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September First Friday Art Walk Includes Wildlife Refuge Theme

Kayla Desroches/KMXT This coming Labor Day weekend also ushers in Kodiak’s First Friday Art Walk. Erin Starr-Hollow, the Programs Coordinator with the Kodiak Arts Council, says the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge’s recent 75th anniversary plays into this month’s walk. In celebration of that birthday, the Camera Club together with Refuge volunteers and staff are collaborating to bring the community nature-centric ... Read More »

First Lecture in Series to Address the Art of the Kayak

Cockpit of historic Alutiiq kayak, ca. 1868.  Courtesy Presidents and Fellows of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and via

Cockpit of historic Alutiiq kayak, ca. 1868. Courtesy Presidents and Fellows of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and via Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local craftsman will lead a lecture about Alutiiq kayak carving techniques focused on one example in particular. The Alutiiq Museum is currently exhibiting a seal skin-covered kayak, which Jim Dillard says was probably crafted ... Read More »

Czech Carmaker Skoda Donates $25,000 to Kodiak Community Foundation

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson accepts a $25,000 donation from Skoda on behalf of the Kodiak Community Foundation.

Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson speaks with Skoda marketing executive Werner Eichhorn onstage in Berlin Thursday at the unveiling of the company’s new SUV, the Kodiaq. Earlier today in Berlin, the Czech automobile company Skoda unveiled its newest SUV, the “Kodiaq,” named for, and pronounced like Kodiak, Alaska, despite a spelling difference. The company, which has made cars for 100 years, ... Read More »

Assembly Regular Meeting All About Land

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s regular meeting tomorrow night is all about land: selling it, buying it, and dealing with what’s on it – like trees. Borough Manager Michael Powers says a couple of private property owners have approached the borough about their intentions to remove timber from their land, which adjoins borough property. The owners have been ... Read More »

Sun’aq Tribe to Open Alutiiq Language Immersion School for Children

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has just received a grant to begin an Alutiiq language program for preschool-aged children. Candace Branson is the tribe’s Alutiiq heritage educator and says last week Sun’aq learned that it won a five-year, almost $2 million grant from the Administration for Native Americans. Branson explains it’ll enable a whole new generation to be ... Read More »

A Reflection on Community Archaeology 2016

Patrick Saltonstall stands in front of site. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Patrick Saltonstall stands in front of site. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT This year’s Community Archaeology Program, which turns Kodiak locals into archaeologists, wrapped up this month. It was the last year digging the Kashevaroff site at Womens Bay, and Alutiiq Museum Curator of Archaeology Patrick Saltonstall says this year confirmed a lot of the conclusions they’d previously drawn. He says ... Read More »

For Kodiak College, First Day of Classes Serves as Look Forward

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Yesterday was the first day of classes for Kodiak Island Borough School District middle schoolers and high schoolers, as well as for new and returning Kodiak College students. For some, that means the end of summer. For others, it’s the beginning of an even brighter season, at least for the mind: the school season. Kodiak College Director Alan ... Read More »

Assembly Continues Interest in Conservation Easements

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two groups are asking the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly to sign a contract which would restrict development and otherwise protect the natural resources on Lesnoi-owned Termination Point and Long Island. The Great Lands Trust came before the borough last fall and at different points over the last year hoping it would accept the conservation easement on the properties, ... Read More »

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