Whales Pass Through Kodiak Waters

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. 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 »

Find Out How to Sprout Some Sprouts

Sprouts. Jenn Durfey/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Shoppers may be tempted to pick up a bag of fresh sprouts at the supermarket to add to their salads and maybe even their sandwiches, but sprouts are actually easy to grow at home. The first step is getting a rundown on how to do it. That’s part of what Jill Wittenbrader will provide tonight ... Read More »

Strawberry Fields Nursery Opens for the Season

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak has transitioned from a temperate, rainy winter into a similarly temperate, rainy spring, but there’s one sure sign of the change of season – Strawberry Fields Nursery is open. Lorne and Elana White are two local experts in all things that grow, from flowers to root vegetables. The Whites explain they’ve been running the garden center since ... Read More »

Free Medical Care Program Answers Need in Community

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The U.S. Navy in collaboration with other military forces is in the midst of a free healthcare program in Kodiak called Arctic Care, which falls under The United States Department of Defense Arctic Care Readiness Training Program, or IRT. They’re operating a number of medical services out of the former AC Value Center and there are eye doctors, ... Read More »

Fishermen Compete at ComFish 2016

Competitors stand at one station during the race and complete knots. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A competition Saturday pitted fisherman against fisherman in a set of tasks which included knot-tying, hook-throwing, and survival suit-donning. The event created a fun spectacle on the last day of ComFish and demonstrated some of the skills even a greenhorn deckhand needs day to day. ... Read More »

New Group Reaches Out to Young Fishermen

Kayla Desroches/KMXT One solution to the aging fishing fleet is an up and coming group called the Young Fishermen’s Network. That’s what Alaska Marine Conservation Council organizer and third-generation fisherman, Hannah Heimbuch, spoke about at a ComFish forum called Right to Fish: Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska Fishing Access. Heimbuch says one of her personal inspirations to become involved in ... Read More »

Remains of Alutiiq Ancestors Begin Journey Home

Anchorage Beach on Chirikof Island looking west. (Public Domain photo by USGS) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Earlier this month, a Kodiak representative and the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to the lower 48 and reclaimed Alutiiq ancestral remains stored at Indiana University Bloomington. Professor Della Cook studied and wrote about the remains while they were at the university. The remains fall under ... Read More »

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