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Kodiak Community Foundation Funds Three Nonprofits

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Community Foundation recently awarded grants to three local nonprofits. Ginny Austerman, the chair of the foundation advisory committee, says the organization is an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation and currently receives the bulk of its funds from the Rasmuson Foundation. Austerman says the Kodiak Community Foundation received three applicants this year and funded all of ... Read More »

Assembly to Work Out Details of Building Code Exemption for Homes Outside City

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island Borough staff is looking for a number of clarifications on how the assembly imagines the 2012 international residential code would look in the borough. This summer, the borough assembly caused tension with the Kodiak City Council when it decided to roll back to the 1997 uniform building code – in part to relax engineering requirements for ... Read More »

Coast Guard Escorts Santa to Kodiak Villages

Santa waves to the community of Danger Bay, AK, before landing to bring gifts to the children on Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Coast Guard flew out to the Kodiak communities again this winter for its Santa to the Villages program. The Coast Guard Spouses’ Association of Kodiak ... Read More »

Borough Updates Employee Union Contract

Kayla Desroches/KMXT While the City of Kodiak works out what unionization will look like for city employees, the Kodiak Island Borough has been part of a union for many years. The current borough contract expires later in December and it’s time for a new collective bargaining agreement. That’s something Borough Manager Michael Powers says has now been drafted after a ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Turns Children’s Book Into Interactive Tale

The cover of “Yaaki” by Hanna Sholl. Photo courtesy of the Alutiiq Museum Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak is bringing Alutiiq children’s books into the electronic sphere. The Alutiiq Museum paired up with partners both here and abroad to turn the books into apps for the iPhone and other Apple devices. Molly Odell, project manager at the Alutiiq Museum, says she’s been ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Robotics

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with two members of a robot-building team. The 11-year-old twins chat about a recent competition and what they learned from the challenge of constructing their own robot. Read More »

Alutiiq Language Immersion School Soon to Open

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alutiiq language immersion preschool will open next month. Teacher Michael Bach says he and his colleagues will lead classes all in Alutiiq, and it’ll be much like any other preschool. “You know, preschoolers don’t really learn about English. Like a preschooler doesn’t walk into preschool and teachers say ‘this is a preposition and this is a proverbial ... Read More »

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