Setnet and Cannery Stories From Kodiak’s West Side Star at Baranov Museum

A look into the West Side exhibit. Courtesy of the Baranov Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT Friday, the Baranov Museum opens its exhibit on West Side Stories, a multimedia project which focuses on cannery and set netter life and history on Kodiak’s west side. Anjuli Grantham, Baranov Museum curator of collections and exhibits, is behind the initiative and says she traveled all ... Read More »

Troopers Shoot Bear Roaming Town

Bear spotted wandering around town. Photo by Trooper Mike Munson Kayla Desroches/KMXT Alaska State Troopers Wednesday shot a bear that had been wandering around town for a couple of weeks. Sergeant Shane Nicholson with the troopers says authorities deemed it necessary after receiving numerous reports of the bear getting into dumpsters and roll carts and passing through people’s properties. He ... Read More »

O Organics, Safeway Kitchens, Signature Kitchens Frozen Products Recalled

Listeria monocytogenes. Photo by AJC / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A number of frozen fruits and vegetables have been recalled due to possible contamination by listeria, which can cause serious infections in children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems. Some of the potentially contaminated brands include O Organics, Safeway Kitchens, and Signature Kitchens. Michelangelo Sison, assistant manager at ... Read More »

Harbor Staff May Install Showers in Harbor Building, Take Action on Shelikof Restroom Building

Shelikof restroom building located near the harbor building. Photo courtesy of Harbormaster’s Office Kayla Desroches/KMXT The harbor staff is considering renovations to the harbor building and taking action on the Shelikof restroom building downtown. Harbormaster Lon White gave an overview to the Kodiak City Council at its work session Tuesday night. The current changes to the harbor building, which contains ... Read More »

Rock Carvings Identified on Afognak Island

Petroglyphs on Afognak Island. Photo courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum’s curator of archaeology, Patrick Saltonstall, recently identified a cluster of petroglyphs carved into a rock on Afognak Island. He says they’d been aware of possible petroglyphs in the site for years, and this month he visited the area with an Afognak Native Corporation senior land patrol ... Read More »

Kodiak Fifth-Graders Go Tidepooling on Woody Island

An example of crabs found while tidepooling. Photo by Andrew Schaefer / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Every year, fifth-graders in Kodiak take a boat out to Woody Island and camp in cabins there for a few days to learn about the history, birds, and wildlife of Woody Island. That includes the shelled creatures and fish that live on its beaches. Switgard ... Read More »

Two Marine Mammal Specialists Conduct Kodiak’s First Whale Survey of 2016

A dead gray whale floating in the ocean. Photo by Kate Wynne Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last summer, a mass die-off of at least 40 whales under unknown circumstances caused NOAA to declare an “unusual mortality event.”  Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago. On Friday, KMXT’s Kayla ... Read More »

Steller Sea Lion Spotted Entangled in Marine Debris

Steller sea lions in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Community members have been reporting sightings of a Steller sea lion with a rope constricting its neck. It appears to have gotten entangled in marine debris. Bree Witteveen, a mammal specialist with the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, says they’ve been ... Read More »

Sketching Course to Encourage the Shy and Artistic

Colored pencils, some tools of the trade when it comes to sketching. Richard Steih/Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Sometimes, all it takes to capture a scene are a few lines and a splash of color. A series of free art classes at the Kodiak Public Library will teach students how to document the world through sketching. Kodiak resident Bob Ross will lead ... Read More »

Machines to Collect Data on Ash in Kodiak from Spring to Fall

Geologist Kristi Wallace stands beside particulate monitor. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Researchers are trying to determine whether strong winds blowing over the Valley of 10,000 Smokes on the Alaska Peninsula can transport dangerous amounts of ash into the Kodiak environment. To help them collect data, they’ll turn to a pair of particulate monitors they set up last week – one ... Read More »

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