Author Archives: Mitch Borden

A Tobacco Excise Tax is Coming to Kodiak

Lindsey Fox/Flicker Mitch Borden/KMXT After a long discussion, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed a motion to instate an excise tax on tobacco products at their regular meeting last night. From the beginning, it was clear there were a lot of opinions surrounding the issue. Michael Johnson, owner of the local vape shop Kodiak Steam Trunk, called the assembly to ... Read More »

A New Survey Is Trying To Understand Who’s Hunting Birds and Gathering Their Eggs

Mike Beauregard/Flicker In Kodiak right now, if you’re on the road system you can’t harvest eggs or hunt migratory birds. That’s because there’s been a policy in place since 2003 to protect the island’s bird populations. Now there’s an effort to understand past and present subsistence habits which could potentially help lift the ban. If you live on the road ... Read More »

Landslide Out At Fort Abercrombie Brings Down Some Trees

Mitch Borden/KMXT There was recently a landslide at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park in Kodiak. Stevon Rennewanz, a member of the Alaska Conservation Corps who’s stationed at Fort Abercrombie for the summer, says it occurred on a coastal area at the western end of the park. Between the Ram Site beach and Bay View Dr. He says the slide didn’t ... Read More »

While Kayaking Around North America, Freya Hoffmeister Stops By Kodiak

Freya Hoffmeister Mitch Borden/KMXT A German kayaker stopped in Kodiak after paddling her way up from Seattle. This is just one stop of many on her way around North America. Freya Hoffmeister seems like she enjoys a good challenge. She’s 53 and has been kayaking for 21 years. Her accomplishments include circumnavigating two continents and she’s currently working on her ... Read More »

Kodiak Golfers Turnout For A Cause

Dave Stockton demonstrating his putting technique. Mitch Borden/KMXT Mitch Borden/KMXT A golf legend’s visit to Kodiak let some local golfers get some unexpected coaching, and this surprise also gave Kodiak’s Teen Court a chance to do a little fundraising. KMXT’s Mitch Borden has the story. A small group of golfers are standing on a putting green at the Bear Valley ... Read More »

Discussion on Proposed 911 Surcharge Continued at Last Night’s Borough Work Session

Man holding phone. Martin Cathrae/ Flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT At last night’s work session, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly looked at a proposed increase to a surcharge on local phone lines that supports the region’s enhanced 911 system.The assembly had postponed the discussion at their last regular meeting due to a lack of information on this topic. Currently, the surcharge is ... Read More »

Local Teen Sets Out On A Trip To The Arctic

(Photo:Lwp Kommunikáció) Mitch Borden/KMXT An expedition will soon set out to explore the arctic waters of Canada and Greenland. One of those departing on this journey is Caden Peterson, a 17 year old from Old Harbor. Students On Ice is the organization behind this excursion. Their mission is to educate youth about the importance of the arctic. They’ve gathered a ... Read More »

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 »

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