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Port Lions and Karluk may see their schools close next year

Kodiak High School. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly met with the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s board of education to discuss the district’s budget for the fiscal year 2019 and some major cuts it might have to make. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Borough’s board of education recently had a joint work ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: AKTEACH

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with representatives and a student from AKTEACH. They touch on the services the organization offers to the community, including home school and tutoring.   Read More »

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 »

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