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Event Encourages Shopping Local

Clothing rack. (Photo bysgarcia / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A two-day event this weekend will help support the local businesses along Mill Bay road. Uptown Shop the Rock will include food trucks, live music, and art. Participants also hope it’ll attract members of the public who’ve never visited their shops before. Every year, local businesses face more and more competition from ... Read More »

Representatives of Alaska’s Tourism Industry Gathered to Talk About Rural Tourism

Aimee Williams presenting at the Marketing Rural Tourism Summit. (Photo by Mitch Borden) Mitch Borden People are coming from all over the state to attend the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show in Kodiak this week. It’ll be the first time the conference is held in Southwest Alaska. Every year a pre-conference summit takes place and the ... Read More »

Chugach Alutiiq Teachers Preserve Language in Villages

Brandon Moonin teaches students Alutiiq in village of Tatitlek. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Moonin) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two remote learning students just graduated from a Kodiak College Alutiiq language program. They’re striving to keep the language alive in Port Graham and Tatitlek, two villages where Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people speak the regional dialect of Chugach Alutiiq. Libby Eufemio, who runs the ... Read More »

Catcher/Seller Permits in City: To Sell from Deck or Dock?

St. Paul harbor. (Photo by Raymond Bucko, SJ / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The City of Kodiak is carving out what harvester-to-consumer sale might look like within city limits. Right now, city code prohibits fishermen from selling their catch directly from the harbor. After some prompting from the community, staff is working on changing that. At a city council work session ... Read More »

Youth Supervisor Completes a Successful Summer in Ouzinkie

Mitch Borden/KMXT For years, a local program has provided valuable job training to native youth in the Kodiak region. In Ouzinkie this summer, one participant took on a job no other person has had in its history. Finding a job can be difficult in the Kodiak region. Especially if you’re young and live in a village. That’s one reason the ... Read More »

The Assembly gets an Update on the Alaska Marine Highway System Reform Project

Mitch Borden/KMXT At its work session Thursday night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly received its annual report from Mark Hickey, the borough’s lobbyist to the state legislature. One of the main topics of discussion was the Alaska Marine Highway System Reform Project, which is an effort by the South East Conference and the State of Alaska to revitalize the highway. ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Curator of Education Settles In

Natalie Trenery. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Trenery) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum hired a new curator of education this summer. Natalie Trenery says this is her first museum job. She says she used to work as a teacher’s aide and ran an art studio out of her home, where she did art classes for adults and kids. One of her ... Read More »

Sales Tax Draws Public Into Council Process

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A possible change to city sales tax drew public outcry this week. At a recent Kodiak City Council meeting, Debbie Refior was just one of the people to speak about the negative effect of sales tax on local business. She said in the past there were three car dealerships – now there’s one. “Kodiak’s my home. It’s been ... Read More »

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