Author Archives: Mitch Borden

Old Harbor Residents Discuss How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Mitch Borden/KMXT A meeting was recently held in Old Harbor to examine ways the community can prepare for natural disasters. Jim Cedeno is an emergency manager and hazard mitigation officer working in Old Harbor. He organized the meeting. Cedeno’s designing a Hazard Mitigation Plan in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Old Harbor Tribal Council. “I’m looking at the ... Read More »

Assembly Candidate Profile: Julie Kavanaugh

Julie Kavanaugh (Photo courtesy of Julie Kavanaugh) 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’s Mitch Borden sat down with Julie Kavanaugh. The reason Julie Kavanaugh wants ... Read More »

Parents Turnout to Talk About How Kodiak Students Are Graded

Homework (Photo by Bertram Nudelbach/flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District held a public forum last night to hear if parents want to change the way some students are graded. Melissa Haffeman, the principal of Kodiak Middle School helped moderate the discussion. She says, 6th through 12th grade students are currently assessed on a 0 to 4 scale ... Read More »

Koniag Gets a New President

Mitch Borden/KMXT Shauna Hegna became Koniag, Inc.’s new president at the beginning of September after its former president and CEO, Elizabeth Perry, announced she’d be resigning. Hegna is originally from Port Lions and was Koniag’s executive vice president of shareholder services and lands management. She loved rolling up her sleeves and serving Koniag shareholders in that position, but as president ... Read More »

Council Declares September Senior Center Month

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak City Council honored Senior Citizens of Kodiak Incorporated, the local senior center, last night at its regular meeting by proclaiming September Senior Center Month. Mayor Pat Branson smiled as she presented a copy of the proclamation to David Blacketer, the president of Senior Citizens of Kodiak’s board of directors. Applause followed Blacketer as he made his ... Read More »

Kodiak Fisheries Could be Threatened by a Proposition Submitted to the Alaska Board of Fisheries

Fishing boat going out to sea. (Photo: Gruscana/ Oscar’s Dock and Boats of Kodiak/flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT A recent proposal to the Alaska Board of Fisheries asks it to limit the amount of salmon fisherman can catch in the Kodiak area. That’s according to Heather McCarty, the fisheries analyst for the City of Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Borough. At a ... Read More »

Silver Salmon are Bigger Than Normal This Year

Spawning Silver Salmon (Photo: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington/flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Silver Salmon are spawning all across Kodiak. Its looking like a pretty normal year for the cohos, except they’re coming in especially big and strong.  Silver salmon are currently filling Kodiak’s waters, but according to James Jackson, a commercial salmon area management biologist for the Alaska Department ... Read More »

Koniag’s CEO is Resigning

Mitch Borden/KMXT Elizabeth Perry will resign as the Chief Executive Officer of Koniag Incorporated this December. According to a Koniag press release, she’s taken a position at a nonprofit in the southwest, which will allow her to be closer to family Perry says,  “Leaving Koniag is bittersweet as its employees and shareholders have become my second family over my nearly ... Read More »

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