Recent News

After Pink Salmon Disaster, Relief Funding Uncertain

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon disaster last year ate into the profits of fishermen and processors in the Gulf of Alaska, and the Kodiak area is still waiting to see if it’ll receive emergency relief funds. At a Fisheries Work Group meeting last week, fisheries analyst Heather McCarty touched on a letter some legislators, including Senator Dan Sullivan and Representative ... Read More »

Borough Seeks More Public Input on Chicken Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local government is still deciding how it should balance law and order with residents’ passion for raising chickens. Last year, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly put a hold on the enforcement of land use regulations which prohibit keeping poultry on urban residential lots, and the borough has since been trying to figure out how to better control the ... Read More »

Alaska Sea Grant in Danger of Losing Funding

Julie Matweyou. Courtesy of Alaska Sea Grant Kayla Desroches/KMXT A program which focuses on seafood safety, sustainability, and marine coastal resources both in Alaska and the Lower 48 may lose its federal funding. President Donald Trump struck the program from his Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget. Sea Grant has branches spread out across Alaska, including here in Kodiak. Julie Matweyou ... Read More »

Dog Eared Reads Episode 21

Beyond the Cover: Stacy Studebaker returns to the show again to promote her workshop, which is happening on April 29th from 10-5 at the Kodiak Public Library ($15 charge, registration required).  She also discusses a bit about her books, both her children’s books and Wildflowers and Other Plant Life of the Kodiak Area, and also talks about the trials and benefits ... Read More »

Village Farmers Explore Guard Geese and the Other Benefits of Local Growing

A White Chinese Goose similar to the one in Ouzinkie. Tracie Hall / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Island communities are growing their own produce and raising their own poultry as part of an ongoing hoop house project, and each village has its unique innovations to add in. Like beekeeping and guard geese. The participating communities of Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie ... Read More »

Sen. Stevens Takes Education Committee Chairmanship

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Gary Stevens. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Legislature Kayla Desroches/KMXT In a shuffle of re-assigned positions, Sen. Gary Stevens will now take up the chairmanship of the Senate Education Committee. Recently, Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla left the Senate Majority in protest of the direction the budget was going in and, as a result, lost seats on two committees. ... Read More »

Villages Conduct Massive Scrap Metal and Hazardous Waste Removal

Baled cubes in Ouzinkie. Courtesy of KANA Kayla Desroches/KMXT Living on an island can prove a major barrier to getting rid of large, unwanted objects like cars or fridges, especially for small communities like those in the Kodiak Archipelago. In 2015, local partners in Kodiak began the removal of scrap metal and hazardous materials from the six island communities. According ... Read More »

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