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Borough Plans Well for Chiniak Community

Photo from a U.S. Coast Guard overflight of the Twin Creeks fire in 2015. Kelly Parker / USCG Kayla Desroches/KMXT When the Twin Creeks fire burned the Chiniak forest in 2015, it also took with it the Chiniak library. The structure housed the community’s books, served as a meeting place for kids, and was also the local tsunami shelter. In ... Read More »

Rescue Swimmers Grant Boy’s Wish

(Far left) Petty Officer 1st Class Keola Marfil and (far right) honorary Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Bishop. Photo: Meredith Manning/USCG Mitch Borden/KMXT Recently, the rescue swimmers of Air Station Kodiak made a young boy’s dream come true. Andrew Bishop, an 8 year old from Woodland, WA qualified to have his wish to become a Coast Guard rescue swimmer granted ... Read More »

City Employees Receive Cost of Living Adjustment

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Cost of living tends to be higher for Alaska cities than for many places of similar size in the Lower 48. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s publication, Alaska Economic Trends, ranks cost of living according to a scale where the average for U.S. cities is 100. That factors in things like groceries, health care, and ... Read More »

Local Special Olympics Athlete Moves Off Island

Chris Kavanaugh. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local athlete, Special Olympics strongman, and community member is moving to the Lower 48 after a lifetime in Kodiak. Chris Kavanaugh has won medals time and time again for competing in Special Olympics competitions. And he’s traveled around the world to do it. In 2011, he went to Athens, Greece for ... Read More »

New Borough Employee Looks at Setting Plan for Kodiak Resources

Maggie Slife. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last month a newcomer to Kodiak’s government, but not to Kodiak, filled the position of borough resource management officer 20-something Maggie Slife is Kodiak-raised and just took over from long-time borough employee Duane Dvorak. Slife’s background is in geological engineering, which she explains is the step right before civil engineering. She says it’s all ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – July 13, 2017

Kayla Desroches / KMXT Coming up this week, the owner of a family-run processing plant wants to pay locals in the Kuskokwim Bay area for their coho haul. Also, scuba diving in Alaska waters isn’t just for people with a love for adventure and a tolerance for cold temperatures. It also helps the state determine what can be harvested in ... Read More »

Borough Staff Updates Assembly on Free Timber and Replanting in Chiniak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak Island Borough staff and assembly members have been planning for timber salvage and replanting in Chiniak since the Twin Creeks fire ravaged the area in 2015. Staff will update the assembly on recovery efforts at the assembly work session tonight. Resource Management Officer Maggie Slife says A-1 Timber Consultants has wrapped up logging the damaged trees. NorthWind ... Read More »

Kodiak’s City Council Discusses the Near Island Development Plan

Mitch Borden/KMXT A representative of DOWL engineering presented an update on the Near Island Development Plan to the Kodiak City Council at last night’s work session. DOWL gave them a general overview of the plan including how it began, the process it’s gone through, and its recommended land usage plan. Once the presentation was finished, the council began their discussion ... Read More »

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