Low Coho Escapement Prompts Buskin Drainage Closure


The very first thing Friday morning, sport fishing for coho salmon in the Buskin River drainage will close by emergency order due to a lack of escapement. The closure starts at one minute past midnight Thurs. Tyler Polum, Fish and Game’s sport fish biologist in Kodiak said that the 2016 season is roughly half over and there are are fewer ... Read More »

Local Workforce Council Sees Comeback

Keyboard enter button. Clare Black / Flickr

Keyboard. Clare Black / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A group of local industry leaders which originally set out to analyze and improve Kodiak’s job market is making a comeback. Jared Griffin, a professor at Kodiak College, says the Kodiak Workforce Regional Advisory Council was active a few years ago and put together a survey of local businesses to determine patterns, hiring ... Read More »

Big Bad Band Swings into Town

Kurt Sodergren at drums. Photo Courtesy of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Kurt Sodergren at drums. Photo Courtesy of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Kayla Desroches/KMXT A big band that might get the audience to jump, jive, and wail is swinging into town to play the first installment in the Kodiak Arts Council’s performing arts season. According to the band’s website, “Big Bad” has been together for 20 plus years and tours full ... Read More »

Catch Numbers Reflect Disastrous Humpy Run

Pink salmon. Video still by Chris Newly.

Pink salmon. Video still by Chris Newly. As KMXT reported this week, the 2016 Kodiak area pink salmon run has turned out to be among the worst in about 40 years. According to Fish and Game figures, the pink salmon catch through Monday was 3,237,640 – for the whole season. Just 32 humpies were delivered yesterday (Monday); 20 on Sunday, ... Read More »

Community Applies Again for Grant to Fund Fisheries Research Project

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough and City of Kodiak are applying for a grant to fund community fisheries research. The assembly is leading the grant application process and it’s seeking funds through NOAA’s Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program, which supports fisheries projects. The community applied for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant last year, but failed to win that funding. Now, armed with the ... Read More »

Too Late to Withdraw, Board of Education Candidate Asks Voters to Choose Someone Else

Merissa Koller-Williams. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Merissa Koller-Williams. Kayla Desroches/KMXT A seasonal school district employee who discovered the position makes her ineligible to serve on the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education is asking voters not to cast their ballots in her favor in the upcoming election. Merissa Koller-Williams is the director of the Healthy Tomorrows community wellness program, and also serves as the Kodiak High ... Read More »

Three Injured in Island Air deHavilland Crash

Two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter aircrews rescue three people after their float plane crashed in the vicinity of Uganik Lake on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2016.

Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received an electronic locator beacon alert from a De Havilland DHC-2 float plane at 12:20 p.m., which prompted the launch of the two rescue helicopters.

U.S. Coast Guard video.

A victim of the Island Air crash Sept. 9, 2016, is loaded aboard a Coast Guard helicopter for the flight back to Kodiak. Still from video by U.S. Coast Guard. Jay Barrett & Kayla Desroches/KMXT A float plane crash Friday afternoon in Uganik Lake left three people seriously injured, but there were no reported fatalities. Most seriously injured in the ... Read More »

Preschool Allows Kids to Romp Around in the Great Outdoors

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Preschool in the Kodiak Island Borough began last week and one outdoor program which debuted last year has just opened a class for 3 and 4-year-olds. The expansion at the Kodiak Baptist Mission comes after its success last year with 4 and 5-year-olds. Lead outdoor preschool teacher, Josh Bell, says the outdoor class idea was a dream of ... Read More »

The Poor Pink Salmon Run and Possible Solutions


Pink salmon. Photo by Nicole Beaulac / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon run was a bad one this year, not just for Kodiak, but for the entire Gulf of Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist, James Jackson, says on a good year they’d catch an average of 15 million pinks. He says last year they ... Read More »

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