Assembly Regular Meeting Focuses on Land

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The agenda for tonight’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting is packed full of land items, with some exceptions including a possible mill rate increase. Raising property taxes is one way for the borough to make up for debt on school bonds and otherwise build revenue. The assembly may postpone the item until its May 18th regular meeting ... Read More »

Alaska Groundfish Data Bank Looks at High Numbers of Bycatch in Trawl Fisheries

Kayla  Desroches/KMXT The race for fish continues to be a concern for Kodiak’s pollock, cod, rockfish, and flatfish trawl fisheries moving into the coming season, especially with the quickly rising numbers of Chinook bycatch. That’s according to Alaska Groundfish Data Bank Executive Director Julie Bonney, who gave a fishery update to the city and borough’s joint fisheries work group Wednesday ... Read More »

Tustumena Delayed to July

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Tustumena will be out of service for longer than anticipated. Meadow Bailey, a Public Information Officer with the Department of Transportation, says the Tustumena had docked for an overhaul with an original return-to-service date of May 27. “There was some discovery during its annual overhaul that there was additional extensive steel waste found in the engine room, ... Read More »

Kodiak High School Principal Resigns

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak High School’s principal has resigned. On the first of the month, Chris Aguirre included a goodbye note in the Parent’s Newsletter. In the letter, he writes that there’s no “underlying reason” for his resignation from the position, which he held for three years, and that he’ll continue his career “at other levels of public education.” Aguirre has ... Read More »

Wildlife Guide and Local Cuisine Business Hits Fifteenth Season

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local wildlife viewing service, which includes locally-sourced meals in their package, just reached its fifteenth season. Marion Owen and her husband Marty run Galley Gourmet, and Owen says they take guests scouting for birds and other animals – such as puffins and otters – and wrap up with a picnic featuring local produce and seafood. She says ... Read More »

Borough Considers Raising Property Taxes

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is looking into raising property taxes to make ends meet and balance the budget in the next fiscal year. Like the rest of Alaska, Kodiak’s budget is suffering from shrinking state and federal revenues, which make up a large portion of the borough’s general fund. Borough Manager Michael Powers says 2016’s poor pink salmon ... Read More »

Youth Film Intensive Wins Grant to Fund Professional Equipment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The award-winning Baranov Museum film intensive is gearing up for another year of youth-created documentaries, and it just won a Rasmuson Foundation grant for its technology needs. The program, which was founded in 2012, will now be able to hand its students professional-grade camera equipment. Program instructor and grant writer, Marie Acemah, says she learned they’d won the ... Read More »

Kodiak Community Foundation Hires First Employee

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Community Foundation, a nonprofit which donates to causes in its community locations, is hiring program managers for all of its branches, including Kodiak. Up until now, the Kodiak Community Foundation has been volunteer-based and under the guidance of its advisory board. According to Board Chair Ginny Austerman, the program managers were all hired about a month ... Read More »

The Saga of Otmeloi Way Continues

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The epic of Otmeloi Way continues on its more than decade-long path to completion. Kodiak Island Borough community development director Sara Mason says the road, which is near North Star Elementary, is less than a mile long and they’ll do a complete reconstruction. She describes some of the current issues. “There’s children that walk to school and then ... Read More »

GCI Update Comes With Faster Download Speeds

Kayla Desroches/KMXT GCI customers may get faster download speeds in the City of Kodiak. The company announced last week that it’s unveiling a 1-gigabit-per-second service it calls 1 Gig Red. Stephanie Lovett, director of consumer marketing for GCI, says the change will be good news for people with tech-heavy homes who may be streaming on cell phones, laptops, and TVs ... Read More »

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