Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

What’s Selling at ComFish 2016

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Many members of the fishing industry attend the ComFish fishery trade show to network and shop for gear, and on Thursday, one booth in particular drew attendees’ business. It’s a little slow in the first few hours of ComFish, but one type of item soon stands out for the people wandering the aisles. Tom Dooley says he came ... Read More »

Training Will Prepare Artists to Teach Locally

Paintbrushes. John Morgan/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT An upcoming Teaching Artist Training would certify participants to teach in local and rural schools as an artist in residence and help them to advance onto a state-wide level. It’s the fourth time the Kodiak Island Borough School District together with the Alutiiq Museum, the Arts Council, and Kodiak College have held the training, and ... Read More »

ComFish 2016 Brings Informational Talks to Town

Courtesy of ComFish 2016 and the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Kayla Desroches/KMXT The ComFish Alaska Trade Show will not only offer booths – and products for sale – but will also provide a selection of informational talks. The majority of the forums are scheduled for Friday, but there are several on Thursday, including one about the history of the seafood ... Read More »

System Trouble in Kansas Interrupts Standardized Testing in Alaska

View of the University of Kansas. Brent Flanders/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alaska educational testing system came to a halt Tuesday, when a fiber-optic cable near the University of Kansas was severed at about 1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The University of Kansas is home to AAI — the Achievement and Assessment Institute — which provides online standardized testing to school ... Read More »

Remains of Alutiiq Ancestors Begin Journey Home

Anchorage Beach on Chirikof Island looking west. (Public Domain photo by USGS) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Earlier this month, a Kodiak representative and the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to the lower 48 and reclaimed Alutiiq ancestral remains stored at Indiana University Bloomington. Professor Della Cook studied and wrote about the remains while they were at the university. The remains fall under ... Read More »

Kodiak Feels the Bern at Democratic Caucus

People gathered in Fisherman’s Hall for Democratic Caucus. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Bernie Sanders won Alaska’s Democratic Caucus this weekend, and Kodiak was definitely “feeling the Bern.” Democrats showed up in droves for the city’s democratic caucus Saturday. 201 people in all cast votes, 175 of which were for Sanders, 26 of which were for Hillary Clinton. Fisherman’s Hall is ... Read More »

Pillans Says Thunderbirds Are Go!

Kayla Desroches/KMXT From attending football camps to playing youth league, one Kodiak High School player has been preparing for college football since age nine, and now he’ll be fulfilling that dream in Mesa, Arizona, east of Phoenix. According to a Kodiak Island Borough School District press release, Kordell Pillans will be playing at Mesa Community College the next two to ... Read More »

Sanders Campaign Reaches Out to Rural Communities

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Bernie Sanders, or just “Bernie” to his fond supporters, is one of the leading presidential candidates alongside Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Democratic Caucus in Alaska, a state known to be fiercely independent with a tendency to lean towards more conservative candidates. Jill Yordy, the Alaska state coordinator for the Bernie Sanders campaign, says Sanders appeals to those ... Read More »

Clinton Campaign Emphasizes Candidate’s Stance on Alaska Issues

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns are preparing for the Alaska Democratic Caucus Saturday, and while neither candidate has dropped by Alaska for that purpose, one of them did spend a summer in the state. After college, Clinton worked at a cannery in Valdez, and according to her interview on the Today Show, the experience was full ... Read More »

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