The Alutiiq Dancers Celebrates 30th Year

(Left to right) Alyssa Madrid, Margaret Roberts, and Candace Branson, past and present members of the Alutiiq Dancers. Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The traditional Alutiiq song and dance group, the Alutiiq Dancers, celebrates its 30th year this week. The group formed in 1987, and Margaret Roberts was one of its original members. They took inspiration from ... Read More »

Man Returns Alutiiq Lamp to Kodiak Island

This stone lamp was found by Calvin Fair at Chief Cove in western Kodiak around 1987. It has been returned to Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum. Photo by Clark Fair Kayla Desroches/KMXT Artifacts sometimes end up in attics or storage boxes miles away from their places of origin. That was the case for one object that started on Kodiak Island and found ... Read More »

Assembly Candidate: Don Roberts

Mitch Borden/KMXT There are eight people running for the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly this year. To help our listeners get to know the candidates, KMXT will be airing profiles of them every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the election. KMXT sat down with Don Roberts to talk about why he thinks he should be on the borough assembly. Don ... Read More »

Russian River Flooding is Affecting Kodiak Residents

Leta Street flooded by the Russian River. Andrew Finke Mitch Borden/KMXT The Russian River flooded last week in Kodiak leaving some residents scrambling to address the damage. KMXT went to down to the water’s edge and has the story. Larry Evans woke up in the middle of the night and thought he should throw another log into his wood stove. ... Read More »

Groups Conserve Habitat on Afognak Island

Thorsheim drainage on Afognak Island. Courtesy of Great Land Trust Kayla Desroches/KMXT An initiative to conserve one coastal habitat in the Kodiak Archipelago is now complete. The Thorsheim drainage on Afognak Island includes almost two thousand acres of natural habitat. It’s now safe from development and tree harvest. The executive director of the organization that mediated the agreement, Ellen Kazary ... Read More »

Artist Turns Cardboard Into Fish

Cardboard art at library. Photo by Mark Webb-Barragan Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Kodiak local will display his cardboard-based art for First Friday this month. Cardboard is Mark Webb-Barragan’s primary medium, and he incorporates paints, pen, and other materials. Among his pieces are cut-outs of salmon, pollock, and halibut. Webb-Barragan uses pen to further define the fish he creates. He says he ... Read More »

A Surprising Amount of Pink Salmon are Filling Kodiak’s Waters

K.Mueller/USFWS/Flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT Kodiak fishermen are having a great pink salmon season compared to last year’s run. There are not only plenty of fish, but the run’s lasting longer than expected. There are a lot of pink salmon surging into Kodiak’s rivers right now, which is weird. James Jackson, a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says ... Read More »

Linguist Covers Many Meanings of One Alutiiq Word

Julia Fine. Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A linguist will dedicate the second installment in the Alutiiq Museum’s fall lecture series to one Alutiiq word. Julia Fine, a graduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara, has been coming to Kodiak for the last few years to help out on the Alutiiq language scene. She’s interned ... Read More »

Borough Completes Construction of Community Playgrounds

Old Harbor playground. Photo by Matt Gandel Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough wrapped up construction on the new village playgrounds just in time for the beginning of the school year. They started work in May and completed construction this month for a total project budget of around $870,000. Borough project manager Matt Gandel says the original wooden playgrounds dated ... Read More »

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