Borough Lands Committee looks at ways to reduce flooding events

Leta Street flooded by the Russian River. (Photo by Andrew Finke) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Lands Committee met on Wednesday to approve a proposed resolution to the borough assembly. The resolution, if passed, will direct borough staff to look into options for gravel extraction in the Russian River and Sargent Creek. Both waterways have been known to flood ... Read More »

First Alaska Native Superior Court Judge Passes Away

Roy Madsen. (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Honorable Judge Roy Harding Madsen passed away peacefully in his home in Kodiak on Tuesday, December 26th. He was 94. Madsen was born in the village of Kanatak on the Alaska Peninsula in 1923. As a child, he began ... Read More »

A Kodiak woman who shares medical equipment is having some unexpected trouble storing it

Medical equipment in Terra Cupp’s storage locker. (Photo courtesy of Terra Cupp) Mitch Borden/KMXT One of the main sources of medical equipment in Kodiak is a woman who collects and distributes it for free. But because of a sudden cancellation of a contract with Kodiak’s local hospital, she’s having a hard time storing all the stuff she’s amassed over the ... Read More »

Managers forecast weak Chinook runs in Southeast

Tail of a Chinook. (Photo by Matana_and_Jes / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The next year may see some weak runs for kings in Southeast. Managers are forecasting lower than average numbers for the Chilkat, Taku, Stikine, Unuk, and King Salmon Rivers. Deputy Director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries, Forrest Bowers, says stocks in Southeast ... Read More »

Shelter celebrates holiday with resident families

Christmas tree. (Photo bySergé / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local shelter that provides a safe space for families is preparing for the holidays. The Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center holds 25 beds, 17 which are occupied at the moment according to executive director Rebecca Shields. She says KWRCC is trying to make the holidays festive for families away from ... Read More »

The Borough Assembly requests its attorney weigh-in on whether one of its members has a conflict of interest

The City of Kodiak sign at the Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is looking into whether or not one of its assembly members has a conflict of interest. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Matthew Van Daele was hired to be the city of Kodiak’s deputy city manager. Some assembly members aren’t ... Read More »

Fisheries analyst on pink season disaster declaration versus cod

Fishing boats in Kodiak. (Photo by James Brooks / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the 2018 commercial Pacific cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recently determined it would need to decrease the cod fishery’s total allowable catch by 80 percent as a result of cod declines. Now, ... Read More »

Kodiak representatives look at possible consequences of cod declines

Vessel in Kodiak. (Photo by Gruscana / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Cod declines could have a devastating effect on Kodiak harvesters and processors. That’s according to community representatives who attended the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting this month. At that meeting, the council decreased the Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod quotas by 80 percent. That’s to address the sharply declining ... Read More »

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