Alutiiq Word of the Week Program Turns 20

Kayla Desroches/KMXT This week is the 20th anniversary of a program that helped build Alutiiq language awareness on Kodiak Island. The Alutiiq Museum airs the Alutiiq Word of the Week on KMXT Public Radio in short segments, prints it in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, and posts the podcast to its website. It also archives Alutiiq words, their pronunciations, and their ... Read More »

Kodiak Middle Schoolers Build Drones on UAA Campus

Kayla Desroches/KMXT More than 50 middle schoolers recently finished a five-day course where they built and tested drones on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, and three of the students were Kodiak kids. The camp is part of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, or ANSEP, which guides kids in the STEM track all the way from middle school ... Read More »

Council Keeps Open Mind on Marijuana Regulation in City

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The City of Kodiak will take a slow and steady approach to marijuana regulation. The Kodiak City Council held a work session Tuesday night to focus on the final recommendations from the city’s marijuana advisory committee. Randy Bishop and Laura Arboleda are the two youngest members of the council and both sit on the marijuana advisory committee. Bishop ... Read More »

Near Island Development Plan Up for Public Comment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Near Island Development Plan will determine which parts of the island are zoned for development and which for recreational use, and the public comment period closes next week. The City of Kodiak contracted with DOWL engineering to design the plan. Since last year, DOWL has been meeting with the community and the council to hear and incorporate ... Read More »

City to Narrow Down Marijuana Regulations

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough already passed its local regulations for the commercial marijuana industry, and it appears that the City of Kodiak is not far behind. The city council will hold a special work session tonight to look over the city Marijuana Advisory Committee’s final recommendations. Both the borough and the city established separate advisory groups to guide ... Read More »

Low Tide Reveals Alutiiq Fishing Method

Rocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local archaeologist says there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He says those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region. The Alutiiq Museum is ... Read More »

City Council Replaces Aging Part in Wastewater Treatment Plant

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council held a brief regular meeting Thursday night where it, among other things, authorized a bid to replace an aging part of the wastewater treatment plant. The plant turns wastewater solids into sludge using a belt press. Assemblyman Charlie Davidson explained how investing in a new centrifuge would improve the dewatering process. For one, the ... Read More »

Cost of Partial Observer Coverage May Pass to Vessel Owners

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Partial observer coverage may become more expensive for small vessel owners as funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service trails off. It’s an issue before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council moving into the fall. Julie Bonney with the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank sits on a sub-group of the Observer Advisory Committee tasked with reviewing potential improvements and ... Read More »

Recycle Sheds Provide Blank Canvas for Art

Recycle shed down at the spit. Photo courtesy of Threshold Services Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s recycling facility, Threshold Services, maintains three sheds around town where people can drop off their recyclables, and Threshold is asking the community to make the sheds a little more visually appealing. Threshold executive director Stephanie Mason says there’s one shack in the flats, one at the ... Read More »

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