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315 Days of 2016 Were Abnormally Warm in Kodiak

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On Sunday, January 1st, after all 366 days of 2016 had come and gone, a climate scientist with the National Weather Service in Fairbanks finished a project that literally required the entire year’s worth of data. Rick Thoman, is the client science and services manager for the National Weather Service Alaska Region. He looked at temperatures around the entire state ... Read More »

Letter From Kodiak’s Past Found On Wall

The Sundberg house in 1992. Photo courtesy of Kodiak Island Borough Assessing Department

Letter written on the wall by Phyllis Sundberg, framed in the house in which it was found. Photo by Kayla Desroches Kayla Desroches/KMXT Houses can be historic in many senses – for instance, the history that families create. Recently, the owner of one house on a hill found a little of that family history while renovating. I meet Dave Wilmot ... Read More »

Airport Safety Project Win Recognition for … its Safety

The end of a runway at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport after extension. Photo courtesy Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

The end of a runway at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport after extension. Photo courtesy Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. The work done over the last number of years to extend the runway safety areas at Benny Benson State Airport in Kodiak has been recognized for its safety record. The announcement was made last week by the Alaska Department of Transportation ... Read More »

KIBSD Assistant Superintendent to Receive Governor’s Award

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Marilyn Davidson. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT One of the major players in how arts education looks in the Kodiak Island Borough School District just learned that she’ll receive a Governor’s Award for her work. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who have been influential to arts and humanities in Alaska, and there are a total of eight recipients, ... Read More »

Ground Squirrel: Invasive Species or Native to Island?

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Ground squirrel parka made by Susan Malutin and Grace Harrod, 1999. Courtesy the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT An archaeologist is studying the ancient ground squirrel on Chirikof Island and trying to figure out when the squirrel would have been introduced to the area and how. Catherine West is a research assistant professor at Boston University and has been coming to ... Read More »

Borough to Replant in Chiniak with Carter & Carter Enterprises

Land in Chiniak. Photo by Wade Wahrenbrock

Land in Chiniak. Photo by Wade Wahrenbrock Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly recently agreed to award a contract for the planting of spruce tree seedlings on Chiniak land burned in the Twin Creeks fire. At last week’s regular meeting, the assembly okay’d the agreement with Alaska-based Carter & Carter Enterprises and, before the assembly passed that contract, the ... Read More »

Coast Guard Escorts Santa to Kodiak Villages

Coast Guard Santa waves to the community of Danger Bay, AK, before 
landing to bring gifts to the children on Dec. 13, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard 
photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson

Santa waves to the community of Danger Bay, AK, before landing to bring gifts to the children on Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard flew out to the Kodiak communities again this winter for its Santa to the Villages program. The Coast Guard Spouses’ Association of Kodiak ... Read More »

Kids Make and Donate Sandwiches to Brother Francis Shelter

Second graders put together sandwiches for the Brother Francis Shelter. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Second graders Daniel and Holly put together sandwiches for the Brother Francis Shelter in their classroom at Peterson Elementary. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The holidays tend to inspire people to be all the more charitable, and a couple of classes at Peterson Elementary School have made the spirit of giving a monthly tradition. Since September, a group of second grade ... Read More »

The Importance of Fish Friendly Culverts

Culvert at Lake Orbin. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Culvert at Lake Orbin. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Culvert replacement is an ongoing project in Kodiak and it encourages the continued health of the salmon population on the road system. Alaska Department of Fish and Game habitat biologist Will Frost explains making the salmon passage an easy one starts with the culvert design stage. Installers need to fit the size ... Read More »

Robotics Inspires Curiosity and Creativity in Youth

Siblings Divinity and Adam with dad Mike Munson. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Siblings Divinity and Adam with dad Mike Munson. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Middle-schoolers across the state who design, build, and code their own robots competed in a teleconferenced competition this past Saturday. The robotics regional qualifier is a GCI-sponsored event through First Lego League, a STEM – or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – program that challenges kids to build ... Read More »

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