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KIB Election Profile: Matt Van Daele

Matt VanDaele Matt Van Daele is running for Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and has his eye on Kodiak’s housing situation. Van Daele, who works as Koniag’s Lands and Resources Manager and also sits on the Borough Lands Committee, says the borough needs to work on opening up land in order to jumpstart the economy and revitalize the community. He says ... Read More »

KIB Assembly Election Profile: James Turner

James Turner James Turner is running for a seat on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, and as a write-in, he almost slipped under the radar. Turner, who is the plant manager at Ocean Beauty, says he turned in his paperwork a little bit late. “I had plans on bringing in the paperwork on time, but got a little busy that ... Read More »

The Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, The Blob is not only back, but it turns out it never really left us; and so how is climate change affecting our fisheries? All that, could offshore surveys be predicting an improving king run on the Yukon? We had help from Alaska Energy Desk’s Zoe Sobel and Annie Feidt, and KIYU’s Tim Bodony. Read More »

Municipal Election 2016

The Kodiak Island Borough Municipal Election is Tuesday, which means people interested in joining local government have put their names on the ballot. Here’s an overview of some of the community members running for local seats. For the entire list of candidates for borough positions, check out the borough’s election pamphlet, and to learn more the City of Kodiak’s election, ... Read More »

KIB Assembly Election Profile: Monique Lewis

Monique Lewis, far left, talks at candidate forum. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Monique Lewis is running in Tuesday’s municipal election and wants to add the position of Kodiak Island Borough Assemblywoman to her current public service, which includes volunteering as a firefighter and sitting on the Chiniak library board of directors. Lewis says she has a desire to serve, and ... Read More »

Lecture Covers the Stitch That Kept the Alutiiq Kayaker Dry

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A special stitch is what historically kept Alutiiq kayakers dry, and one crafter will walk her audience through the sewing method at a lecture tonight. The talk is part of the Alutiiq Museum’s fall lecture series. Kodiak local Susan Malutin says Alaska Natives in every region use a waterproof stitch. “The techniques of constructing it and the different ... Read More »

Assemblyman Joins Ballot to Continue in Seat

Kayla Desroches/KMXT One community member who joined the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly this summer hopes to continue serving. Scott Smiley joined the assembly in June, following Mel Stephen’s resignation in April. While Stephens did not explicitly state his reasons, he stepped down shortly after the assembly decided to hire current Borough Manager Michael Powers. Smiley says more than a year ... Read More »

Shuyak Cleanup Proves Surprising and Challenging

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A local nonprofit is close to finishing up this year’s marine debris cleanup on Shuyak Island. Volunteers and staff with Island Trails Network kayaked along the shoreline and stockpiled the debris on the beaches there. Director of Education, Outreach, and Marine Programs Tom Pogson says they’ve so far removed roughly 75 percent of the garbage Pogson says the ... Read More »

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