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Kodiak Fifth-Graders Go Tidepooling on Woody Island

Star fish in tidepool. Photo by Michael Elsen / Flickr

An example of crabs found while tidepooling. Photo by Andrew Schaefer / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Every year, fifth-graders in Kodiak take a boat out to Woody Island and camp in cabins there for a few days to learn about the history, birds, and wildlife of Woody Island. That includes the shelled creatures and fish that live on its beaches. Switgard ... Read More »

Two Marine Mammal Specialists Conduct Kodiak’s First Whale Survey of 2016

A dead gray whale floating in the ocean. Photo by Kate Wynne

A dead gray whale floating in the ocean. Photo by Kate Wynne Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last summer, a mass die-off of at least 40 whales under unknown circumstances caused NOAA to declare an “unusual mortality event.”  Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago. On Friday, KMXT’s Kayla ... Read More »

Steller Sea Lion Spotted Entangled in Marine Debris

Steller sea lions in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Flickr

Steller sea lions in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Community members have been reporting sightings of a Steller sea lion with a rope constricting its neck. It appears to have gotten entangled in marine debris. Bree Witteveen, a mammal specialist with the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, says they’ve been ... Read More »

Sketching Course to Encourage the Shy and Artistic

Colored pencils, some tools of the trade when it comes to sketching.
Richard Steih/Flickr

Colored pencils, some tools of the trade when it comes to sketching. Richard Steih/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Sometimes, all it takes to capture a scene are a few lines and a splash of color. A series of free art classes at the Kodiak Public Library will teach students how to document the world through sketching. Kodiak resident Bob Ross will lead ... Read More »

Machines to Collect Data on Ash in Kodiak from Spring to Fall

Kristi Wallace. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Geologist Kristi Wallace stands beside particulate monitor. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Researchers are trying to determine whether strong winds blowing over the Valley of 10,000 Smokes on the Alaska Peninsula can transport dangerous amounts of ash into the Kodiak environment. To help them collect data, they’ll turn to a pair of particulate monitors they set up last week – one ... Read More »

KMXT News Recognized for 2015 Coverage of Pletnikoff Incident, Chiniak Wildfire and a Family Bakery

2016 Alaska Press Club awards won by KMXT News

2016 Alaska Press Club awards won by KMXT News At the Alaska Press Club Awards Banquet Saturday, KMXT News was recognized for three efforts in 2015. News Director Jay Barrett won first place in Crime or Court Reporting for his extensive coverage of the incident where three KPD officers handcuffed and pepper-sprayed Nick Pletnikoff, entitled “Answers Sought in Possible Excessive ... Read More »

Whales Pass Through Kodiak Waters

A baleen whale breaches. Michael Dawes/flickr

A baleen whale breaches. Michael Dawes/flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Now is a prime time to find a spot by the ocean and hunker down with a pair of binoculars, because there’s a good chance you could spot a grey whale. Cindy Bower is leading a whale-watching trip Saturday as part of the Audubon Society and says it’s no coincidence that the ... Read More »

Jackson Mobile Home Park Profiles: Darius Kasprzak

Kasprzak - in blue, far left - competes in ComFish Fisherman's Contest. Here he ties a selection of knots.

Kasprzak – in blue, far left – competes in ComFish Fisherman’s Contest. Here he ties a selection of knots. Kayla Desroches/KMXT The closure of Jackson Mobile Home Park on May 1 means that people have been scrambling to find alternative spots for their homes or businesses, other housing arrangements, or are even considering moving out-of-state. This week we share the ... Read More »

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