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At Joint Work Session, Updates on Marijuana Legislation and Consolidation


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council are continuing in their effort to keep each other in the loop following an agreement to improve communication between the borough and city. Tonight they’ll hold a joint work session to update each other on issues important to the entire community. Along with updates from the borough lands committee, ... Read More »

Community Plans for Hydroponic Growing Facility


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The organizers behind the 2016 Kodiak Strong Planning Day are reaching out to the community to stand behind the goal of establishing a hydroponic growing facility. Merissa Koller Williams, Healthy Tomorrows director and Planning Day organizer, says the hope is that the facility will be powered using renewable energy. “You can grow a lot of stuff in really ... Read More »

Ground Squirrel: Invasive Species or Native to Island?


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 »

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard medevac’d a fisherman from Shelikof Strait this weekend. On Sunday morning, the captain of the fishing vessel Transit sent a request for assistance to Coast Guard sector Anchorage, saying that a crewmember was experiencing seizure-like symptoms. Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the location. Once there, they hoisted ... 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 »

Kodiak Community Foundation Funds Three Nonprofits


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Community Foundation recently awarded grants to three local nonprofits. Ginny Austerman, the chair of the foundation advisory committee, says the organization is an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation and currently receives the bulk of its funds from the Rasmuson Foundation. Austerman says the Kodiak Community Foundation received three applicants this year and funded all of ... Read More »

Assembly to Work Out Details of Building Code Exemption for Homes Outside City


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island Borough staff is looking for a number of clarifications on how the assembly imagines the 2012 international residential code would look in the borough. This summer, the borough assembly caused tension with the Kodiak City Council when it decided to roll back to the 1997 uniform building code – in part to relax engineering requirements for ... Read More »

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