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Kodiak fisherman named 2017 National Fisherman Highliner

Bruce Shactler. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Shactler) Kayla Desroches/KMXT National Fisherman magazine just recognized three individuals as its 2017 National Fisherman Highliners. One of those named was Kodiak-based commercial fisherman and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute global food aid program director, Bruce Shactler. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches spoke with Shactler about the honor. Read More »

Kodiak local teaches salmon conservation through art

Leila Pyle. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A young Kodiak local is passionate about combining art with environmental education. The Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will feature some of her fish-centric works at First Friday this week. For her senior thesis at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, studio art major Leila Pyle taught salmon ecology to a ... Read More »

Local clinic works to serve its clients as its patient load almost doubles

Stethoscope. (Photo by jasleen_kaur/ Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Earlier this fall, Kodiak Island Medical Associates closed its doors. Many of its former patients are turning to the Kodiak Community Health Center for their medical needs, which is putting a little bit of pressure on the clinic’s staff. “We’ve been really busy. We were feeling it pretty significantly through the whole clinic ... Read More »

Artist mixes it up with landscape painting and portraiture

Genevieve Opheim sits painting a landscape. Her portrait of her grandmother, May, is far left. (Photo courtesy of Genevieve Opheim) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local artist will exhibit her landscape art for First Friday. Genevieve Opheim captures Kodiak’s natural beauty through photography and then uses the photos as reference for her oil paintings. And while she says she likes landscape painting ... Read More »

Santa travels to Kodiak Villages

Elf Erin Simone hands James Nelson a gift at Port Lions Priority School in 2013. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings/Coast Guard/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Next week, Santa and some of his helpers will be dropping by villages around the Kodiak Archipelago with the help of the Coast Guard. The Santa to the Villages program has been around for ... Read More »

AKTEACH decreases statewide services

Pencil. (Photo by FadderUrl / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Due to lack of funds, AKTEACH will turn away from a larger statewide presence. The organization includes services like a home school program and distance learning program and, much like village and city schools, is a part of the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Director Nicole Fuerst says a Digital Teaching Initiative ... Read More »

KHS Travel Club fundraises for summer trip

Students from the THS Travel Club at the Black Friday Pop-up Shop. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT On Black Friday in the Kodiak High School cafeteria, people were able to do a little holiday shopping at a pop-up shop put on by the KHS Travel Club. The event was to raise money for the club’s upcoming summer trip to ... Read More »

Civic engagement class encourages community volunteerism

(right to left) Professor Thia Falcone and students Jeffrey Woods and Aaron Mells. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A new class at Kodiak College this year focuses on community engagement. Professor Thia Falcone says that’s anything from volunteering with local nonprofits to daily kindnesses, like helping someone across the street. While those acts may seem small, she says they ... Read More »

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