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Kodiak Local Reappointed to Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Governor Bill Walker announced 42 appointments to Boards and Commissions last week. One of the reappointments is Kodiak’s Thomas Walters to the Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors. The Alaska Aerospace Corporation runs a launch facility in Pasagshak and contracts with both private companies and government entities. It’s participated in missile defense tests with the U.S. Department of Defense’s ... Read More »

Alutiiq Museum Project Specialist Now Gallery Manager

Kayla Desroches/KMXT An Alutiiq Museum employee is switching over to a new position at the store front. Kodiak local Rebecca Pruitt has been a project specialist at the museum for about four years, supporting the programs the Alutiiq Museum was able to provide through various grants it won. She also sometimes filled in at the storefront at the museum entrance. ... Read More »

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Mariner North of Port Moller

Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Coast Guard helicopter crew from air station Kodiak came to the rescue of a mariner about 14 miles north of Port Moller on Tuesday. According to a Coast Guard press release, the 43-foot gill netter Transit was stuck in the surf for an unspecified reason and “taking on water.” Two good Samaritan vessels tried to help, but ... Read More »

Chiniak Burn Area Open for Firewood Collection

Firewood. Liz West / Flickr Kayla Desroches/KMXT Piles of wood debris line the road following tree salvage in Chiniak. Starting today, people are free to take them. Both wood harvest and replanting is complete, and borough resource management officer Maggie Slife says the borough wants to give the community the chance to stock up on firewood. She says there’s both ... Read More »

Discussion on Proposed 911 Surcharge Continued at Last Night’s Borough Work Session

Man holding phone. Martin Cathrae/ Flickr Mitch Borden/KMXT At last night’s work session, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly looked at a proposed increase to a surcharge on local phone lines that supports the region’s enhanced 911 system.The assembly had postponed the discussion at their last regular meeting due to a lack of information on this topic. Currently, the surcharge is ... Read More »

Local Teen Sets Out On A Trip To The Arctic

(Photo:Lwp Kommunikáció) Mitch Borden/KMXT An expedition will soon set out to explore the arctic waters of Canada and Greenland. One of those departing on this journey is Caden Peterson, a 17 year old from Old Harbor. Students On Ice is the organization behind this excursion. Their mission is to educate youth about the importance of the arctic. They’ve gathered a ... Read More »

Madsen Bear Statue Replacement Arrives

Artist Stan Watts works on the clay model during one stage of making the bear sculpture. Photo by Vic Barnes Kayla Desroches/KMXT It’s usually bad news when brown bears wander into town, but the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center plans to set one up on its corner. The bear is 12-foot tall, just a little bigger than the average ... Read More »

Pink Salmon Season Going Strong

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The area-wide pink salmon opens again today.  After last year’s poor harvest, this season’s run is still looking strong. According to an update from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist James Jackson, fishermen harvested 1.5 million pink salmon during this last opener, which wrapped up July 24. That’s about 300,000 fish a day. Jackson writes ... Read More »

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