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Kodiak Prepares for Infectious Disease With Ebola Simulation

(Left to right) Nurse Steve, Nurse Lydia, and patient / actor Felicia Roberts during a simulated examination. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Every year on Kodiak Island, the common cold – known locally as the “Kodiak crud” – spreads among city residents. But imagine if a more serious illness or disease entered the population. Like ebola, which spreads through bodily fluids. ... Read More »

Smaller Lots Could Make a Future for Smaller Homes in Kodiak

A tiny house village located in Washington D.C. Photo by Inhabitant / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The state of Alaska abounds with creative living situations, from houseboats to yurts, and the tiny house market may have a future in Kodiak. But that starts with Kodiak Island Borough code. According to borough Community Development Director Sara Mason, the tiny house movement is ... Read More »

High School Mosaic Bench Near Completion

Students and helpers work on mosaic bench at Kodiak High School. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A mosaic bench in front the high school is almost complete. By necessity. Three years ago, a group of students designed the bench with teacher and artist, Bonnie Dillard. Now the deadline is coming up. A group of students has come down to complete community ... Read More »

Rural Leaders Seek Better Communication on Land Use Issues

Borough Mayor speaks to attendees at the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s rural leaders and the Kodiak Island Borough are striving to improve communication on land issues that impact the island’s communities. The borough has jurisdiction over land use matters around the island and all the action happens in the city of Kodiak. That ... Read More »

Old Harbor Resident Gains State Recognition for Volunteerism

Bobbi Anne Barnowsky. Courtesy of Barnowsky Kayla Desroches/KMXT Old Harbor tribal administrator Bobbi Anne Barnowsky recently won state recognition and a place on the 2017 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. The awards began with Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond in 1975 and continue today under First Lady Donna Walker. Out of 70 nominations, four individuals were selected for ... Read More »

Kodiak Considers Plastic Bag Banishment

Plastic shopping bag. Photo by Andrew Davidson / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak is looking into banning single-use plastic bags. If it does, it’ll follow communities like Bethel, Cordova, and Hooper Bay that have all enforced city-wide bans, none of which include a per-bag fee. Fairbanks tried and failed in 2009 to charge a 5 cent fee. Some communities in the ... Read More »

Painted Rocks Beautify Kodiak, Engage Families

Rock painted by DeAnn Medina. Photo by DeAnn Medina Kayla Desroches/KMXT The sale of acrylic paints has peaked in Kodiak, and it’s because of a new art craze in town. Painted rocks have been popping up on the local trails, café tables, and even in the meat section of Safeway. The activity, which found success in the Lower 48, has ... Read More »

Village Farmers Explore Guard Geese and the Other Benefits of Local Growing

A White Chinese Goose similar to the one in Ouzinkie. Tracie Hall / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Island communities are growing their own produce and raising their own poultry as part of an ongoing hoop house project, and each village has its unique innovations to add in. Like beekeeping and guard geese. The participating communities of Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie ... Read More »

Villages Conduct Massive Scrap Metal and Hazardous Waste Removal

Baled cubes in Ouzinkie. Courtesy of KANA Kayla Desroches/KMXT Living on an island can prove a major barrier to getting rid of large, unwanted objects like cars or fridges, especially for small communities like those in the Kodiak Archipelago. In 2015, local partners in Kodiak began the removal of scrap metal and hazardous materials from the six island communities. According ... Read More »

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