Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

This Saturday: Color, Sound, and Dance


Photo of the fire dance from rehearsal of The Secret Garden. Photo by Mary Beth Loewen Kayla Desroches/KMXT If you like ballet, dancing in general, or at least cute children running around on stage, you’re in for a treat this weekend. The Little School of Dance will put on their version of The Secret Garden, based on the novel by ... Read More »

Crafters Carve Kodiak History


CJ Christiansen (right) and Mitch Keplinger discuss what to do next on their angyaq. (Photo by Kayla Desroches) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat that was commonly used on the island in the 19th century, but hasn’t been built on the island for many years. Alutiiq people once used the angyaq to travel over long ... Read More »

First Cruise Ship of Season Arrives in Kodiak


A picture of tourists receiving food as part of the Russian Traditions tour in Kodiak. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Yesterday morning, the first cruise ship of the season docked in Kodiak and tourists flocked to the nearest attractions. Alaska draws tourists from all over the world with its scenery, its hikes, and its wildlife, but also with its media coverage. ... Read More »

Class Trains Fishermen to be Drill Conductors

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fishermen who want to be prepared for rough waters, maydays, and emergencies may want to take a two-day course in Kodiak. Today and Wednesday, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer free classes to train commercial fishermen as Drill Conductors. This would allow skippers, owners, or crewmembers to conduct the Coast-Guard-required monthly emergency and safety drills aboard ... Read More »

A Walk Through Kodiak’s Notorious Bars


  Vandergraft’s book, "A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska." Kayla Desroches/KMXT You might imagine the author of a book called “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska” would have some stories about Kodiak’s public houses – and you’d be right. Former Alaska resident Doug Vandegraft will be sharing some of those stories on a walking tour tonight. ... Read More »

Shoes and Pig Pong Balls: Storing Marine Debris in Kodiak


Picture of Island Trails Network marine debris storage yard in Buskin Valley. Photo by Tom Pogson Kayla Desroches/KMXT Walking through the beaches, you might find a pile of shoes, some scattered ping pong balls, or old fishing nets. That’s just some of the marine debris that washes up on local shores.   Some of that can come from shipping companies. ... Read More »

Kodiak Borough Assembly Talks Repurposing Old Pool Building, Fireworks

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Borough Assembly talked about the use of the old pool space and firework restrictions, among others things, at last night’s work session. The assembly has addressed the concerns about fireworks on Mission Beach and Mill Bay Beach at past meetings. It says residents have complained about the noise, but has also acknowledged that troopers do not ... Read More »

Rural Community Leaders Gather in Kodiak for Forum


A lamp lit in the conference room where the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum held a Regional Government Collaboration Worksession on Wednesday. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Leaders in communities throughout Kodiak are meeting Wednesday through Friday for the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum. Representatives attend meetings like the “Rural Education Roundtable” and “Community Safety.” Several Kodiak Borough Assembly ... Read More »

Project Slawilutiiq: Translating Russian and Alutiiq History


Members of the Slawilutiiq Project. Safronova-Simeonoff first on left and Matfay Christiansen Pestrikoff third from left. Photo by Jill HH Lipka at the Baranov Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT One Kodiak College teacher will give a lecture tonight about a linguistics project she’s been working on with a group of Alutiiq elders in Kodiak. It combines hymns, the Alutiiq language, and old ... Read More »

Culverts in Lake Orbin Tributary Near Completion


Picture from inside culvert. Photo by Blythe Brown Kayla Desroches/KMXT Juvenile salmon from Lake Orbin will soon have an easier path to the sea.                                                                             Blythe Brown is the Project Coordinator at the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District. She says they’re improving the culverts in the Lake Orbin tributary ... Read More »

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