Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Author Presents History of Icelandic Women at Sea

Seawomen of Iceland cover. Courtesy of

Seawomen of Iceland cover. Courtesy of Kayla Desroches/KMXT An author coming to Kodiak will speak on her book, “Seawomen of Iceland,” which covers the history of women on fishing vessels in Icelandic waters. Author Margaret Willson has a background in fishing and now works as an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington with the Department of Anthropology ... Read More »

Turning Scrap Metal Into Word Art

Artwork by Miranda and Malachi Stohl. Photo courtesy of Miranda Stohl

Artwork by Miranda and Malachi Stohl. Photo courtesy of Miranda Stohl Kayla Desroches/KMXT First Friday today brings with it another round of local talent, and that includes a couple who turns metal scraps into word art. Miranda Stohl explains she and her husband search the junk yard for unique car hoods and doors, wash them, and cut them into their ... Read More »

Assembly Votes Down Building Code Exemptions

Members of the public at the beginning of the regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Members of the public at the beginning of the regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the community filled the room at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last night, and the majority of those to speak to the assembly would comment on possible building code exemptions. The borough assembly has been considering those exemptions as a way ... Read More »

Scavenging Eagles and the Danger Downtown


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Eagles often hang around downtown in the winter to scour for food. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Bird biologist Robin Corcoran says the eagles travel from the chillier Kenai Peninsula during the cold months, and this year’s dropping temperatures means the island may be a popular location this year. However, the eagle’s scavenging also puts it at risk. That’s ... Read More »

Details on Relief Funds for Pink Salmon Disaster Declaration Still Foggy


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon season in the Gulf of Alaska was recently declared a fishery disaster, and Representative Louise Stutes stood behind the declaration when local governments were writing to Governor Bill Walker to send it through to the federal government. The declaration puts communities in line to receive relief funds, but congress needs to approve the granting process, ... Read More »

Safety Issues Major Concern in Building Code Exemptions


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fire and rescue service employees are concerned about how relaxing building codes for certain homes in the borough may affect the public’s safety. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is considering the exemption of some single-family residences from the building code. Last summer the borough switched from the 2012 international residential code to the 1997 uniform building code, a ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Alutiiq Language Documentary and Young Life


A documentary crew just visited Kodiak and dropped by KMXT to talk about a documentary that’s been five years in the making. “Keep Talking” investigates the Alutiiq language learning scene in Kodiak and the language revitalization efforts here on the island. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches sat down with director Karen Weinberg and members of her team for this week’s Talk of ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Executive Director Leaving for Lower 48


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum executive director is moving to the Lower 48, and the museum is now searching for a person to fill her place. Tiffany Brunson joined the staff in 2012, and before that had worked as a historic archaeologist for various federal agencies. “An historic archaeologist is an archeologist, so someone who investigates the cultural material of ... Read More »

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