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Aimee Williams Hired as Discover Kodiak’s New Executive Director

Mitch Borden/KMXT Discover Kodiak recently hired a new executive director. After almost five years, the local tourist bureau’s former executive director Chastity McCarthy decided to step down so she could move to Arkansas to be closer to family. When Aimee Williams heard that Discover Kodiak would be looking for someone to fill McCarthy’s position, she was excited. Williams said,“I always ... Read More »

Borough Maps Monashka Trails, From Deer Social Zones to Bear Latrines

Borough map of Monashka and Termination Point area. Courtesy of Kodiak Island Borough Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is trying to better manage Monashka Mountain trails. Before they can figure out a management plan for those individual trails, they need to gather data on where they go and what’s along them. The Parks and Recreation Committee went over that ... Read More »

Looks Like a Bad Year for Island Seabird Populations

Arctic Terns. Photo by Bryan Wilkins / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A biologist recently returned from a survey of seabirds on Kodiak Island, and she says some colony numbers have decreased this summer. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge bird biologist Robin Corcoran says terns are having a difficult year. She says there are three colonies on the road system: at the Pasagashak ... Read More »

Without Fines, SWAB Tries Warnings and Education for Proper Garbage Removal

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the borough Solid Waste Advisory Board say there’s an ongoing issue with people leaving large items where they don’t belong. That means Alaska Waste employees and Kodiak Island Borough maintenance mechanics need to drive around to dumpsters and transport items, anything from radiators to TVs, says Engineering and Facilities Department Director Bob Tucker Tucker says they’d ... Read More »

Low Tide Reveals Alutiiq Fishing Method

Rocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local archaeologist says there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He says those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region. The Alutiiq Museum is ... Read More »

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 »

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