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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 »

Podcasting Principal Wins Digital Principal of the Year Award

Podcasting equipment, including microphone and headphones. Patrick Breitenbach / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Middle School principal is on his way out of the school district, but he’ll bring some recognition with him. Jethro Jones was one of three administrators chosen for the 2017 Digital Principal of the Year award. According to a school district press release, the National Association ... Read More »

Plastic Bag Ban Heads to Kodiak Island Borough Assembly

A screenshot from Ramin Bahrani’s short-film “Plastic Bag” about pollution.Ars Electronica / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The single-use plastic bag ban continues to inch forward. The Kodiak Island Borough Solid Waste Advisory Board, or SWAB, held a regular meeting Monday night where members of the public spoke about the distribution of plastic bags in Kodiak stores and the possible ban. So ... Read More »

Skoda Donation Goes to Local Nonprofts

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson accepts a $25,000 donation from Skoda on behalf of the Kodiak Community Foundation. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last year, the Kodiak Community Foundation received a donation from Czech car maker Skoda, and now they’re ready to select grantees. Last year, Skoda filmed a commercial in Kodiak for its SUV, Kodiaq with a q, and featured City Mayor Pat ... Read More »

A Bad Berry Year and What That Means for Kodiak Bears

Salmonberries. Photo by Melody Ayres-Griffiths / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A scientist predicts climate change could have far-reaching effects on the growth of certain berries on Kodiak Island. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge supervisory wildlife biologist Bill Pyle just wrapped up a two-year pilot study on the Island. The study helps cement the monitoring methods they’ll use to study berry growth in ... Read More »

Warmer Kodiak Seasons Mean More Fruit

Lon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Summer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – but also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town. ... Read More »

School District Support Staff Negotiates Contract

Central services wing of the high school, where negotiations are taking place. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The students may have left the now-quiet halls of Kodiak High School, but the school administration and district support staff are still hard at work. They’re on the second day of negotiating the contract for members of the Kodiak Island Educational Support Association, or ... Read More »

The Fictional Fate of the Ebola Patient

(Left to right) Nurse Steve, Nurse Lydia, and patient / actor Patricia Roberts during a simulated examination. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Earlier in May, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center conducted an ebola simulation where the hospital received and treated a patient with the disease. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services had chosen Kodiak as the site for a ... Read More »

Downtown Farmer’s Market Enters Second Year

Kale. Photo byAlice Henneman / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The farmer’s market downtown enters its second year today. The Wednesday market emerged from a community forum and goal-setting event called Kodiak Strong, which Healthy Tomorrows organizes. Its original purpose was to bring local foods to an accessible spot for all city residents, and it ended up in the parking lot at ... Read More »

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