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Alaska Aerospace Corporation in Negotiations to Support Israel Missile Defense Organization

Mobile operations center in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of AAC Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island’s rocket launch facility has been busy since its ribbon cutting last August. The re-opening came two years after a launch failure damaged buildings on the complex. Alaska Aerospace Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Campbell describes how, since then, AAC has signed on with both ... Read More »

Podcasting Principal Wins Digital Principal of the Year Award

Podcasting equipment, including microphone and headphones. Patrick Breitenbach / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Middle School principal is on his way out of the school district, but he’ll bring some recognition with him. Jethro Jones was one of three administrators chosen for the 2017 Digital Principal of the Year award. According to a school district press release, the National Association ... Read More »

Plastic Bag Ban Heads to Kodiak Island Borough Assembly

A screenshot from Ramin Bahrani’s short-film “Plastic Bag” about pollution.Ars Electronica / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The single-use plastic bag ban continues to inch forward. The Kodiak Island Borough Solid Waste Advisory Board, or SWAB, held a regular meeting Monday night where members of the public spoke about the distribution of plastic bags in Kodiak stores and the possible ban. So ... Read More »

Boroughs Renews Share of Animal Control Service

Kayla Desroches/KMXT When a dog gets loose and poses a threat to Kodiak residents, animal control is the service they call. Animal control also covers vaccine enforcement and responds to reports of abuse. The Kodiak Island Borough contracts with the City of Kodiak to provide those services and pays for its part of the agreement. Last week at its regular ... Read More »

Skoda Donation Goes to Local Nonprofts

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson accepts a $25,000 donation from Skoda on behalf of the Kodiak Community Foundation. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last year, the Kodiak Community Foundation received a donation from Czech car maker Skoda, and now they’re ready to select grantees. Last year, Skoda filmed a commercial in Kodiak for its SUV, Kodiaq with a q, and featured City Mayor Pat ... Read More »

A Bad Berry Year and What That Means for Kodiak Bears

Salmonberries. Photo by Melody Ayres-Griffiths / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A scientist predicts climate change could have far-reaching effects on the growth of certain berries on Kodiak Island. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge supervisory wildlife biologist Bill Pyle just wrapped up a two-year pilot study on the Island. The study helps cement the monitoring methods they’ll use to study berry growth in ... Read More »

Warmer Kodiak Seasons Mean More Fruit

Lon White prepares to water a plant inside his nursery, Strawberry Fields. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Summer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – but also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town. ... Read More »

Kodiak High School Hires New Principal

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak High School has a new principal, but he’s not a new face. Mel LeVan has taught math and science in Kodiak for about 25 years, and says he was considering retirement before applying for the position. He says he’s had 10 principals since he started, he’s helped all of them on school-wide issue, and he feels it’s ... Read More »

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