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Congress Defends Coast Guard

Maggie Wall/KMXT Congress didn’t take lightly a proposed $1 billion budget cut for the guard which was unveiled last week. And while any budget figures this early in the process are likely to see many changes along the way, signers to a letter supporting the Coast Guard didn’t waste time in making sure budget writers know just how important the ... Read More »

The Alaska Fisheries Report

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Maggie Wall/KMXT Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report… In Juneau, legislators debate the merits of raising the fuel tax. A measure would require skippers to collect taxes from their crew and send it to the State Revenue Department. And the Senate Resources Committee hears from several Alaskans nominated for the Board of Fish. Meanwhile, on the other side of ... Read More »

Dog Eared Reads Episode 20

Lively LibChats: Katie Baxter from the Kodiak Public Library is joined by Velma Vining who discusses her work with the children’s services department of the Coast Guard, and how she is finding resources to bring the Aluutiq culture and language to children that are new to town. The Long Review: Jordana Long, board member of KPLA, brings her family into ... Read More »

Agriculture Workshops Covers Policy and Marketing Produce

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT An agriculture workshop this week will focus on organic farming, food policy, and marketing locally grown food. Kodiak Healthy Tomorrows organized the event and invited Minnesota-based Kathy Zeman to speak. Zeman, an operations manager for the Minnesota Farmer’s Market Association and owner of Simple Harvest Farm, says people need to look at the actual cost of producing cheap ... Read More »

When it Comes to Cabbage, Bigger Could be Better

A giant cabbage at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer in 2009. Travis / Flickr

A giant cabbage at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer in 2009. Travis / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT The United States has sometimes been said to follow the “bigger is better,” philosophy, from trucks to portions sizes. Well, why not apply that same idea to a slightly healthier American product? Like a vegetable. Or, specifically, a cabbage. Midge Short is an ... Read More »

City to Update Birch St. Water and Sewer System

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT A piece of Kodiak’s history is buried beneath the ground in the form of pipes. City public works director Mark Kozak says the water and sewer system in the Aleutian Homes is from the original 1950s construction, and the city has been slowly rebuilding in that area since 2006. The Kodiak City Public Works Department is now looking ... Read More »

Kodiak Girl Scout to Receive Recognition for Life-Saving Effort

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT This weekend, a young local will receive a Girl Scouts Medal of Honor. The award recognizes those who have been part of a life-saving effort, and last year only 30 Girl Scouts earned the prize nationwide. At a Girl Scouts Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, event Saturday, 13-year-old Krista Simpler will take home the medal. Krista ... Read More »

Fire District 1 Seeks Borough Loan

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Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Fire District 1 Board hopes to get a loan from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and direct it to the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department’s new tanker and engine. Board chairman Paul Van Dyke sat before the assembly at its work session last night to speak on behalf of Bayside, which recently got assembly approval for the purchase ... Read More »

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