Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Members of Law Enforcement Find Meth Lab in Kodiak

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Law enforcement shut down a meth lab in the City of Kodiak earlier this month. According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, on March 16 the troopers’ Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit got word that roughly half a pound of methamphetamine – about $82,760 worth – had been shipped from California to the “Kodiak Repair Shop”. On March ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Hires Collections and Exhibits Manager

Amanda Lancaster. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum

Amanda Lancaster. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository houses a collection of more than 250,000 items, and has had no one to officially catalog or care for the artifacts since Collections and Exhibits Manager Marnie Leist left the museum this winter. Now, someone from a much flatter, warmer land has moved onto the ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Traumatic Event Counseling and ComFish

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On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches talks with staff from the Coast Guard’s CISM program, which stands for Critical Incident Stress Management. They counsel Coast Guard members who have gone through a traumatic event. Also joining will be Trevor Brown from the Chamber of Commerce and Julie Bonney from the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank to talk about ... Read More »

Larry LeDoux Chosen as School District Superintendent

Larry LeDoux. Courtesy of the Kodiak Island Borough

Larry LeDoux. Courtesy of the Kodiak Island Borough Kayla Desroches/KMXT Come July, the Kodiak Island Borough School District will have a new superintendent: current borough assemblyman Larry LeDoux. Current Superintendent Stewart McDonald turned in his notice of resignation last year, and earlier this month it came down to LeDoux and two other finalists, Cyndy Mika in Texas and Glen Szymoniak ... Read More »

Respect March Encourages Discussion and Awareness

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT Organizers of the upcoming Choose Respect march have high hopes for turnout this year. Julie Beehler, a quality support specialist with the Providence Kodiak Island Counseling Center, says they’ve been active in spreading the word – in part through advertisement in local media like the newspaper. She says St. Mary’s School has signed up for the march and ... Read More »

Agriculture Workshops Covers Policy and Marketing Produce

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT An agriculture workshop this week will focus on organic farming, food policy, and marketing locally grown food. Kodiak Healthy Tomorrows organized the event and invited Minnesota-based Kathy Zeman to speak. Zeman, an operations manager for the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association and owner of Simple Harvest Farm, says people need to look at the actual cost of producing cheap ... Read More »

When it Comes to Cabbage, Bigger Could be Better

A giant cabbage at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer in 2009. Travis / Flickr

A giant cabbage at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer in 2009. Travis / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The United States has sometimes been said to follow the “bigger is better,” philosophy, from trucks to portions sizes. Well, why not apply that same idea to a slightly healthier American product? Like a vegetable. Or, specifically, a cabbage. Midge Short is an ... Read More »

City to Update Birch St. Water and Sewer System

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT A piece of Kodiak’s history is buried beneath the ground in the form of pipes. City public works director Mark Kozak says the water and sewer system in the Aleutian Homes is from the original 1950s construction, and the city has been slowly rebuilding in that area since 2006. The Kodiak City Public Works Department is now looking ... Read More »

Kodiak Girl Scout to Receive Recognition for Life-Saving Effort

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT This weekend, a young local will receive a Girl Scouts Medal of Honor. The award recognizes those who have been part of a life-saving effort, and last year only 30 Girl Scouts earned the prize nationwide. At a Girl Scouts Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, event Saturday, 13-year-old Krista Simpler will take home the medal. Krista ... Read More »

Fire District 1 Seeks Borough Loan

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Fire District 1 Board hopes to get a loan from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and direct it to the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department’s new tanker and engine. Board chairman Paul Van Dyke sat before the assembly at its work session last night to speak on behalf of Bayside, which recently got assembly approval for the purchase ... Read More »

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