Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Borough Plans New Chiniak Library / Tsunami Shelter After Fire

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT In the summer of 2015, Chiniak residents lost their library and tsunami shelter to the Twin Creeks fire. The flames engulfed the building and its contents. Now, Kodiak Island Borough employees are working together with locals to bring the structure back to life and fill it up with books for kids, teens, and adults. The library and tsunami ... Read More »

Fisheries Work Group Looks at Its Own Process

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Fisheries Work Group took a look at itself in the proverbial mirror last week. For the majority of the two hour meeting, work group members thought about their purpose, their guiding principles, and their future goals. City councilman John Whiddon said the work group can’t accommodate every issue that comes before it. “One of the big ... Read More »

An Ordinance to Ban Guns Within City Stopped in Tracks

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT An ordinance which would have put a restriction on weapons within the city limits got a resounding “no” vote from the Kodiak City Council at its regular meeting last night. But in this case, one of those “no’s” meant “yes.” The ordinance sprang from a couple of incidents over the last few years, one which involved a hunter ... Read More »

Deputy City Manager to Become City Manager

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The City of Kodiak is about to transition to a new city manager. Current city manager Aimée Kniaziowski is soon to retire, and at the Kodiak City Council regular meeting last night, the council entered executive session to consider the a contract with her replacement. Kniaziowski presented a brief timeline of the situation. “Back on January 24th, you ... Read More »

Dr. Bob Looks Back at His Dad’s Namesake, the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library

Dr. Bob and Marian Johnson stand in front of the old library building on Mill Bay Rd., previously the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Dr. Bob and Marian Johnson stand in front of the old library building on Lower Mill Bay Rd., which is currently going through asbestos abatement in the days preceding its demolition. Sensing equipment is set up by the door. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The building that once housed a well-loved institution is about to be demolished. The former A. Holmes ... Read More »

Emergency Service Officials Rethink Escape Plan in Light of Draft Tsunami Inundation Zones

Chief Mullican speaks to the Kodiak Island Local Emergency Planning Committee. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Chief Mullican speaks to the Kodiak Island Local Emergency Planning Committee. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT People around coastal Alaska are looking at how draft tsunami inundation maps could affect their communities. New data from the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management means that the 100-foot-line – or the boundary of the inundation zone – may be moved. Kodiak ... Read More »

Kodiak to be Site of Tern Study

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Arctic Tern.Lindsay Robinson / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak will be one of three sites where scientists will study colonies of seabirds called terns, their movements during the breeding season and their winter migratory patterns. Robin Corcoran, bird biologist with the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, says it’s a collaborative research project with the refuge, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, ... Read More »

City Council to Look at Fire Safety and Building Code Needs

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council is at the beginning of its fiscal year 2018 process and at its work session tonight will review revenue projections and take a look at its draft federal CIP list – its capital improvement project list. The fire station replacement is a top priority, but the city needs quite a bit more money before ... Read More »

Alaska Airlines Renovates Terminal in State Airport

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Airlines terminal at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport is about halfway through an extensive interior renovation and this month the chaos within could actually increase. Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president for the state, Marilyn Romano, says the airline updated its brand about a year ago and is now working towards a multi-million dollar renovation to each ... Read More »

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