Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Art Exhibit Features Relationship Between Alaskans and Salmon

Deborah Bitanga. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A multimedia art exhibit Thursday night encouraged discussion about the relationships between Alaskans and salmon. The Baranov Museum displayed the locally-made photographs and art pieces via projector. Local Deborah Bitanga was among the featured artists. She completed her drawing as part of Washington University’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. She ... Read More »

This Week: A Wild Reunion for the Wild Wild West of Kodiak

The Beachcombers nightclub. (Courtesy of Beachcombers 25th Reunion organizers.) Kayla Desroches/KMXT This week, locals will celebrate a piece of Kodiak’s wild past. They’ll observe the 25th anniversary of the infamous Beachcombers nightclub. The Beachcombers has had a number of forms through the years. It opened in 1957 and reopened a second time after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami wiped out ... Read More »

Department Releases More Detail About Cook Inlet Fish in Kodiak Waters

Sockeye salmon in Chugach. (Photo by USDA Forest Service Alaska Region.) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A genetic study that’s sparked a Cook Inlet claim on sockeye salmon in Kodiak waters is now a little bit more specific. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game published an addendum to that document on Monday. Nick Sagalkin, ADF & G’s regional supervisor for the Westward ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Alaska Salmon Fellows

On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with writer and historian Anjuli Grantham about the Alaska Salmon Fellows, a group of Alaskans addressing fishing industry issues and discussing solutions. Also, Baranov Museum executive director Sarah Harrington will talk about the museum’s upcoming art night featuring outdoor projections about salmon. One artist, Deborah Bitanga, explains her piece and ... Read More »

Earthquake Boat Exhibit Almost Complete

The Thelma C. (Photo courtesy of Kodiak Maritime Museum Thelma C Collection) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Construction of the new Kodiak Maritime Museum outdoor exhibit is almost complete at the Spit downtown. Museum executive director Toby Sullivan says workers will soon set up a steel frame to hold the vessel Thelma C, which the museum rebuilt and restored in 2012. He says ... Read More »

Good Salmon Season Means Good Business for Larsen Bay Store

Groceries. (Photo by David Mulder / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The success of Larsen Bay’s seasonal cannery store, Larsen Bay Mercantile, often depends on trends in the salmon season. The better the season, the better the business, says owner Mark Thissen. “For example, comparing with last year where the salmon catch was quite small, you can see it reflected in sales ... Read More »

Arctic Nations Tour Microgrids, Exchange Green Energy Knowledge

Volcanic area of Krafla in Northern Iceland. Iceland uses hot springs like this one for its geothermal energy.(Photo by Fougerouse Arnaud / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A program is leading representatives of Arctic nations to Alaska, Canada, Iceland, and Greenland to look at the microgrids in remote communities. The Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy, or ARENA, is in the middle of ... Read More »

Students Document Family Stories

(left to right) Student Anielys Varga, Baranov Museum curator of education Natalie Trenery, student David Castro, and Deborah Bitanga, who’s helping out on the intensive. (Photo by Kayla Dersoches / KMXT) A group of students recently created short documentaries telling the stories of how their families came to Kodiak. The Baranov Museum partnered with St. Mary’s Middle School on the ... Read More »

Set Designers Guide Stage Transformation

Carrie Pigage (left) and Anda Saylor (right) painting an early 1960s Manhattan scene for the community production “It Happens Every Summer.” (Photo by Kodiak Arts Council) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Arts Council invited a father-daughter team into Kodiak this week to lead a community theater set design workshop. They conducted the class Sunday and, for the rest of this week, ... Read More »

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