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Artist Turns Cardboard Into Fish

Cardboard art at library. Photo by Mark Webb-Barragan Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Kodiak local will display his cardboard-based art for First Friday this month. Cardboard is Mark Webb-Barragan’s primary medium, and he incorporates paints, pen, and other materials. Among his pieces are cut-outs of salmon, pollock, and halibut. Webb-Barragan uses pen to further define the fish he creates. He says he ... Read More »

A Surprising Amount of Pink Salmon are Filling Kodiak’s Waters

K.Mueller/USFWS/Flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT Kodiak fishermen are having a great pink salmon season compared to last year’s run. There are not only plenty of fish, but the run’s lasting longer than expected. There are a lot of pink salmon surging into Kodiak’s rivers right now, which is weird. James Jackson, a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says ... Read More »

School District Administrators Settle Into New Roles

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Monday and Tuesday were the first days of school for students in the Kodiak Island Borough School District, but also for several new administrators. Long-time Kodiak math and science teacher Mel LeVan is now Kodiak High School principal. He says he went around to all the different classrooms in the high school and shook students’ hands. “I was ... Read More »

Linguist Covers Many Meanings of One Alutiiq Word

Julia Fine. Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A linguist will dedicate the second installment in the Alutiiq Museum’s fall lecture series to one Alutiiq word. Julia Fine, a graduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara, has been coming to Kodiak for the last few years to help out on the Alutiiq language scene. She’s interned ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: First Week of School

On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches invites members of the Kodiak Island Borough School district administration onto the show to speak about the first few days of the school year. Kodiak High School Principal Mel LeVan, Middle School Principal Melissa Haffeman, and AKTEACH Principal / Director Nicole Fuerst join. Read More »

Kodiak Community Health Center is Reapplying for a Grant that Provides Financial Aid to Some Patients

Mitch Borden/KMXT People across the region depend on the Kodiak Community Health Center for basic services. Even those who usually can’t afford go see a doctor have gotten discounts for years.  The center’s now applying for a grant that will keep that practice going. But there are some other changes coming that might strain the clinic’s resources. The Kodiak Community ... Read More »

Rodeo Brings Food, Horses, Big Hair

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s Rodeo and State Fair will bring horses, motorcycles, and food to the fairgrounds this weekend. Kodiak is known for its fishing industry and its Coast Guard base, but non-residents may be surprised to learn that locals also bring rodeo expertise to the island. The fair is a well-established tradition, and Julie Kavanaugh says it’s been going on ... Read More »

Borough Completes Construction of Community Playgrounds

Old Harbor playground. Photo by Matt Gandel Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough wrapped up construction on the new village playgrounds just in time for the beginning of the school year. They started work in May and completed construction this month for a total project budget of around $870,000. Borough project manager Matt Gandel says the original wooden playgrounds dated ... Read More »

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