Author Archives: Kayla Desroches

Borough Assembly Establishes Lands Committee, Approves Hiring of New Borough Employee

Kayla Desroches/KMXT At its regular meeting last night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed approving nonprofit grants, hiring a resource management officer, and establishing a lands committee. Borough manager Bud Cassidy says the committee would be a borough standing committee and it would… “…assist and identify creative and workable solutions to ongoing and emerging issues in the selection, acquisition management ... Read More »

NOAA Declares “Unusual Mortality Event” for Whale Deaths


Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay. Via NOAA Kayla Desroches/KMXT The carcasses of thirty whales that have stranded along the Gulf of Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula have puzzled scientists since the first discoveries this May, and now NOAA is giving the cases “unusual mortality event” status. That means that the stranding event is unexpected, involves ... Read More »

Thoughts from the Public Hearing on the Expansion of the Near Island Quarry

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last night at its monthly regular meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough Zoning and Planning Commission discussed a conditional use permit application from the city to expand the quarry on Near Island. The city realized after the fact that the quarry is being built into the conservation zoning district, and the application is part of the process to fix ... Read More »

Planning and Zoning Commission to Discuss Several Conditional Use Permit Applications

Kayla Desroches/KXMT The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission will hold its monthly regular meeting tonight to talk about adding additional lots to Rasmussen’s Mobile Home Park and the expansion of the quarry on Near Island, among other topics of discussion. Bob Pederson is the community development director for the Kodiak Island Borough and says there will be three ... Read More »

Historic Alutiiq Kayak To Return to Alaska


Staff at the Peabody Museum sorround the kayak. Via the Alutiiq Museum and Archaelogical Repository Kayla Desroches/KMXT A rare kayak will be sailing into Kodiak – sealed and crated securely on a barge – thanks to a grant the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository just received. Right now, the kayak is in Massachusetts at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and ... Read More »

Science and Math Camp Encourages Alaska Native Students to Excel


ANSEP building in Anchorage. Via Kayla Desroches/KMXT A science and math camp aims to reach out to Alaska Native students and encourage them to craft, calculate, and compete. The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is organized with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, and puts kids to work on everything from spacecrafts to computers. This ... Read More »

Kodiak City Council Moves Forward on Pathway Planning

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council talked grants and pathway planning at its regular meeting last night. City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski explained the available funds that the Council had at its disposal when deciding how much money nonprofits should receive. “This year, that amount is $149,900,” she said. “This year, the city received 23 applications. They were all complete. They ... Read More »

Girl Scouts Program Encourages Girls in Science and Math

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Part of the effort to get girls interested in science and math is making opportunities available to them. This Friday, the Girl Scouts of Alaska will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – program at Kodiak College. Billeen Carlson is the Girl Scouts’ Member Services and Program Specialist for Kodiak, Prince William Sound, and ... Read More »

City Council Hears from Nonprofits on Grant Applications

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council discussed grant money and met with nonprofit representatives at last night’s work session. Two of the organizations present were the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Councilmembers sat with groups’ grant applications in front of them and asked questions pertaining to the requests. Bill Morrow from the American Red Cross stepped up first. ... Read More »

Green City: Kodiak’s New Crane Will Be Sustainable


New crane arriving in Kodiak. Photo by Carl Royall Kayla Desroches/KMXT A new gantry crane arriving in Kodiak this week will not only replace its aging predecessor, but also fit into Kodiak’s plan of renewable energy. The majority of Kodiak’s isolated grid system relies on hydroelectricity with support from wind power, and less than 1 percent of that energy comes ... Read More »

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