Author Archives: Mitch Borden

Elementary robotics club heads to state championship

The Kodiak Brick Bosses. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT A local robotics club is heading to Anchorage in January to compete against students from across the state. KMXT went to one of the North Star Elementary School’s Kodiak Brick Bosses practices to see how the team’s preparing for the First Lego League’s Alaska State Championships. A group of elementary ... Read More »

A documentary focusing on the revitalization of the Alutiiq language premieres in Kodiak

Karen Weinberg with Eli Kniaziowski at the premiere of Keep Talking. (Photo courtesy of Nara Garber) Mitch Borden/KMXT The documentary Keep Talking recently premiered in Kodiak. It focuses on efforts to keep the Alutiiq language alive in the region. KMXT spoke with the film’s director and some audience members about the movie’s message. It took years and hundreds of hours ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: The director of the documentary “Keep Talking” discusses her film

Karen Weinberg speaking at the premiere of her documentary “Keep Talking” at the Afognak Native Corporation building. (Photo courtesy of Nara Garber) Mitch Borden/KMXT For today’s talk of the rock, KMXT’s Mitch Borden sat down with Karen Weinberg, the director of the documentary Keep Talking. They got to chat before her film’s Kodiak premiere on December 3rd about how she ... Read More »

Galley Tables is getting a little salty this month

Laura Smelser performs at Galley Tables. (Photo courtesy of Galley Tables) Mitch Borden/KMXT This month’s Galley Tables is upon us and the theme is salty, which can cover a lot of different kinds of stories. “It could be about using salt in your cooking. It could be about something that brings tears. It could be about an old rascally character. ... Read More »

Kodiak’s airport manager is retiring after 30 years of working with the Department of Transportation

Passengers arrive at the Kodiak Airport. (Photo by J. Stephen Conn/ Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT For over 30 years, Bruce McNeil has worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation in Kodiak. He’s currently the airport manager of the Kodiak Airport, which means his day starts early. “My phone usually starts ringing about five am and quiets about 11 [pm].” McNeil says even ... Read More »

Kodiak Island Borough Assembly talks consolidation

Assembly members deliberating. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its work session last night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly looked over a report on how combining the governments of the borough and the city of Kodiak would affect the region. Borough Manager Michael Powers said staff has gone as far as it can without devoting more resources to the ... Read More »

Port Lions and Karluk may see their schools close next year

Kodiak High School. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly met with the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s board of education to discuss the district’s budget for the fiscal year 2019 and some major cuts it might have to make. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Borough’s board of education recently had a joint work ... Read More »

Local clinic works to serve its clients as its patient load almost doubles

Stethoscope. (Photo by jasleen_kaur/ Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Earlier this fall, Kodiak Island Medical Associates closed its doors. Many of its former patients are turning to the Kodiak Community Health Center for their medical needs, which is putting a little bit of pressure on the clinic’s staff. “We’ve been really busy. We were feeling it pretty significantly through the whole clinic ... Read More »

Santa travels to Kodiak Villages

Elf Erin Simone hands James Nelson a gift at Port Lions Priority School in 2013. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings/Coast Guard/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Next week, Santa and some of his helpers will be dropping by villages around the Kodiak Archipelago with the help of the Coast Guard. The Santa to the Villages program has been around for ... Read More »

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