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Remembering Judge Roy Madson

Roy Madsen 1923 – 2017 (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT Judge Roy Madsen passed away earlier this week at his home in Kodiak. The first Alaska Native to become a Superior Court Judge and was a pillar of the community who helped make history throughout his 94 ... Read More »

A look back at 2017 in Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Here at KMXT, we’re taking a look back at some of this year’s events in the Kodiak region. In the first month of the year, Kodiak residents rallied for one of the biggest demonstrations it’s seen in the past few years: The Women’s March on Washington. In January, more than 300 locals gathered in front of the high ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – Dec 28, 2017

On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, a Washington-state based catcher/processor is trying to fight back against a 24-year-old landing tax. It’s a tax that helps keep a lot of fishing communities in the state going. In the case of one city, it makes up roughly 15 percent of the municipality’s revenue. Also, the forecast for king salmon runs in Southeast ... Read More »

Borough Lands Committee looks at ways to reduce flooding events

Leta Street flooded by the Russian River. (Photo by Andrew Finke) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Lands Committee met on Wednesday to approve a proposed resolution to the borough assembly. The resolution, if passed, will direct borough staff to look into options for gravel extraction in the Russian River and Sargent Creek. Both waterways have been known to flood ... Read More »

New director steps up at food bank

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Baptist Mission’s food bank has a new director. “I kinda of liken it to being a doctor. You’re kind of always on call.” Joe Buhlig is relatively new to Kodiak and doesn’t imagine he’ll have much time for some of his favorite pastimes, like hiking and fishing. Instead, he’ll spend a lot of time behind the ... Read More »

First Alaska Native Superior Court Judge Passes Away

Roy Madsen. (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Honorable Judge Roy Harding Madsen passed away peacefully in his home in Kodiak on Tuesday, December 26th. He was 94. Madsen was born in the village of Kanatak on the Alaska Peninsula in 1923. As a child, he began ... Read More »

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discusses if one of its members has a conflict of interest

Mitch Borden/KMXT Earlier this year, Kodiak Island Borough Assemblyman Matthew Van Daele was hired to be the City of Kodiak’s deputy city manager. This is causing some assembly members to wonder what borough business Van Daele should take part in. The assembly asked for a legal opinion from its attorney to see whether there are codes or laws that’d bar ... Read More »

A Kodiak woman who shares medical equipment is having some unexpected trouble storing it

Medical equipment in Terra Cupp’s storage locker. (Photo courtesy of Terra Cupp) Mitch Borden/KMXT One of the main sources of medical equipment in Kodiak is a woman who collects and distributes it for free. But because of a sudden cancellation of a contract with Kodiak’s local hospital, she’s having a hard time storing all the stuff she’s amassed over the ... Read More »

Managers forecast weak Chinook runs in Southeast

Tail of a Chinook. (Photo by Matana_and_Jes / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The next year may see some weak runs for kings in Southeast. Managers are forecasting lower than average numbers for the Chilkat, Taku, Stikine, Unuk, and King Salmon Rivers. Deputy Director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries, Forrest Bowers, says stocks in Southeast ... Read More »

Lands committee looks at why property owners sit on land

Kayla Desroches/KMXT There’s plenty of land in the Kodiak Island Borough, but land owners may be hesitant to develop it. That’s what the Kodiak Island Borough Lands Committee talked about at its meeting last week. Lands committee chair Dan Rohrer said he would like to know why private enterprise might be holding onto the land. “I guess when I was ... Read More »

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