Author Archives: Mitch Borden

Alaska Municipal League holds annual conference in Anchorage

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Alaska Municipal League, also called AML, held its annual conference last week in Anchorage. Members of both the Kodiak City Council and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly attended. Pat Branson is the mayor of the city of Kodiak. She was among the officials from the Kodiak archipelago who attended this year’s Alaska Municipal League’s annual conference. She ... Read More »

Brother Francis Shelter opens its doors to the community for a Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving turkey being cooked. (Photo by Daniel Spiess/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Since the Brother Francis Shelter opened its doors in 1991, it’s served a Thanksgiving meal for Kodiak’s homeless. Monte Hawver, the shelter’s director,  says the food can differ a little bit year to year, but it’s usually typical Thanksgiving fare. “There’s always the staples, you know. Turkey and pumpkin pie ... Read More »

Coast Guard medevaced a man from a ship 200 miles south of Cold Bay

MH-60 Jayhawk parked in Cold Bay. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard) Mitch Borden On November 16th, the 1200 foot motor-vessel Maersk Eindhoven asked the Coast Guard for help. One of its crewmembers was having cardiac issues and needed to be transported to medical care. The Coast Guard Launched an MH-60 Jayhawk with an aircrew from its ... Read More »

Local students get to snack on fresh fruit because of a federal program

An assortment of fruits and vegetables. (Photo courtesy of Honolulu Media/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District provides a variety of healthy snacks to some of its students through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Like: “Bananas, or apples, or oranges, or pears, or grapes, or cherries, or strawberries, we’ve had snap peas before.” Leon Wallace, the district’s ... Read More »

Recently, Larsen Bay students got to learn about the inner workings of boats from a special piece of equipment

The 600 lb Vessel Systems Trainer. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT Understanding how to maintain and fix a boat is an important skill to have in many rural communities in the Kodiak Archipelago. Kodiak College is able to bring a variety of classes to villages in the region focusing on improving resident’s mechanical skills. Recently, for the first time, ... Read More »

Seafood industry representatives come to Kodiak to learn leadership skills

Students learning how to make pink salmon sausage. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT Seafood industry professionals gathered in Kodiak for the Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute. They came to learn valuable skills and information that may help some move up the ladder and be more successful in their careers. When he first started working in the seafood industry over ... Read More »

A new company will provide support services to U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak

Aircrew works on HC-130H Hercules. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Peter Reft/ Airforce) Mitch Borden/KMXT U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak is changing its provider of base operational support services. The base has worked with Kodiak Support Services, which is run by Natives of Kodiak, for the past 11 years according to a Coast Guard press release. But it’s now in ... Read More »

Coast Guard transports injured fisherman to St.Paul

MH-60 Jayhawk parked in Cold Bay. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard) Mitch Borden/KMXT Last week, the Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel about 260 miles north of Cold Bay in 20 mph winds and 10 foot seas.  A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and its crew deployed from the Coast Guard forward operating base in ... Read More »

Local fishermen may soon be able to sell fish from their boats

Fishing fishing boats moored in Kodiak. ( Photo by James Brookes/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its last regular meeting, the Kodiak city council advanced an ordinance, that would allow fishermen to sell their catch to customers directly from their vessels, to its second reading. If passed the ordinance would allow the harbormaster to issue permits to fishermen that’d let them sell ... Read More »

Kodiak City Council Raises Sales Tax Cap

Kodiak city council deliberating. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting on Thursday night, the Kodiak city council heard testimony from community members on whether it should or shouldn’t raise the city’s sales tax cap from $750 to $3,000. And then voted on it. For months, the Kodiak city council has been discussing raising the city’s maximum ... Read More »

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