Author Archives: Mitch Borden

The Borough Assembly Postpones Deciding if it Should Create a New Zoning District

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly may create a new zoning district, which could make more housing options available. At its regular meeting last week, the assembly held a public hearing for an ordinance that’d make residential small lot single-family districts possible. The new district would allow the development of small parcels of land for single family homes. After ... Read More »

The Borough Assembly Passes the “Chicken Ordinance”

Chickens milling about. Keith Miller/flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting last night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed an ordinance that’ll allow certain livestock to be raised in residential areas. This ordinance is commonly referred to as the “chicken ordinance.” A main topic of discussion was a proposed amendment, to the resolution, that’d require livestock be enclosed by electric ... Read More »

Ahkiok is Getting a new 100,000-Gallon Water Tank

100,000-gallon fresh water tank. Dan McCoy/Mayor of Akhiok Mitch Borden/KMXT The community of Akhiok is almost done replacing and improving parts of the system that delivers its water. The city of Akhiok is getting a new 100,000-gallon fresh water storage tank. It’s the final piece in an effort to make sure the community has a safe and reliable water source, ... Read More »

Proposed Amendment to The “Chicken Ordinance” Would Require Electric Fencing

Chicken in a pen. Christopher Penn/Flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT The resolution known as the “Chicken Ordinance” will be open for its public hearing at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting Thursday. One of the topics up for discussion is a proposed amendment that’d require electric fences enclose livestock in residential areas to deter bears. Larry Van Daele, a former biologist ... Read More »

Assembly Candidate: Don Roberts

Mitch Borden/KMXT There are eight people running for the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly this year. To help our listeners get to know the candidates, KMXT will be airing profiles of them every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the election. KMXT sat down with Don Roberts to talk about why he thinks he should be on the borough assembly. Don ... Read More »

Russian River Flooding is Affecting Kodiak Residents

Leta Street flooded by the Russian River. Andrew Finke Mitch Borden/KMXT The Russian River flooded last week in Kodiak leaving some residents scrambling to address the damage. KMXT went to down to the water’s edge and has the story. Larry Evans woke up in the middle of the night and thought he should throw another log into his wood stove. ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Discusses Funding Criteria for Nonprofits

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got a little bit closer to finalizing its small competitive nonprofit grants scoring criteria at its work session last night. The proposed policy change would allow the assembly to rank different aspects of organizations applying for small grants, helping it choose who gets funds. In the past, there has been no such system. ... Read More »

A Surprising Amount of Pink Salmon are Filling Kodiak’s Waters

K.Mueller/USFWS/Flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT Kodiak fishermen are having a great pink salmon season compared to last year’s run. There are not only plenty of fish, but the run’s lasting longer than expected. There are a lot of pink salmon surging into Kodiak’s rivers right now, which is weird. James Jackson, a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says ... Read More »

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