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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 »

Assembly and Council Touch Base on Plastic Bag Ban

Black plastic bag. Christer / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is making a possible ban on single-use plastic bags an open conversation with the Kodiak City Council from the get-go. The borough’s Solid Waste Advisory Board has been working on the ban. SWAB has so far drafted an ordinance, consulted the borough attorney, and sent a representative ... Read More »

Walking Tour Gives a Glimpse of Historic Kodiak

The Kodiak pier, the earliest known photograph of Kodiak, c. 1860. Courtesy of the Baranov Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT This year is the 150th anniversary of the sale of the Alaskan territory to the United States. Alaska’s oldest standing structure, the Baranov Museum, recently hosted a traveling exhibit featuring panels from the time of the Treaty of Cession in the 1860s. ... Read More »

Chiniak Replanting Begins

Sitka spruce bark. Josh Blouin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Foresters began replanting the scorched areas of Chiniak on Friday. The borough contracted with Washington-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to recover some of the forest’s former luster. It was damaged in the 2015 Twin Creeks fire. Forester David Nesheim, who is currently in Chiniak, says they’re planting Sitka Spruce sourced from the ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Renews Providence Hospital Lease

Providence hospital building. Courtesy of Providence Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough renewed the hospital lease with Providence Health & Services Alaska. Providence and the borough have held the agreement on Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center since 1997. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting Thursday night, Borough Manager Michael Powers said the document is the product ... Read More »

Nonprofit Ensures Continued Access to Local Trails

Trailhead for Lake Gertrude Trail. Photo byJ. Stephen Conn / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak hikers are rediscovering local trails now that the weather is nice, and the ongoing walkability of those paths is largely due to their caretakers. In some spots, the park service or the Kodiak Island Borough are responsible, but in other areas, the nonprofit Island Trails Network ... Read More »

Marijuana Industry Sees Slow Start in Kodiak Island Borough

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Marijuana. Image Courtesy of Brett Levin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough finalized regulations for the island’s commercial marijuana industry in April, but no businesses have sprung up yet. The new code outlines what cultivation, testing, and commercial sale would look within the borough, and it was the product of months of work from the Kodiak Island Borough ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Releases New E-Books for App

Cover of the digital book Cestun lla et’a?–How is the Weather? Painting by Sandee Drabek Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is expanding its e-book collection, this time with stories focusing on children and their natural environments. The digital picture books are geared towards improving kids’ Alutiiq language literacy. The project began last fall with three stories: one about winter, one ... Read More »

“Chicken Ordinance” Permits the Quieter Poultry

Chicken. Photo byDavid Goehring / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Planning and Zoning commission continues public outreach for the “chicken ordinance,” which aims to loosen up restrictions for poultry enthusiasts in the borough. The changes arose from complaints about code prohibitions on keeping small animals in certain residential districts. The borough suspended the enforcement of those regulations in 2016 to give ... Read More »

Alaska Aerospace Corporation to Hold Town Hall

Alaska Aerospace Corporation launch facility in Narrow Cape. Photo courtesy of AAC Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Aerospace Corporation will hold a meeting tonight to go over its operations, including its involvement in the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program, or THAAD program. President and CEO Craig Campbell says they’ll be launching two THAAD-related missiles in July. Those ... Read More »

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