Author Archives: Mitch Borden

A New Tobacco Tax May Be Coming To Kodiak

(Photo: Raul Lieberwirth) Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is exploring new ways to raise funds. In a recent meeting, they discussed a proposed tobacco tax. There’s been a decrease in state and federal funding to the borough, so they need to find other ways to generate revenue. This tax would charge around $1 per pack of cigarettes and 45% of ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Discusses Raising Surcharges for Local 911 Services

Photo: Mitch Borden/KMXT Mitch Borden/KMXT Being able to call 911 in an emergency can be life or death. But this vital service doesn’t come without a cost. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed this issue at last night’s regular meeting. The assembly considered a resolution to increase the surcharge the Borough levies on phone lines to support the local enhanced ... Read More »

Local Musician Works to Honor Fishermen

(photo: Krimson) Mitch Borden/KMXT One local musician is using her music to highlight her home and some issues facing her community. Kodiak is known for a lot of things. Large bears, great fishing, and majestic scenes that populate the trails that crisscross the island. What may surprise some is that it’s also home to a musician who’s trying to communicate ... Read More »

Assessments of Rural Tribal Courts to be Conducted

This image has been cropped.(photo: PRSA-NY) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently awarded a contract to the company Kadiak. The agreement is to provide assessments of tribal courts in rural Alaskan communities. Kadiak is a subsidiary of Kodiak’s regional Native Corporation, Koniag. According to Gordon Pullar Jr, Kadiak’s President, for the first year of their contract Kadiak will ... Read More »

Chum Salmon Surge Into Kodiak Rivers

Cold Bay, AK (Photo: K. Mueller, USFWS) Mitch Borden/KMXT This past weekend the Inner Kitoi Bay in Afognak was open briefly for the commercial fishing of Chum salmon. Over the weekend, fishermen gathered at Kitoi Bay in Afognak for the launch of a flare. It marked the opening of the Inner Kitoi Bay section for commercial chum salmon fishing and ... Read More »

Conference Held in Kodiak to Promote Tribal Conservation Districts

View from the Near Island Bridge. Photo: Mitch Borden Mitch Borden/KMXT The Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance held a regional conference in Kodiak recently. Organizers flew in to promote local communities coming together to preserve their natural resources. It’s the last day of the Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance Regional Conference in Kodiak. Attendees and organizers are sitting in a conference room ... Read More »

Rescue Swimmers Grant Boy’s Wish

(Far left) Petty Officer 1st Class Keola Marfil and (far right) honorary Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Bishop. Photo: Meredith Manning/USCG Mitch Borden/KMXT Recently, the rescue swimmers of Air Station Kodiak made a young boy’s dream come true. Andrew Bishop, an 8 year old from Woodland, WA qualified to have his wish to become a Coast Guard rescue swimmer granted ... Read More »

Kodiak’s City Council Discusses the Near Island Development Plan

Mitch Borden/KMXT A representative of DOWL engineering presented an update on the Near Island Development Plan to the Kodiak City Council at last night’s work session. DOWL gave them a general overview of the plan including how it began, the process it’s gone through, and its recommended land usage plan. Once the presentation was finished, the council began their discussion ... Read More »

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