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Sun’aq Intern Helps Collar Bears and Elk

Jessica Rich with unconscious young male bear. Jerry Belant / Mississippi State University Kayla Desroches/KMXT A small number of people ever get to touch a Kodiak bear in their lifetime. Sun’aq Tribe wildlife intern, Jessica Rich, had the opportunity multiple times this summer. She participated in a study looking at how foresting could be affecting elk and bear populations on ... Read More »

The Kodiak City Council Discusses how to Balance its Budget

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak city council is trying to figure out a way to balance its budget, but finding the right plan hasn’t been easy. At its work session last night, the council didn’t find a solution, but it did schedule a special meeting for September that’ll be dedicated to hammering out a strategy. One of the things they have ... Read More »

Arts Council Holds Acting Class

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An acting class beginning Wednesday night could help prepare aspiring actors to audition for two upcoming community performances. In November, the Arts Council will put on a play called “It Happens Every Summer.” Acting class teacher, Jared Griffin, says they’ll need a cast of 30 for the play, which is set in the 1960s. “It’s about a group ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Hires Collections Manager

Michael Bach. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT An active member of the Alutiiq language scene in Kodiak has joined the Baranov Museum staff as collections manager. Michael Bach previously worked at the Alutiiq Museum and taught an Alutiiq language immersion preschool with the Sun’aq Tribe. He says his time at the Alutiiq Museum ended with the grant that funded ... Read More »

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Proposes to Change a Property Tax Exemption

Mitch Borden/KMXT Across the state of Alaska, thousands of people qualify for The Senior Citizen /Disabled Veteran’s Property Tax Exemption. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is making a proposal that could potentially limit who gets this tax break. This exemption can take $150,000 off the assessed value of a residential property, which can decrease a person’s property tax by thousands. ... Read More »

Planners of Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial Request Use of City Property

Draft design plan. Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT The organizers behind a proposed Alutiiq Ancestors’ Memorial are seeking the Kodiak City Council’s support. The group requested a site that belongs to the city, and will present to the council at its work session tonight. The memorial idea comes from the recent return of ancestral remains that archeologists took from ... Read More »

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