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Chiniak Replanting Begins

Sitka spruce bark. Josh Blouin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Foresters began replanting the scorched areas of Chiniak on Friday. The borough contracted with Washington-based NorthWind Forest Consultants to recover some of the forest’s former luster. It was damaged in the 2015 Twin Creeks fire. Forester David Nesheim, who is currently in Chiniak, says they’re planting Sitka Spruce sourced from the ... Read More »

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman From Shelikof Strait

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The U.S. Coast Guard medevac’d a man with a broken ankle from a fishing vessel this weekend. According to a Coast Guard press release, Anchorage watchstanders received a report Sunday that a crewmember aboard the New Dawn had been injured. The vessel was located in the Shelikof Strait area at the time. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak ... Read More »

Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Bells Flats

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A fire burned a trailer to the ground in Bells Flats this weekend. Women’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department assistant fire chief Dave Conrad says they got a report of a structural fire at about 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. “By the time that I responded with our first-in vehicle, the house was fully involved. It was a double-wide trailer, ... Read More »

Borough Assembly Renews Providence Hospital Lease

Providence hospital building. Courtesy of Providence Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Kodiak Island Borough renewed the hospital lease with Providence Health & Services Alaska. Providence and the borough have held the agreement on Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center since 1997. At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting Thursday night, Borough Manager Michael Powers said the document is the product ... Read More »

Nonprofit Ensures Continued Access to Local Trails

Trailhead for Lake Gertrude Trail. Photo byJ. Stephen Conn / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak hikers are rediscovering local trails now that the weather is nice, and the ongoing walkability of those paths is largely due to their caretakers. In some spots, the park service or the Kodiak Island Borough are responsible, but in other areas, the nonprofit Island Trails Network ... Read More »

Marijuana Industry Sees Slow Start in Kodiak Island Borough

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Marijuana. Image Courtesy of Brett Levin / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough finalized regulations for the island’s commercial marijuana industry in April, but no businesses have sprung up yet. The new code outlines what cultivation, testing, and commercial sale would look within the borough, and it was the product of months of work from the Kodiak Island Borough ... Read More »

Assembly Passes Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The right of neighbors to give input on private property came up at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last night. Since last year, the assembly has been working on an ordinance that would permit accessory dwelling units in certain residential districts. ADUs are living areas with their own kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and entrance that are located ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – June 15, 2017

On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, a scientific study claims that the1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill had less of an impact on the declines in salmon and herring numbers than previously thought. And, in Bristol Bay, local fabricators are expanding into building set net skiffs. They’re customizing those vessels to suit fishermen’s needs. We had help this week from Alaska Public ... Read More »

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