Author Archives: Mitch Borden

A recent earthquake leaves Kodiak’s fire station damaged, but energizes efforts to replace it

Kodiak’s fire station sits at 70 feet above sea level, which is in the city’s tsunami inundation zone. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT Last month’s earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska left the city of Kodiak’s fire station shaken and cracked. It’s also stimulated the efforts to replace the building. KMXT’s Mitch Borden took a tour with Kodiak’s Fire Department ... Read More »

Kodiak students adapt to new grading system

Kodiak High School. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT For the past five years, the amount of A’s given out to Kodiak high schoolers have been on the rise, but the increase can’t completely be credited to student’s hard work. Kodiak Island Borough School District used a grading system that inflated its high marks. But earlier this school ... Read More »

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly clarifies what’s considered a conflict of interest

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly deliberating on issues facing the region. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT At the center of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussion of what constitutes a conflict of interest lies the phrase “substantial financial interest,” but neither the borough nor Alaska state law defines it. Well at least, not until last Thursday night when the ... Read More »

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly could modify conflict of interest policy

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough policy concerning conflict of interest has been discussed a lot over the past few months. Tonight, at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting some clarification may be reached on the subject. Assemblywoman Rebecca Skinner wrote an ordinance to define the term “substantial financial interest” in the borough’s code. The phrase is at the ... Read More »

Kodiak residents need to be ready for future disasters

Chief Mullican goes over Kodiak’s recent tsunami evacuation. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Local Emergency Planning Committee held its quarterly meeting yesterday. The main topic of discussion was last month’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the Gulf of Alaska. “It was registered as the tenth largest earthquake in Alaskan recorded history. So, it was a pretty ... Read More »

Coast Guard medevacs man near Cold Bay

MH-60 Jayhawk parked in Cold Bay. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard) Mitch Borden/KMXT Last Thursday morning, the captain of the fishing vessel Bering Hunter requested a medevac from the Coast Guard for a 25-year-old man on the crew. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and its crew were deployed and found the ship 60 miles southwest of Cold ... Read More »

Borough Assembly discusses hiring consultant to research consolidation

Mitch Borden/KMXT At its last work session(02/08), the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed hiring a consultant to further explore if the borough and City of Kodiak’s governments should combine. Assemblyman Kyle Crow drafted a resolution that’d direct the borough manager to begin the process of soliciting bids for the research project. He thinks it’s important to get an outsider’s perspective ... Read More »

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