate in group sports like floor hockey or individual activities like powerlifting. Nicolle Egan, vice president of Special Olympics Alaska, grew up in ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum provides laptops to tribal entities

Laptop keyboard. (Photo byMartin Bekkelund / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A program through the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository is making laptops available to island communities. Development Assistant Jeff Garcie joined the 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 says 12 computers are up ... Read More »

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