Dance Group Comes to Kodiak

Members of Versa-Style Dance Company. Courtesy of Versa-Style Kayla Desroches/KMXT A hip-hop group that taps into teen talent in Los Angeles will showcase their art here in Kodiak. Co-founder and co-artistic director of Versa-Style dance company, Leigh Foaad, is traveling with the adult dancers on their Alaska tour. He explains the Versa-Style crew grew out of his work with co-founder, ... Read More »

Missile Agency Seeks Comments on Environmental Impacts

Kodiak residents could see military missiles launch from Narrow Cape at an unprecedented rate, starting as early as late summer, according to an article published Wednesday (Jan. 25) in the trade publication “Inside Defense.” Kodiak Island has not seen a missile launch attempt since an Army rocket exploded on liftoff in 2014. On January 13 the Missile Defense Agency published ... Read More »

Public Speaks on What They Want in a Superintendent

Public speaks with members of the Board of Education at community forum. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District is on the search for a new superintendent to replace Stewart McDonald, who’s set to move on this summer. As part of that process, the Board of Education hosted a community forum Thursday to hear what the public ... Read More »

Women’s March Draws Crowd

Marchers set off from the high school. Photo by Pam Foreman/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Women’s March on Washington Saturday began in part as a response to the rhetoric of this past election cycle and concern surrounding the new administration. It grew into a worldwide movement which appears to have shifted to meet the needs of its participating areas. Kodiak was ... Read More »

Refuge Moves Madsen Bear Indoors

Madsen bear loaded onto crane. Photo courtesy of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s Madsen bear is on the move again. Unlike real bears of the fur and flesh variety, the fiberglass animal doesn’t bare up well against the wind, rain, and – just recently – the snow. Last week, city staff and Brechan Enterprises moved the 60-year-old statue ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Director of Operations to Leave Island

Marnie Leist. Courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum’s Director of Operations is moving on. Marnie Leist has been in Kodiak for 11 years, and looks back to when she first arrived to the island. She says she got a master’s degree in art history and museum studies, and the only position she applied to following graduation ... Read More »

Behind the Scenes Prepping a Traveling Exhibit

Sarah Owens holds a fish skin bowl by Audrey Armstrong. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A traveling exhibit featuring pieces from Alaskan artists is moving from community to community, and it features some local creations along the way. The exhibit, called Living Alaska, is curated by former Alutiiq Museum executive director Sven Haakanson and originated at the Anchorage Museum, all thanks ... Read More »

Two Actors Adapt the Narnia World to the Stage

Matt Freeman and Stephanie Ann Foster. Photo by Devin Cooper Kayla Desroches/KMXT The world of Narnia will soon come to the Kodiak stage. San-Francisco based actor Stephanie Ann Foster adapted one of the novels in C.S. Lewis’ famous series and it’ll debut here in town. And two actors will portray all the characters. Foster’s co-actor, local teacher Matt Freeman, says ... Read More »

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