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Borough assembly fails to renew its contract with the city of Kodiak for 911 services.

Kodiak Island Borough deliberates during its regular meeting. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting on Thursday (02/01), the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly failed to renew a contract with the city of Kodiak. The agreement was for the city to provide 911 services to some of the region if the borough collects a surcharge on phone lines within its ... Read More »

Kodiak’s Mayor testifies before Senate committee

Pat Branson testifying before the Senate committee. (Screenshot from Senate hearing by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The U.S. Senate committee on energy and natural resources held a hearing on natural disasters earlier this week (1/30). The city of Kodiak’s mayor Pat Branson was a part of a six-person panel and testified on the city’s recent tsunami scare. Alaska Senator Lisa ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – February 01, 2018

Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the United States and Canada failed to agree on catch reductions for halibut along the Pacific coast at the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting last week. Instead, commission regulations from last year will remain in place. Also, the Kodiak area opened for tanner crab for the first time since 2013, and it closed ... Read More »

Kids combine environmental awareness and art

Bonnie Dillard and bear sculpture. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The First Friday art walk will feature one stop that draws attention to the issue of marine debris. Last year, former teacher Bonnie Dillard led students in a project that used trash washed up on local beaches to make a series of salmon sculptures and one larger ... Read More »

Borough settles on building plans for Chiniak tsunami shelter and library

One of the documents from the tsunami shelter and library plan included in the meeting packet. (Courtesy of the Kodiak Island Borough) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough is in the planning stage of constructing a new tsunami shelter and library in Chiniak. The original structure burned down in the Twin Creeks fire in 2015, and Chiniak residents are eager ... Read More »

Council gives thumbs up to budget guidelines

The City of Kodiak sign at the Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak City Council approved its budget guidelines for the fiscal year 2019 at its last regular meeting on Thursday(1/25). The guidelines do not directly affect the city financially, but they do tell city staff how the council wants them to form the ... Read More »

Tanner crab season closes

Tanner crab. (Photo by Paul Quesnell / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The tanner crab fishery wrapped up last week. Nat Nichols, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist for the Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries, says the opening lasted roughly four days, which is about what they expected. And as far participation goes, he says a total of 55 ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Tanner Crab

On today’s Talk of the Rock, we chat about the recent tanner crab opening with Nat Nichols from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He’ll give a retrospective on the tanner crab fishery, which opened this year for the first time in Kodiak since 2013. Read More »

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