Recent News

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 »

Two People Missing in Marmot Bay

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two people are missing after a fishing vessel capsized 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 the area. The Miss Destinee had toppled following impact from a large wave. The good Samaritan vessel reported it had rescued ... Read More »

House of Representatives Passes KEA Expansion Bill

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Electric Association is trying to speed up an expansion to its Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project, and the process is one legislative step closer to completion. KEA wants to use up to 20 acres of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge to build an extension to the project. With that comes a lot of paperwork and authorizations, some ... Read More »

Alutiiq Word of the Week Program Turns 20

Kayla Desroches/KMXT This week is the 20th anniversary of a program that helped build Alutiiq language awareness on Kodiak Island. The Alutiiq Museum airs the Alutiiq Word of the Week on KMXT Public Radio in short segments, prints it in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, and posts the podcast to its website. It also archives Alutiiq words, their pronunciations, and their ... Read More »

Kodiak Middle Schoolers Build Drones on UAA Campus

Kayla Desroches/KMXT More than 50 middle schoolers recently finished a five-day course where they built and tested drones on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, and three of the students were Kodiak kids. The camp is part of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, or ANSEP, which guides kids in the STEM track all the way from middle school ... Read More »

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