Author Archives: Mitch Borden

Borough assembly fails to renew its contract with the city of Kodiak for 911 services.

Kodiak Island Borough deliberates during its regular meeting. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting on Thursday (02/01), the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly failed to renew a contract with the city of Kodiak. The agreement was for the city to provide 911 services to some of the region if the borough collects a surcharge on phone lines within its ... Read More »

Kodiak’s Mayor testifies before Senate committee

Pat Branson testifying before the Senate committee. (Screenshot from Senate hearing by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The U.S. Senate committee on energy and natural resources held a hearing on natural disasters earlier this week (1/30). The city of Kodiak’s mayor Pat Branson was a part of a six-person panel and testified on the city’s recent tsunami scare. Alaska Senator Lisa ... Read More »

Council gives thumbs up to budget guidelines

The City of Kodiak sign at the Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak City Council approved its budget guidelines for the fiscal year 2019 at its last regular meeting on Thursday(1/25). The guidelines do not directly affect the city financially, but they do tell city staff how the council wants them to form the ... 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 On Sunday morning(1/28), a Coast Guard aircrew flew an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter 70 miles west of Cold Bay to medevac a 59-year-old man from the fishing vessel Ocean Rover.  The aircrew and helicopter were forward deployed to Cold Bay from air station Kodiak. ... Read More »

State honors Judge Roy Madsen

Roy Madsen. (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT Governor Bill Walker has ordered all Alaska state flags be flown at half-staff today to honor Kodiak’s Judge Roy Madsen who passed away on December 26th. He was 94. Madsen was the first Alaskan Native to become an Alaska superior ... Read More »

The borough assembly discusses increasing its mill rate

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed raising the region’s mill rate at its latest work session(1/25). The possible increase would support a request for more funding by the borough’s school district. The district’s asked for around $1.5 million more than last year. It’s too early to know for certain how much the borough mill rate would go up ... Read More »

Kodiak bans plastic shopping bags

Single-use plastic shopping bags on the street. (Photo by Velkr0/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting on Thursday (1/26), the Kodiak city council voted to ban the distribution of single-use disposable plastic shopping bags by retailers within the city limits. This ban will not embargo the use of all plastic bags, but the kind given out at grocery stores that are ... Read More »

Communication was limited in Akhiok during tsunami warning

Akhiok doesn’t have cell phone service, which proved problematic recently. (Photo by Anthony Farris/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Recently, in the city of Kodiak, leaders from the region’s rural communities discussed they face at the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum. The talks turned towards how communities reacted to the tsunami warning that affected many of Alaska’s coastal communities early Tuesday morning. ... Read More »

Main Elementary welcomes new students

Mitch Borden/KMXT Main Elementary School is growing. That’s what the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Board of Education heard at its regular meeting on Monday (1/22) from Main’s principal, Angela Chervenak. She says it’s common for the school to get more students at the beginning of the new year, and 2018 is no different. So far, the elementary school’s welcomed ... Read More »

Kodiak residents wake up to tsunami sirens after earthquake

People seek shelter during a tsunami warning. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT A strong earthquake shook Alaska in the middle of the night. Coastal communities were issued a tsunami warning soon after. People in Kodiak rushed to get to higher ground as quickly as possible. A peaceful night in Kodiak was shattered by the howl of tsunami sirens after a ... Read More »

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