Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Concern for Children Common Theme in Marijuana Public Comment

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Marijuana strain in California. Dank Depot /Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A number of community members stepped up at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting Thursday to speak on the commercialization of marijuana in the borough. One common theme was concern about how marijuana businesses will affect children. Here are some excerpts.    At the regular meeting, the assembly passed an ... Read More »

Borough Manager Sits in on Last KIB Assembly Meeting

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Borough Manager Bud Cassidy attended his last Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting Thursday, although not in the capacity of borough manager. Borough assessor Bill Roberts will fill that role while the assembly interviews potential applicants to replace Cassidy, who handed in his 90-day notice in December. Cassidy had been serving in the position until just recently, and ... Read More »

KIB Assembly Agrees to One-Year Opt-Out and Task Force

Kayla Desroches and Jay Barrett/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted five-to-two Thursday night to opt out of commercializing marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the archipelago for one year as a task force studies the issue. The one-year ban, and any subsequent borough actions, have no effect inside Kodiak City limits, or inside any of the other incorporated communities ... Read More »

Trashy Salmon Pop Up Around Town

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Trash can with Watchman label. Photo Courtesy of Bruce Schactler Kayla Desroches/KMXT The next time you walk into a Kodiak business, you may notice a flailing salmon out of the corner of your eye. That’s one image that now decorates trashcans around town. It’s part of fisherman Bruce Schactler’s plan to turn historic canning labels into beautiful garbage cans – ... Read More »

Kodiak Resident Appointed Interim Deputy Commissioner of Alaska Department of Education

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT A long-time Kodiak resident and former school administrator recently stepped into the position of Interim Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Betty Walters began her new set of responsibilities Wednesday. Walters, who is originally from New York City, served as a school administrator in the Kodiak Island Borough School District for more than ... Read More »

“Music Man” Cast Provides Insight on Timeless Story

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An eclectic cast of children and adults will bring “The Music Man” to the Kodiak stage starting this Saturday. The musical is about Harold Hill, the bamboozling, lovable fraud who enters a small town in Iowa promising a revolutionary boy’s band. And it’s about all the people he impacts. Mark Anderson, who plays Harold, says the Music Man ... Read More »

This Weekend, Shoppers Get a Break from Sales Tax

Kayla Desroches/KMXT This weekend, Kodiak residents will be able to shop without the extra cost of sales tax. Sales Tax Free Day means patrons will save 7 percent on retail purchases, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trevor Brown says that discount applies to everything from clothing to gas. He says it’s also a good time for people to make ... Read More »

Trump Wins Kodiak District on Super Tuesday

Kayla Desroches/KMXT While Ted Cruz won the State of Alaska’s vote on Super Tuesday, the majority of Kodiak Republicans who turned up to vote at the Presidential Preference Poll decided Donald Trump is the leading candidate. Ten percent of Kodiak’s registered Republicans went downtown to voice their opinions and, out of that, 101 people registered as Republicans at the same ... Read More »

Fighting for Library Program in Face of Cuts

Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO Alaskans giving public testimony this week on the House’s budget proposal oppose cuts to many areas. The Republican-led majority released a budget this week that included $145 million more in cuts than Governor Bill Walker’s budget. It would reduce spending on everything from public libraries to senior benefits. Roughly 100 people testified Monday and Tuesday on the budget. ... Read More »

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