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Nonprofit Ensures Continued Access to Local Trails

Trailhead for Lake Gertrude Trail. Photo byJ. Stephen Conn / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak hikers are rediscovering local trails now that the weather is nice, and the ongoing walkability of those paths is largely due to their caretakers. In some spots, the park service or the Kodiak Island Borough are responsible, but in other areas, the nonprofit Island Trails Network ... Read More »

Marijuana Industry Sees Slow Start in Kodiak Island Borough

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Marijuana. Image Courtesy of Brett Levin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough finalized regulations for the island’s commercial marijuana industry in April, but no businesses have sprung up yet. The new code outlines what cultivation, testing, and commercial sale would look within the borough, and it was the product of months of work from the Kodiak Island Borough ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Releases New E-Books for App

Cover of the digital book Cestun lla et’a?–How is the Weather? Painting by Sandee Drabek Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum is expanding its e-book collection, this time with stories focusing on children and their natural environments. The digital picture books are geared towards improving kids’ Alutiiq language literacy. The project began last fall with three stories: one about winter, one ... Read More »

“Chicken Ordinance” Permits the Quieter Poultry

Chicken. Photo byDavid Goehring / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Planning and Zoning commission continues public outreach for the “chicken ordinance,” which aims to loosen up restrictions for poultry enthusiasts in the borough. The changes arose from complaints about code prohibitions on keeping small animals in certain residential districts. The borough suspended the enforcement of those regulations in 2016 to give ... Read More »

Alaska Aerospace Corporation to Hold Town Hall

Alaska Aerospace Corporation launch facility in Narrow Cape. Photo courtesy of AAC Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alaska Aerospace Corporation will hold a meeting tonight to go over its operations, including its involvement in the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program, or THAAD program. President and CEO Craig Campbell says they’ll be launching two THAAD-related missiles in July. Those ... Read More »

Borough Staff Explains Fate of the Junk Car Lottery

An abandoned truck in Kodiak. Photo courtesy of the Kodiak Island Borough Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly conducted a lengthy discussion on the issue of junk cars last week at its work session. Community Development director Sara Mason said the borough used to hold a lottery to remove people’s abandoned cars from their properties. She said the borough ... Read More »

Healthcare Questions Dominate Sen. Dan Sullivan Town Hall

Senator Dan Sullivan speaks to public in Afognak building on Near Island, Kodiak. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Republican Senator Dan Sullivan held a town hall in the city of Kodiak Saturday and attracted a sizeable crowd. He dedicated the bulk of the meeting to the public’s questions, and most focused on healthcare. One commenter, Mike Milligan, said the United States ... Read More »

Old Harbor Infrastructure Project Reaches Fifth Year in Federal Program

Cpl. Kuwyn Diggs, a semitrailer refueler operator with Detachment, performs maintenance on an AMK 970 semitrailer refueler during Innovative Readiness Training Old Harbor, Alaska, July 10, 2016. Photo by Sgt. Ian Leones / U.S. Marine Corps Kayla Desroches/KMXT The City of Old Harbor’s airport is on its way to completion. The Kodiak Island community identified the need for an airport ... Read More »

Borough to Renew Hospital Lease with Providence

Providence hospital building. Courtesy of Providence Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is on the cusp of approving a ten-year lease renewal on the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. At its work session last night, assembly members spoke overwhelmingly in support of Providence’s continued use of the building on Rezanof Drive. Assemblyman Dave Townsend credited the negotiation teams for their ... Read More »

Alaska Aerospace Corporation in Negotiations to Support Israel Missile Defense Organization

Mobile operations center in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of AAC Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island’s rocket launch facility has been busy since its ribbon cutting last August. The re-opening came two years after a launch failure damaged buildings on the complex. Alaska Aerospace Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Campbell describes how, since then, AAC has signed on with both ... Read More »

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