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 »

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 »

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 »

The Alaska Fisheries Report 8 September 2016


Coming up in this edition, we look north to the coho run on the Yukon and to fish in the increasingly accessible Arctic Ocean. They don’t mess around trying to protect Columbia River salmon, and, there ain’t nothing like hands-on training. We had help from KIYU’s Tim Bodony in Galena, Alaska Energy Desk’s Zoe Sobel in Unalaska, KUOW’s Cassandra Profita ... Read More »

First Lecture in Series to Address the Art of the Kayak

Cockpit of historic Alutiiq kayak, ca. 1868.  Courtesy Presidents and Fellows of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and via

Cockpit of historic Alutiiq kayak, ca. 1868. Courtesy Presidents and Fellows of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and via Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local craftsman will lead a lecture about Alutiiq kayak carving techniques focused on one example in particular. The Alutiiq Museum is currently exhibiting a seal skin-covered kayak, which Jim Dillard says was probably crafted ... Read More »

Czech Carmaker Skoda Donates $25,000 to Kodiak Community Foundation

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson accepts a $25,000 donation from Skoda on behalf of the Kodiak Community Foundation.

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson speaks with Skoda marketing executive Werner Eichhorn onstage in Berlin Thursday at the unveiling of the company’s new SUV, the Kodiaq. Earlier today in Berlin, the Czech automobile company Skoda unveiled its newest SUV, the “Kodiaq,” named for, and pronounced like Kodiak, Alaska, despite a spelling difference. The company, which has made cars for 100 years, ... Read More »

A Reflection on Community Archaeology 2016

Patrick Saltonstall stands in front of site. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Patrick Saltonstall stands in front of site. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT This year’s Community Archaeology Program, which turns Kodiak locals into archaeologists, wrapped up this month. It was the last year digging the Kashevaroff site at Womens Bay, and Alutiiq Museum Curator of Archaeology Patrick Saltonstall says this year confirmed a lot of the conclusions they’d previously drawn. He says ... Read More »

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