Recent News

Manager Questions Borough’s Past Budgeting Practices

The Kodiak Island Borough government is pretty new at the top, with the mayor, manager and finance director all coming aboard in 2016. As a result, the budget under consideration for the fiscal year that begins in July is somewhat new ground. “I’m trying to think of the best way of putting this,” said Borough Manager Michael Powers at last ... Read More »

Assembly Modifies ‘Robert’s Rules’ For Borough Meetings

At Thursday’s regular meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly took five minutes out of the four-hour-long meeting and performed some housekeeping on the portion of the borough code dealing with their own procedures. The assembly voted to allow the postponing of “action items,” that is, things on the agenda that need to be voted on – for farther into the ... Read More »

Author Presents History of Icelandic Women at Sea

Seawomen of Iceland cover. Courtesy of margaretwillsonbooks.com Kayla Desroches/KMXT An author coming to Kodiak will speak on her book, “Seawomen of Iceland,” which covers the history of women on fishing vessels in Icelandic waters. Author Margaret Willson has a background in fishing and now works as an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington with the Department of Anthropology ... Read More »

Turning Scrap Metal Into Word Art

Artwork by Miranda and Malachi Stohl. Photo courtesy of Miranda Stohl Kayla Desroches/KMXT First Friday today brings with it another round of local talent, and that includes a couple who turns metal scraps into word art. Miranda Stohl explains she and her husband search the junk yard for unique car hoods and doors, wash them, and cut them into their ... Read More »

Assembly Votes Down Building Code Exemptions

Members of the public at the beginning of the regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the community filled the room at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last night, and the majority of those to speak to the assembly would comment on possible building code exemptions. The borough assembly has been considering those exemptions as a way ... Read More »

Scavenging Eagles and the Danger Downtown

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Eagles often hang around downtown in the winter to scour for food. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Bird biologist Robin Corcoran says the eagles travel from the chillier Kenai Peninsula during the cold months, and this year’s dropping temperatures means the island may be a popular location this year. However, the eagle’s scavenging also puts it at risk. That’s ... Read More »

Details on Relief Funds for Pink Salmon Disaster Declaration Still Foggy

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon season in the Gulf of Alaska was recently declared a fishery disaster, and Representative Louise Stutes stood behind the declaration when local governments were writing to Governor Bill Walker to send it through to the federal government. The declaration puts communities in line to receive relief funds, but congress needs to approve the granting process, ... Read More »

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