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Borough Updates Employee Union Contract


Kayla Desroches/KMXT While the City of Kodiak works out what unionization will look like for city employees, the Kodiak Island Borough has been part of a union for many years. The current borough contract expires later in December and it’s time for a new collective bargaining agreement. That’s something Borough Manager Michael Powers says has now been drafted after a ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Turns Children’s Book Into Interactive Tale

The cover of "Yaaki" by Hanna Sholl. Photo courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum

The cover of “Yaaki” by Hanna Sholl. Photo courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak is bringing Alutiiq children’s books into the electronic sphere. The Alutiiq Museum paired up with partners both here and abroad to turn the books into apps for the iPhone and other Apple devices. Molly Odell, project manager at the Alutiiq Museum, says she’s been ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Robotics


On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with two members of a robot-building team. The 11-year-old twins chat about a recent competition and what they learned from the challenge of constructing their own robot. Read More »

Alutiiq Language Immersion School Soon to Open


Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alutiiq language immersion preschool will open next month. Teacher Michael Bach says he and his colleagues will lead classes all in Alutiiq, and it’ll be much like any other preschool. “You know, preschoolers don’t really learn about English. Like a preschooler doesn’t walk into preschool and teachers say ‘this is a preposition and this is a proverbial ... Read More »

Assembly to Plan Replanting in Chiniak


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The borough has carried out timber salvage in Chiniak since the Twin Creeks fire damaged the forest, and the spruce trees will soon be due for replanting. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will review bids from two companies at its regular meeting Thursday night. Alaska-based Carter & Carter Enterprises bid around $186,300 and the other company, Future Forests, ... Read More »

Local Company Wants to Turn Slash Into Energy Source


Kayla Desroches/KMXT A business wants to buy slash – or wood debris – created from the tree salvage in Chiniak and turn it into fuel. Peter Olsen, owner of forestry company Quayanna Development Corporation, says he’s approached borough staff multiple times since the Twin Creeks fire to express interest in the slash. “Commercial timber operations could produce a considerable amount ... Read More »

Festival Brings a Little Light to the Dark Winter


Kayla Desroches/KMXT This coming Saturday, locals can wander into the Harbor Convention Center, grab a mug of hot apple cider and stand by the window with a plate full of cookies. Out that window there will be rows of vessels covered in Christmas lights. Or that’s the hope according to Toby Sullivan, executive director of the Kodiak Maritime Museum. This ... Read More »

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