Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Alaska meets global demand for sea cucumbers

Sea cucumbers in a store in Chicago. (Photo byJuan Carlos Martin / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The sea cucumber fishery in Southeast opened for harvest in the beginning of October. It’s now half way through its season. And, much like salmon this year, it looks like the state’s sea cucumber harvest is also finding success on the global market. Out of ... Read More »

Alaska Aerospace Corporation starts company for out-of-state services

Alaska Aerospace Corporation launch facility in Narrow Cape. (Photo courtesy of AAC) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Aerospace Corporation will establish a subsidiary to handle its out-of-state services. AAC conducts rocket launches from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Narrow Cape and its corporate offices are in Anchorage. It’s contracted with both the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and private businesses. It’s also ... Read More »

Alaska salmon season a success in global market

Salmon roe. (Photo by Ken Schwarz / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT It was a generally good salmon season for Alaska, except for one species. “It was a disastrous year for chinook harvest.” That’s Andy Wink, a seafood economist with the consulting firm McDowell Group. Wink says while king salmon may be the most famous salmon species among Alaskans, it also makes ... Read More »

Museum exhibit features Sami reindeer herders

Reindeer on highway in Alaska. (Photo by JLS Photography / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum recently opened an exhibit that features the history and culture of Sami reindeer herders in Alaska. Collections Manager Michael Bach says Sami people are native to the northern regions of of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia. He says in the late 1800s, the Department of ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum releases book on traditional use of plants

Wormwood foliage. (A&M AgriLife Photo by Kathleen Phillips / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum just released a book about the traditional uses of Kodiak plants. Homer based ethnobotanist Priscilla Russell worked with museum staff to transform her research into the 181-page resource. According to a museum press release, Russell visited Kodiak villages in the 1990s and documented local knowledge ... Read More »

Kodiak to hold Scandinavian culture festival

Norwegian bread, lefse. (Photo by Harald Groven / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak will hold a Scandinavian festival next week. The multi-day event will include regional foods, folk tunes, and stories about local families. Filmmaker Stefan Quinth will screen some of the documentaries he’s recorded around the island. Quinth, who was born in Sweden, is part of a company called Camera ... Read More »

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