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Borough Maps Monashka Trails, From Deer Social Zones to Bear Latrines

Borough map of Monashka and Termination Point area. Courtesy of Kodiak Island Borough Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is trying to better manage Monashka Mountain trails. Before they can figure out a management plan for those individual trails, they need to gather data on where they go and what’s along them. The Parks and Recreation Committee went over that ... Read More »

School Board Passes Kodiak Island Borough School District Budget

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough School District budget went into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on Saturday. The Board of Education finalized that document at its regular meeting earlier in June. This year’s budget adds up to about $45,500,000. That’s a change from last year’s amount of roughly $48,500,000. During discussion, board member Duncan Fields ... Read More »

Hope Community Resources Transfers Program to Homer Organization

Kayla Desroches/KMXT There’s less government money to spread around to nonprofits this year. Hope Community Resources for instance has seen cuts in state dollars, its largest funding source. Starting on the first day of the fiscal year, July 1, Hope Community Resources transferred its Kodiak Short-Term Assistance and Referral Program, or STAR program, to the Independent Living Center in Homer. ... Read More »

Dog Eared Reads – Episode 23

In this episode of Dog Eared Reads, you’ll hear about some hot summer reads! Mat Freeman reviews Jack Reacher books, by Lee Childs; Laurie shares a profile of 1 of her favorite authors, Louise Erdrich; Jan gives a book review on Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan, Katie tells about the upcoming puppet show at the Kodiak Public ... Read More »

Looks Like a Bad Year for Island Seabird Populations

Arctic Terns. Photo by Bryan Wilkins / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT A biologist recently returned from a survey of seabirds on Kodiak Island, and she says some colony numbers have decreased this summer. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge bird biologist Robin Corcoran says terns are having a difficult year. She says there are three colonies on the road system: at the Pasagashak ... Read More »

Without Fines, SWAB Tries Warnings and Education for Proper Garbage Removal

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the borough Solid Waste Advisory Board say there’s an ongoing issue with people leaving large items where they don’t belong. That means Alaska Waste employees and Kodiak Island Borough maintenance mechanics need to drive around to dumpsters and transport items, anything from radiators to TVs, says Engineering and Facilities Department Director Bob Tucker Tucker says they’d ... Read More »

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Two Missing People

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two people missing in Marmot Bay. According to a Coast Guard press release, at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning, watchstanders in Anchorage got a mayday from a good Samaritan vessel in Kodiak waters. The Miss Destinee had toppled following impact from a large wave. The good Samaritan vessel, El Caporal, reported ... Read More »

Borough Seeks Public Comment on Cell Tower Ordinance

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is looking into writing an ordinance that regulates the construction of cell towers and similar structures. The borough held a meeting Wednesday night to reach out to the community and incorporate public input. Borough Associate Planner Daniel Mckenna-Foster said he hasn’t gotten any written complaints, but people have commented that they don’t like how ... Read More »

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