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Brewery Features Metal Sculptor Mark Witteveen

Sculpture by Mark Witteveen. Courtesy of Mark Witteveen Kayla Desroches/KMXT This month the Brewery is featuring a local artist who creates sculptures using metal. Many of Mark Witteveen’s pieces show fish or fishy scenes, like salmon with speckled backs swimming through rivers with shades of blue and green. Welding is one of his techniques. Witteveen says he began welding for ... Read More »

Sun’aq Intern Helps Collar Bears and Elk

Jessica Rich with unconscious young male bear. Jerry Belant / Mississippi State University Kayla Desroches/KMXT A small number of people ever get to touch a Kodiak bear in their lifetime. Sun’aq Tribe wildlife intern, Jessica Rich, had the opportunity multiple times this summer. She participated in a study looking at how foresting could be affecting elk and bear populations on ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Hires Collections Manager

Michael Bach. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT An active member of the Alutiiq language scene in Kodiak has joined the Baranov Museum staff as collections manager. Michael Bach previously worked at the Alutiiq Museum and taught an Alutiiq language immersion preschool with the Sun’aq Tribe. He says his time at the Alutiiq Museum ended with the grant that funded ... Read More »

Planners of Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial Request Use of City Property

Draft design plan. Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The organizers behind a proposed Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial are seeking the Kodiak City Council’s support. The group requested a site that belongs to the city, and will present to the council at its work session tonight. The memorial idea comes from the recent return of ancestral remains that archeologists took from ... Read More »

Bears Wander Towards Town for Some Grub

Cub in Kodiak Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. USFWS/Steve Hildebrand Kayla Desroches/KMXT Bear sightings on the road system surged in number over the weekend. Alaska Department of Fish and Game area wildlife biologist Nate Svoboda says on Monday he received reports of a sow and her two cubs at the Fishmeal plant and another of a single bear in the Otmeloi ... Read More »

Yoga Class to Feature Baby Goats

Baby goat. James Nord / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Goat yoga is a hot new trend in the fitness world, and it’s coming to Kodiak next weekend. The practice takes a typical class and throws some baby goats into the mix. In videos online, the animals bounce around and climb onto people’s backs. Depending on where they are, they may graze ... Read More »

Photographer Creates Paintinglike Scenes Using Lighting and Layers

Photo by Mike Haffeman. Courtesy of Mike Haffeman Kayla Desroches/KMXT One local photographer will display his work at the Frame Shop this month. Mike Haffeman’s photos have a painting-like quality. They’re posed and purposeful, with lighting that seems to come from no particular direction. They take hours of work. Haffeman says he walks around the scene and takes different photos, ... Read More »

Community Gardener Reports Produce Stolen

Garden beds at the community garden. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Bike theft is common in Kodiak, but locally grown produce is also in high demand. A member of the community garden says she went to tend to her vegetables and found them missing. The Larch street garden gives residents a chance to grow their own produce in a ... Read More »

A Tobacco Excise Tax is Coming to Kodiak

Lindsey Fox/Flicker Mitch Borden/KMXT After a long discussion, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed a motion to instate an excise tax on tobacco products at their regular meeting last night. From the beginning, it was clear there were a lot of opinions surrounding the issue. Michael Johnson, owner of the local vape shop Kodiak Steam Trunk, called the assembly to ... Read More »

A New Survey Is Trying To Understand Who’s Hunting Birds and Gathering Their Eggs

Mike Beauregard/Flicker In Kodiak right now, if you’re on the road system you can’t harvest eggs or hunt migratory birds. That’s because there’s been a policy in place since 2003 to protect the island’s bird populations. Now there’s an effort to understand past and present subsistence habits which could potentially help lift the ban. If you live on the road ... Read More »

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