Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Borough Assembly Renews Recycling Contract, Moves Forward on Village Metal Removal Project

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island is a hub for sustainability and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed one project at last night’s regular meeting that aims to continue that way of life. The Coastal Impact Assistance Program Grant Village Metals Project is an initiative to remove metal debris and hazardous waste from villages around Kodiak. Bill Roberts, acting in place of ... Read More »

Borough / City Joint Work Session One of Many Meetings on Jackson’s Park Zoning Code

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The joint work session between the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council last night promises to be the first of a series of meetings about the Jackson’s Mobile Home Park closure and related code. Jackson’s Park falls outside city limits and one of the joint session’s purposes was for the borough to update the city ... Read More »

Sockeye Catch Low, With Hope for Future Salmon Runs


Sockeye salmon. Flickr/Jimmerman Fish Kayla Desroches/KMXT This season’s salmon catch numbers are low across the state, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Todd Andersen is an Assistant Area Biologist in Kodiak and says the sockeye salmon catches are less than expected. “We woulda thought we had a good run coming there, but the fishing has been relatively ... Read More »

Jackson’s Park on Agenda at Tonight’s Joint Session

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Jackson’s Mobile Home Park continues to be a point of discussion with local government, and the Kodiak City Council and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will tackle it again at a joint work session tonight. While Borough Manager Bud Cassidy was not available for comment, Bill Roberts is administrative officer for the Kodiak Island Borough and says the ... Read More »

Novel “Afognak” Unfolds on Kodiak Island


James Rains, author of “Afognak.” Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak is the star of a new novel. Author James Rains recently released “Afognak” with publisher Beaver’s Pond Press, and the thriller follows a doctor and other survivors after a virus hits the island. Rains says he worked in Kodiak for a year at the police department and based characters on ... Read More »

City Council to Repair Mill Bay Road, Postpones Subsistence Act Resolution

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council touched on Senator Murkowski’s rural status and subsistence bill last night at its regular meeting among other items of new business, including a contract with Brechan Enterprises. On the agenda was the resolution to support the Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015, which would leave urban versus rural community status up to the United ... Read More »

Sun’aq Tribe and Native Village of Afognak Meet with Navy Representatives

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Sun’aq Tribe and the Native Village of Afognak met with military representatives the day after a forum where the Navy assured the public it would not use all the weaponry and technology approved in its environmental impact statement for the training between June 15 and 26. Tom Lance, the Sun’aq Tribe’s Natural Resources Director, says at that ... Read More »

Dig Afognak’s Harvesting Camp Starts Friday


Afognak Island coastline. Via Wikipedia Kayla Desroches/KMXT A cultural education camp for youth starts up on Afognak Island this Friday. Dig Afognak gives Native Alaskan children from ages 9 to 14 the chance to participate in four themes over four weeks. Melissa Borton is the tribal administrator for the Native Village of Afognak and says this coming week is harvesting ... Read More »

Invasive Species Awareness Week: Hawkweed Edition


Orange hawkweed behind the KMXT office. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT If you’re a gardener or just a fan of plants, you’re probably familiar with some of Kodiak’s weeds. Sunday marked the beginning of Invasive Species Awareness week in Alaska and the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation Distric t’s Project Coordinator, Blythe Brown, says we planted seeds for a lot of ... Read More »

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