Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Senator Gary Stevens Files for Lieutenant Governor

Gary Stevens. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Legislature Kayla Desroches/KMXT Longtime Kodiak resident Republican Senator Gary Stevens will run for lieutenant governor in 2018. Stevens has spent almost 18 years in the Alaska legislature. Before that, he was a familiar face in Kodiak’s local government. He’s served as mayor of both the Kodiak Island Borough and the city of Kodiak ... Read More »

Alaska Democratic Party Conducts Campaign Training in Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The filing deadline for municipal elections is almost here, and members of the Democratic party were in Kodiak over the weekend to conduct campaign training. Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party Casey Steinau and party executive director Jay Parmley, said the Campaign and Organizing Workshop is part of an effort to “build their bench.” Parmley says they understand ... Read More »

Test Missile Launches From Kodiak

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, during Flight Experiment THAAD (FET)-01 on July 30, 2017 (EDT). Leah Garton / Missile Defense Agency Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Aerospace Corporation just completed its second missile test of the summer as part of its partnership with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. ... Read More »

Kodiak Local Reappointed to Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Governor Bill Walker announced 42 appointments to Boards and Commissions last week. One of the reappointments is Kodiak’s Thomas Walters to the Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors. The Alaska Aerospace Corporation runs a launch facility in Pasagshak and contracts with both private companies and government entities. It’s participated in missile defense tests with the U.S. Department of Defense’s ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Project Specialist Now Gallery Manager

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alutiiq Museum employee is switching over to a new position at the store front. Kodiak local Rebecca Pruitt has been a project specialist at the museum for about four years, supporting the programs the Alutiiq Museum was able to provide through various grants it won. She also sometimes filled in at the storefront at the museum entrance. ... Read More »

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Mariner North of Port Moller

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Coast Guard helicopter crew from air station Kodiak came to the rescue of a mariner about 14 miles north of Port Moller on Tuesday. According to a Coast Guard press release, the 43-foot gill netter Transit was stuck in the surf for an unspecified reason and “taking on water.” Two good Samaritan vessels tried to help, but ... Read More »

Chiniak Burn Area Open for Firewood Collection

Firewood. Liz West / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Piles of wood debris line the road following tree salvage in Chiniak. Starting today, people are free to take them. Both wood harvest and replanting is complete, and borough resource management officer Maggie Slife says the borough wants to give the community the chance to stock up on firewood. She says there’s both ... Read More »

Madsen Bear Statue Replacement Arrives

Artist Stan Watts works on the clay model during one stage of making the bear sculpture. Photo by Vic Barnes Kayla Desroches/KMXT It’s usually bad news when brown bears wander into town, but the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center plans to set one up on its corner. The bear is 12-foot tall, just a little bigger than the average ... Read More »

Pink Salmon Season Going Strong

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The area-wide pink salmon opens again today.  After last year’s poor harvest, this season’s run is still looking strong. According to an update from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist James Jackson, fishermen harvested 1.5 million pink salmon during this last opener, which wrapped up July 24. That’s about 300,000 fish a day. Jackson writes ... Read More »

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