Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Talk of the Rock: Food Systems

On today’s Talk of the Rock, we chat about nutrition and food systems with Alaska Pacific University Professor Rachael Miller, who facilitated a recent food forum here in Kodiak. We talk about everything from added sugar in processed foods to making produce more accessible and affordable on the island. Miller begins the conversation talking about the right to food and ... Read More »

Boroughs Renews Share of Animal Control Service

Kayla Desroches/KMXT When a dog gets loose and poses a threat to Kodiak residents, animal control is the service they call. Animal control also covers vaccine enforcement and responds to reports of abuse. The Kodiak Island Borough contracts with the City of Kodiak to provide those services and pays for its part of the agreement. Last week at its regular ... Read More »

Skoda Donation Goes to Local Nonprofts

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson accepts a $25,000 donation from Skoda on behalf of the Kodiak Community Foundation. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last year, the Kodiak Community Foundation received a donation from Czech car maker Skoda, and now they’re ready to select grantees. Last year, Skoda filmed a commercial in Kodiak for its SUV, Kodiaq with a q, and featured City Mayor Pat ... Read More »

A Bad Berry Year and What That Means for Kodiak Bears

Salmonberries. Photo by Melody Ayres-Griffiths / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A scientist predicts climate change could have far-reaching effects on the growth of certain berries on Kodiak Island. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge supervisory wildlife biologist Bill Pyle just wrapped up a two-year pilot study on the Island. The study helps cement the monitoring methods they’ll use to study berry growth in ... Read More »

Warmer Kodiak Seasons Mean More Fruit

Lon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Summer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – but also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town. ... Read More »

Kodiak High School Hires New Principal

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak High School has a new principal, but he’s not a new face. Mel LeVan has taught math and science in Kodiak for about 25 years, and says he was considering retirement before applying for the position. He says he’s had 10 principals since he started, he’s helped all of them on school-wide issue, and he feels it’s ... Read More »

School District Support Staff Negotiates Contract

Central services wing of the high school, where negotiations are taking place. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The students may have left the now-quiet halls of Kodiak High School, but the school administration and district support staff are still hard at work. They’re on the second day of negotiating the contract for members of the Kodiak Island Educational Support Association, or ... Read More »

Borough Wins Grant to Assess Island Sites for Contamination

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough won a grant that will help it assess sites on the island that may be contaminated. The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that they’ve selected the borough and its partners, the City of Kodiak and Natives of Kodiak, for an award of $600,000 dollars. Kodiak is one of 172 communities nationwide to ... Read More »

The Fictional Fate of the Ebola Patient

(Left to right) Nurse Steve, Nurse Lydia, and patient / actor Patricia Roberts during a simulated examination. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Earlier in May, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center conducted an ebola simulation where the hospital received and treated a patient with the disease. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services had chosen Kodiak as the site for a ... Read More »

Downtown Farmer’s Market Enters Second Year

Kale. Photo byAlice Henneman / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The farmer’s market downtown enters its second year today. The Wednesday market emerged from a community forum and goal-setting event called Kodiak Strong, which Healthy Tomorrows organizes. Its original purpose was to bring local foods to an accessible spot for all city residents, and it ended up in the parking lot at ... Read More »

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