Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Girl Scouts Program Encourages Girls in Science and Math

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Part of the effort to get girls interested in science and math is making opportunities available to them. This Friday, the Girl Scouts of Alaska will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – program at Kodiak College. Billeen Carlson is the Girl Scouts’ Member Services and Program Specialist for Kodiak, Prince William Sound, and ... Read More »

City Council Hears from Nonprofits on Grant Applications

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council discussed grant money and met with nonprofit representatives at last night’s work session. Two of the organizations present were the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Councilmembers sat with groups’ grant applications in front of them and asked questions pertaining to the requests. Bill Morrow from the American Red Cross stepped up first. ... Read More »

Green City: Kodiak’s New Crane Will Be Sustainable


New crane arriving in Kodiak. Photo by Carl Royall Kayla Desroches/KMXT A new gantry crane arriving in Kodiak this week will not only replace its aging predecessor, but also fit into Kodiak’s plan of renewable energy. The majority of Kodiak’s isolated grid system relies on hydroelectricity with support from wind power, and less than 1 percent of that energy comes ... Read More »

Assembly Clarifies Subsistence and Rural Status Act

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A bill that would leave the final word on rural versus urban status up to Congress has been bouncing around the Kodiak Island Borough and the Kodiak City Council this summer. Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced the Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015, and many different groups have expressed concern that it would remove power from a local level. ... Read More »

Assembly Moves Forward on Mobile Home Ordinances

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly moved forward on several ordinances to assist Jackson Mobile Home Park residents in moving their trailers by the park’s closing date. One issue that residents face is where to store their homes until they relocate or find another option. The first ordinance on the agenda addressed the issue of storage. Borough Community Development ... Read More »

Special Olympics Athlete Returns Home to Fanfare


Brittany Tregarthen and Dan Canavan. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT One local athlete has returned victorious to Kodiak Island. 27-year-old Brittany Tregarthen represented the United States in powerlifting at this year’s Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. She went from winning gold on the state level to earning recognition on the world level. And with so many competitors from around ... Read More »

The U.S. Coast Guard Turns 225


PBY-5A Catalina in Alaska, 1943. Via Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Today is the 225th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. And to celebrate that event, the new commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak, Captain Mark Morin, joined KMXT to talk about Coast Guard history and his experiences in Kodiak. He says he started in his current position this June, but ... Read More »

Drums of Waste Dumped Around Kodiak Island


Picture of one of the drums. Via a post by Jennifer Culbertson on Friends of Kodiak/Facebook Kayla Desroches/KMXT Someone has dumped drums of hazardous waste in the Buskin River State Park. That’s according to Preston Kroes, an Alaska State Park Ranger, who says they discovered two 55-gallon containers last month. “Either sometime over the night on July 12 or early ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Gives Priority to Four Vital Nonprofits in Grant Discussion

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Discussion about nonprofit grant money dominated the first part of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s work session last Thursday night. Assemblymembers evaluated the spreadsheet of possible grants with the new budget in mind and Assemblyman Larry LeDoux expressed concern about agencies’ shrinking funds. “We see some very critical institutions that serve health and safety in our community being ... Read More »

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