Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Kodiak’s commercial kelp harvest begins inside a seaweed nursery

Tamsen Peeples stands in the room where Blue Evolution keeps its tanks full of seeded string, which will eventually grow into seaweed. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s seaweed industry is growing, partly thanks to the investment of one company. Blue Evolution is based in the Lower 48 and turns kelp into pasta products. In May, they ... Read More »

Alutiiq museum to purchase five more local art pieces

Detail of Ing’iq (Barometer Mountain), oil on canvas, by Genevieve Opheim. (Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum will purchase five more pieces by local artists through the Rasmuson Foundation art acquisition fund. The different mediums and art forms all feature a little bit of island life. Alf Pryor’s photographs feature the remnants of a former cannery. Genevieve ... Read More »

High winds kick up volcanic ash

Katmai National Park. (Photo byPaxson Woelber / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s west side got some ash fall Friday. That’s according to Hans Schwaiger with the Alaska Volcano Observatory. He says the ash launched from the Katmai National Park area. “And then it traveled to the southeast over Shelikof Strait, and then Larsen Bay is where we detected it, and then ... Read More »

Baranov museum hosts speakers on Sami culture and reindeer herding

Reindeer. (Photo by Kevin Duffy / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Baranov Museum hosted several speakers who talked about Sami reindeer herders and their history in Alaska. The museum recently opened an exhibit on the subject. The Sami people are indigenous to the Arctic areas of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia, and in the 1800s taught Inupiaq people how to ... Read More »

Kodiak experiences widespread power outage

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak experienced a widespread power outage Sunday night. According to a Kodiak Electric Association press release, high winds affected the transmission lines that carry power from Terror Lake to the city near Pillar Mountain. As a result, most of town through the Monashka Bay area lost power a little after 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. As stated in the ... Read More »

Sea cucumber dive fishery wraps up

Sea cucumber. (Photo by Mary Harrsch / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak sea cucumber season is pretty much complete in the Kodiak management area. Nat Nichols, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist for the Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries, says they harvested the bulk of the guideline harvest level in the first four periods. “District wide it ... Read More »

Kodiak Maritime Museum moves Thelma C to permanent spot downtown

The Thelma C in its permanent location downtown by Trident Seafoods. (Photo by Pam Foreman / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Maritime Museum just moved its future outdoor exhibit, a historic fishing vessel, to its permanent location downtown. Museum executive director Toby Sullivan says the Thelma C has been in the museum’s collection since 2005 and it was built following ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – Nov. 09, 2017

Kayla Desroches/KMXT On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is opening up tanner crab for harvest in the Kodiak Management Area for the first time since 2013. Also, in the world of sea cucumber harvest, Alaska is stepping up to meet demand. We had help from KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham and the Alaska ... Read More »

High school swimmer breaks own state record

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak high school swim team ended its season on a good note. The season runs from August through November and they walked away from the state championship Saturday with a few different awards. Assistant swim Coach Maggie Rocheleau says Marina Cummiskey was recognized as outstanding female swimmer of the year and Talon Lundquist as the male swimmer ... Read More »

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