Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Drabek Appointed to Indigenous Seat on Alaska Historical Commission

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Historical Commission will now have a representative from Kodiak to help form policy when it comes to Alaska’s history.   Alisha Drabek is the Senior Vice President of Community and Government Affairs at the Afognak Native Corporation, and Governor Bill Walker recently appointed her to fill the indigenous seat on the Alaska Historical Commission after the ... Read More »

Senator Murkowski Offers Amendment to Expand Terror Lake Hydroelectric Facility

Kayla Desroches/KMXT United States Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska stood before the Senate Tuesday and spoke in favor of hydropower as an energy resource. The talk was part of Murkowski’s representation of a bipartisan bill, called the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which according to Murkowski is the first energy bill the Senate has debated in more than eight years. Murkowski ... Read More »

First Friday Art Walk Artist: Susan Bradshaw


Octopus suncatcher by Bradshaw. Photo courtesy of Bradshaw and Woven Time Kayla Desroches/KMXT One featured artist on the First Friday Art Walk crafts marine creatures out of glass – orange octopuses with dotted white suckers along curled limbs, green trout with brown stripes along their sides, and blue and yellow tuna. Those are just some of the suncatcher designs by ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Marijuana Control Board

On today’s Talk of the Rock, you’ll listen to the question and answer portion of a presentation on the budding marijuana industry in Alaska.  Last week, the Director of the Alcoholic Beverage and Marijuana Control Boards, Cynthia Franklin, dropped by Kodiak to give the Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly an update on the marijuana control board and ... Read More »

Get Your Art Fix at February’s First Friday Art Walk

Kayla Desroches/KMXT With some careful planning, you may fit all of this month’s First Friday Art Walk events into one night. What’s the first step in achieving that goal? Making sure you can leave your workplace or classroom by 5 o’clock. That’s when Kodiak Art Council program coordinator, Erin Starr-Hollow, says exhibits open. “We have the altered book art show ... Read More »

Speakers on Fiscal Crisis Advise: Do Something This Year


From left to right, Diane Kaplan, Pat Pitney, and Greg Chapados. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the community gathered in the Kodiak convention center Saturday to hear a community presentation on the state’s fiscal crisis. Various local groups organized the event, including Koniag and the City of Kodiak, and speakers came to educate the crowd on current economic issues and the ... Read More »

Community Presentation to Address State’s Fiscal Crisis

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local organizations and governing bodies including Koniag and the City of Kodiak will hold a State of the Alaska State Budget community presentation Saturday. Guest speakers will talk about the state’s fiscal crisis and the options ahead. Stacy Simmons, the office director for Koniag Incorporated, says Governor Walker met with Alaska Native leadership when he visited Kodiak to ... Read More »

City Council Adopts Code Changes on Downtown Harassment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT At the Kodiak City Council’s regular meeting last night, the council adopted an ordinance to make it easier for the Kodiak Police Department to control harassment downtown. Pedestrians and business owners in the area have complained about members of the transient population loitering and harassing passerby. City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski explained the need for the changes to city ... Read More »

Director of Marijuana Control Board Explains Regulations


Legal marijuana plant in Colorado. Brett Levin/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT If Kodiak residents have a strong opinion about marijuana businesses in the city and villages, it’s time to start voicing it. Next month, the Marijuana Control Board will start accepting applications for marijuana business licenses. At the Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s joint work session last night, Cindy ... Read More »

Downtown Harrasment Code Changes Enter Second Reading

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council will hold a regular meeting Thursday night, and one of the items on the agenda is the second reading and public hearing of an ordinance that would help the Kodiak Police Department to deal with members of the transient population downtown. The city has been reworking the code in order to allow the Kodiak ... Read More »

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