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Summer Camp Leads Kids in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Activities

Little boy doing activity with test tubes. Tubes are filled with colored water and dry ice for bubbles. Martin Cron / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A camp this summer is making science, technology, engineering and math activities accessible to young kids. St. Paul Preschool has been running camps along STEM themes all summer. That includes weeks focused on weather, engineering, and ... Read More »

Pink Salmon Season Forecast Looks Positive

Pink salmon splashes through shallows. K. Sowl / Alaska Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Kayla Desroches/KMXT It looks like numbers at this early point in the pink salmon season are settling back into a normal pattern for the Kodiak region. The pink season in the Gulf of Alaska was so bad in 2016 that the federal government issued a disaster ... Read More »

Conference Held in Kodiak to Promote Tribal Conservation Districts

View from the Near Island Bridge. Photo: Mitch Borden Mitch Borden/KMXT The Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance held a regional conference in Kodiak recently. Organizers flew in to promote local communities coming together to preserve their natural resources. It’s the last day of the Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance Regional Conference in Kodiak. Attendees and organizers are sitting in a conference room ... Read More »

Borough Plans Well for Chiniak Community

Photo from a U.S. Coast Guard overflight of the Twin Creeks fire in 2015. Kelly Parker / USCG Kayla Desroches/KMXT When the Twin Creeks fire burned the Chiniak forest in 2015, it also took with it the Chiniak library. The structure housed the community’s books, served as a meeting place for kids, and was also the local tsunami shelter. In ... Read More »

Rescue Swimmers Grant Boy’s Wish

(Far left) Petty Officer 1st Class Keola Marfil and (far right) honorary Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Bishop. Photo: Meredith Manning/USCG Mitch Borden/KMXT Recently, the rescue swimmers of Air Station Kodiak made a young boy’s dream come true. Andrew Bishop, an 8 year old from Woodland, WA qualified to have his wish to become a Coast Guard rescue swimmer granted ... Read More »

City Employees Receive Cost of Living Adjustment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Cost of living tends to be higher for Alaska cities than for many places of similar size in the Lower 48. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s publication, Alaska Economic Trends, ranks cost of living according to a scale where the average for U.S. cities is 100. That factors in things like groceries, health care, and ... Read More »

Local Special Olympics Athlete Moves Off Island

Chris Kavanaugh. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local athlete, Special Olympics strongman, and community member is moving to the Lower 48 after a lifetime in Kodiak. Chris Kavanaugh has won medals time and time again for competing in Special Olympics competitions. And he’s traveled around the world to do it. In 2011, he went to Athens, Greece for ... Read More »

New Borough Employee Looks at Setting Plan for Kodiak Resources

Maggie Slife. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last month a newcomer to Kodiak’s government, but not to Kodiak, filled the position of borough resource management officer 20-something Maggie Slife is Kodiak-raised and just took over from long-time borough employee Duane Dvorak. Slife’s background is in geological engineering, which she explains is the step right before civil engineering. She says it’s all ... Read More »

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