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PhD Student Researches Monitoring Program and Fishermen’s Preferences


Kayla Desroches/KMXT A University of Alaska Fairbanks PhD candidate is studying how halibut fishermen feel about bycatch and data collection. Elizabeth Figus says in spring 2015, she went to four different halibut fishing communities in Southeast and interviewed 78 fishermen. She says one preliminary finding pointed to fishermen’s opinions about monitoring methods and the observer program. “I found that pretty ... Read More »

Assembly Passes Resolution Asking for Stop to Fishery Cuts

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed a resolution last night at its regular meeting asking the Alaska Legislature and Governor Bill Walker not to make any more cuts to the fisheries budget. Assemblywoman Rebecca Skinner, who wrote the motion, said the resolution originated in the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group. She said this year budget cuts have already prevented ... Read More »

Frame Shop to Exhibit Illustrated Children’s Book

Archer and Ember illustration. By Anjanette Larsen-Vainio

Archer and Ember illustration. By Anjanette Larsen-Vainio Kayla Desroches/KMXT This month’s First Friday Art Walk brings with it a selection of exhibits across town, including one children’s book based on two Siberian huskies. They belong to Krystin Leghorn, who says the book “An Alaskan Adventure with Archer and Ember” follows her two dogs across Kodiak as they run into various ... Read More »

Borough Marijuana Task Force Decides on Zoning for Commercial Marijuana Business


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Borough Marijuana Task Force met Tuesday night and decided to permit commercial marijuana growth in certain residential districts. The motion was to allow residential cultivation permits with a conditional use permit in RR, RR1 and RR2, which are rural areas, and prohibit it in R1, R2, and R3. Jonathan Strong, who sits on both the city’s marijuana ... Read More »

Six Applicants Line-up for Vacant Assembly Seat


Kayla Desroches/KMXT When he became borough mayor, Dan Rohrer left an open Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat behind him, and the assembly has a number of applicants to choose from to fill that seat. Two of them ran for the positions that Scott Smiley and Matt Van Daele won at the recent election. They’re Ocean Beauty plant manager James Turner, ... Read More »

the Alaska Fisheries Report 3 Nov. 2016


Coming up this week in the wake of Halloween, river monsters and ghost ships. I’m not kidding. We also get more details on the seafood volume that crossed the docks in southeast last year, and it’s always a process to expand a harbor. We had help from KSTK’s Aaron Bolton in Wrangell, KUAC’s Dan Bross in Fairbanks, KHNS’ Abbey Collins in ... Read More »

Kodiak Government Drafts Resolution Requesting Stop to Fisheries Cuts


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Local Kodiak government will put forth a resolution asking Governor Bill Walker and the Alaska Legislature not to cut the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Department or commercial fisheries budget any further. Kodiak Island Assembly members Kyle Crow and Rebecca Skinner are sponsoring the resolution and, at an assembly work session last week, Skinner explained why a ... Read More »

Kodiak Nonprofits Note Minor Decreases in Funds From PFD Donation Program


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Nonprofits in Alaska benefit from Pick Click Give, a program that allows Alaskans to direct all or part of their Permanent Fund Dividend to their cause of choice, but this year there’s been a drop in their overall donations. Some local Kodiak nonprofits have also noticed a decrease, but they’re not sure Governor Walker’s decision to slash the ... Read More »

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