Recent News

Kodiak bans plastic shopping bags

Single-use plastic shopping bags on the street. (Photo by Velkr0/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its regular meeting on Thursday (1/26), the Kodiak city council voted to ban the distribution of single-use disposable plastic shopping bags by retailers within the city limits. This ban will not embargo the use of all plastic bags, but the kind given out at grocery stores that are ... Read More »

Subcommittee tackles subject of downtown transient population

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Community leaders are concerned about the transient population downtown. Members of the public have complained about harassment from people loitering in the mall area, but business owners also pinpoint theft as an issue. The Downtown Kodiak Revitalization Social Issues and Public Safety Subcommittee talked about the situation at a meeting this week. The event drew significant attendance from ... Read More »

Emergency Preparedness

This is a subject at the top of our minds this week. We thought a lot of you might be thinking about it, too, so we’ve added a page with some quick links to sites that will help you make a plan for your family, build a “go” bag, and more. This will be a permanent page on our site ... Read More »

Communication was limited in Akhiok during tsunami warning

Akhiok doesn’t have cell phone service, which proved problematic recently. (Photo by Anthony Farris/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Recently, in the city of Kodiak, leaders from the region’s rural communities discussed they face at the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum. The talks turned towards how communities reacted to the tsunami warning that affected many of Alaska’s coastal communities early Tuesday morning. ... Read More »

Alaska Fisheries Report – January 25, 2018

Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the tanner crab fishery opened in the Kodiak management area for the first time since 2013. Fishermen geared up to try their luck last week. Also, the International Pacific Halibut Commission is meeting in Portland. IPHC is looking at the total allowable catch for halibut along the West Coast, and that’s likely to ... Read More »

What sets this week’s earthquake part from the 1964 earthquake and tsunami

Alaska 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami damage. (Courtesy of NOAA’s Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey Collection) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak could have been the first coastal community hit had there been a large tsunami early Tuesday morning. A little after 12:30 a.m., the Alaska & West Coast Tsunami Warning Center reported a magnitude 7.9 earthquake roughly 175 miles southeast of ... Read More »

Main Elementary welcomes new students

Mitch Borden/KMXT Main Elementary School is growing. That’s what the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Board of Education heard at its regular meeting on Monday (1/22) from Main’s principal, Angela Chervenak. She says it’s common for the school to get more students at the beginning of the new year, and 2018 is no different. So far, the elementary school’s welcomed ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Tsunami Warning

On today’s Talk of the Rock, KMXT delves more into this morning’s tsunami warning with Dan Belanger, Earthquake & Tsunami Program Manager with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He explains why this earthquake didn’t cause a tsunami and talks about the new Kodiak area tsunami inundation maps, which were released last year. Read More »

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