Recent News

Port Lions is Getting a New Fire Truck

Mitch Borden/KMXT A fire truck was recently donated to the city of Port Lions, but there are still some details to be worked out before it arrives. Kathryn Adkins, Port Lion’s city clerk, says the community was looking for a substitute for their current fire truck because it’s old and needs repairs. “ We wanted to get that over to ... Read More »

Coast Guard Foundation Grants Education Funds to Kodiak Students

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard Foundation awarded scholarships to four Kodiak students this year. The foundation is a non-profit geared toward helping Coast Guard families pursue degrees in higher education. According to the Coast Guard Foundation press release, during its 27 years of existence it’s provided aspiring students with more than $4.7 million dollars in funds. This year, it granted ... Read More »

P & Z Approves Rezone of Former Jackson’s Mobile Home Park

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Borough Planning and Zoning Commission approved a rezone and subdivision on the property formerly known as Jackson’s Mobile Home Park. At its regular meeting last week, P & Z reviewed the request from new property owner Kevin Suydam to rezone the land on Spruce Cape road from R-3 multifamily to R-1 single family. Suydam stepped up at ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Wild Salmon Legacy Act

On today’s Talk of the Rock, Representative Louise Stutes talks about her bill, HB 199, also known as the Wild Salmon Legacy Act. It strives to strengthen the protection for salmon habitats in Alaska through a reformation of the permitting process and clearer permitting guidelines. Also joining are fisherman Brent Watkins and Trout Unlimited representative Sam Snyder. Later, host Kayla ... Read More »

Deer Hunters May be Seeing More Bears This Year

Lisa Hupp/USFWS Mitch Borden/KMXT Deer Hunters on Kodiak Island need to be careful of bears this season. That’s because this year there’s a shortage of berries Kodiak brown bears depend on for food. This includes salmon berries and elderberries. Bill Pyle, supervisory wildlife biologist for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, says this lack of food will affect how bears act. ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Amps Up Social Media Presence

Christina Thompson. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository’s new events specialist is in charge of putting the museum on the social media radar. Kodiak-born Christina Thompson says the organization already has a presence on Facebook, and she’s focused on image-based sites like Instagram. “Everybody’s on social media. Twelve-year-olds have cell phones right now, so ... Read More »

Warmer Temperatures May Disrupt the Kodiak Bear’s Diet

Bright red elderberries ripe for bears to harvest. Caroline Cheung / USFWS Kayla Desroches/KMXT Climate change may be throwing off the Kodiak bear’s eating equilibrium. Research says that, on years with warmer spring temperatures, elderberries ripen several weeks earlier than normal. William Deacy, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University, just published findings from a multi-year study of bears on ... Read More »

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