Author Archives: Mitch Borden

Borough assembly discusses how it funds local nonprofits

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is working on revising the way it distributes funds to local nonprofit organizations. At a recent work session, the assembly discussed the nonprofits that receive large noncompetitive agency grants. This year there were five organizations that received this type of funding from the borough including the Brother Francis Shelter, Kodiak Island Food Bank, ... Read More »

The borough assembly starts 2018 by looking back at its past actions

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The Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly ended 2017 with a contentious regular meeting. Members of the diet questioned if Assemblyman Matthew Van Daele had a conflict of interest since he’s the city of Kodiak’s deputy city manager. That meeting ended with Van Daele’s appointment to the Borough’s Lands Committee being ... Read More »

KEA members can now register for upcoming election

KEA wind turbine. (Photo by LaniElderts/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Later this year, the Kodiak Electric Association will hold an election for three seats on its board of directors. KEA members can now enroll as candidates. Currently, the seats up for election are held by Stosh Anderson, Michael Brechan, and Cliff Davidson. All of who have been on the board for years. ... Read More »

Ferry service in Kodiak will temporarily shut down in March

The Tustumena in Homer, AK (Photo by Isaac Wedin/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT The city of Kodiak, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions won’t have ferry service from March till early April this year. The reason for the five-week gap in ferry service is the Tustumena needs to complete its annual state overhaul.  A process to make needed repairs and conduct mandatory inspections. Captain ... Read More »

The Coast Guard begins the new year by safely rescuing three hunters

The three men rescued posing with the aircrew that found them. (Photo by Lt. Brian Dykens/ Coast Guard) Mitch Borden/KMXT Coast Guard personnel spent the weekend searching for three hunters in Prince William Sound and found them on Monday, January 1, 2018. The crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter spotted the hunter’s boat on the south side of Chenega Island, which ... Read More »

The KHS Drama Club is putting on a show to raise money for the homeless

KHS drama club practicing “The Bloody Attack of the Evil Demonic Giraffe Puppet.” (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT This weekend, the Kodiak High School’s drama club is putting on a show that has an eye-catching title. “The Bloody Attack of the Evil Demonic Giraffe Puppet.” Wetherleigh Griffin is a part of the drama club. She says the name of ... Read More »

Remembering Judge Roy Madson

Roy Madsen 1923 – 2017 (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT Judge Roy Madsen passed away earlier this week at his home in Kodiak. The first Alaska Native to become a Superior Court Judge and was a pillar of the community who helped make history throughout his 94 ... Read More »

Borough Lands Committee looks at ways to reduce flooding events

Leta Street flooded by the Russian River. (Photo by Andrew Finke) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Lands Committee met on Wednesday to approve a proposed resolution to the borough assembly. The resolution, if passed, will direct borough staff to look into options for gravel extraction in the Russian River and Sargent Creek. Both waterways have been known to flood ... Read More »

First Alaska Native Superior Court Judge Passes Away

Roy Madsen. (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Honorable Judge Roy Harding Madsen passed away peacefully in his home in Kodiak on Tuesday, December 26th. He was 94. Madsen was born in the village of Kanatak on the Alaska Peninsula in 1923. As a child, he began ... Read More »

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