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Painted Rocks Beautify Kodiak, Engage Families

Rock painted by DeAnn Medina. Photo by DeAnn Medina Kayla Desroches/KMXT The sale of acrylic paints has peaked in Kodiak, and it’s because of a new art craze in town. Painted rocks have been popping up on the local trails, café tables, and even in the meat section of Safeway. The activity, which found success in the Lower 48, has ... Read More »

Symposium Highlights Citizen Science

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A science symposium today through Friday brings with it talks on a number of coastal research topics, including how community members can keep such studies going strong through participation in the research itself. The Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium covers regional projects and collects the lectures under thematic sessions: Changing Ecosystems, Habitat and Process, Dynamic Methods, Community and ... Read More »

High School Brings Ookiest, Kookiest Family to Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re altogether ooky. It’s the Addams Family – the musical. Kodiak High School Theater Arts is tackling the Broadway production, which is based on the world of the morbid, yet endearing, Addams family. Fans of the TV show from the 1960s, the movies from the 1990s, or the comic strips ... Read More »

Science Symposium Brings With It Talk on Warming Oceans

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Warming ocean conditions may be killing off seabirds and affecting fish populations, and it’s unlikely to change without intervention. That’s part of what University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Russ Hopcroft will talk about for his lecture at the upcoming Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium. Hopcroft and his project partners study the northern Gulf of Alaska. He says in ... Read More »

Kodiak Police Department Looks at E911 Revamp

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will catch up at their joint work session tomorrow night. Most of the issues on the agenda are ones they’ve discussed at length, like accessory dwelling units or marijuana regulations, but they’ll also hear from the Kodiak Police Department about the E911 system, the response system which directs calls ... Read More »

After Pink Salmon Disaster, Relief Funding Uncertain

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon disaster last year ate into the profits of fishermen and processors in the Gulf of Alaska, and the Kodiak area is still waiting to see if it’ll receive emergency relief funds. At a Fisheries Work Group meeting last week, fisheries analyst Heather McCarty touched on a letter some legislators, including Senator Dan Sullivan and Representative ... Read More »

Borough Seeks More Public Input on Chicken Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local government is still deciding how it should balance law and order with residents’ passion for raising chickens. Last year, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly put a hold on the enforcement of land use regulations which prohibit keeping poultry on urban residential lots, and the borough has since been trying to figure out how to better control the ... Read More »

Alaska Sea Grant in Danger of Losing Funding

Julie Matweyou. Courtesy of Alaska Sea Grant Kayla Desroches/KMXT A program which focuses on seafood safety, sustainability, and marine coastal resources both in Alaska and the Lower 48 may lose its federal funding. President Donald Trump struck the program from his Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget. Sea Grant has branches spread out across Alaska, including here in Kodiak. Julie Matweyou ... Read More »

Village Farmers Explore Guard Geese and the Other Benefits of Local Growing

A White Chinese Goose similar to the one in Ouzinkie. Tracie Hall / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Island communities are growing their own produce and raising their own poultry as part of an ongoing hoop house project, and each village has its unique innovations to add in. Like beekeeping and guard geese. The participating communities of Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie ... Read More »

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