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Assembly Votes Down Building Code Exemptions

Members of the public at the beginning of the regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Members of the public at the beginning of the regular meeting. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the community filled the room at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly regular meeting last night, and the majority of those to speak to the assembly would comment on possible building code exemptions. The borough assembly has been considering those exemptions as a way ... Read More »

Scavenging Eagles and the Danger Downtown


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Eagles often hang around downtown in the winter to scour for food. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Bird biologist Robin Corcoran says the eagles travel from the chillier Kenai Peninsula during the cold months, and this year’s dropping temperatures means the island may be a popular location this year. However, the eagle’s scavenging also puts it at risk. That’s ... Read More »

Details on Relief Funds for Pink Salmon Disaster Declaration Still Foggy


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The pink salmon season in the Gulf of Alaska was recently declared a fishery disaster, and Representative Louise Stutes stood behind the declaration when local governments were writing to Governor Bill Walker to send it through to the federal government. The declaration puts communities in line to receive relief funds, but congress needs to approve the granting process, ... Read More »

Safety Issues Major Concern in Building Code Exemptions


Kayla Desroches/KMXT Fire and rescue service employees are concerned about how relaxing building codes for certain homes in the borough may affect the public’s safety. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is considering the exemption of some single-family residences from the building code. Last summer the borough switched from the 2012 international residential code to the 1997 uniform building code, a ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Executive Director Leaving for Lower 48


Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum executive director is moving to the Lower 48, and the museum is now searching for a person to fill her place. Tiffany Brunson joined the staff in 2012, and before that had worked as a historic archaeologist for various federal agencies. “An historic archaeologist is an archeologist, so someone who investigates the cultural material of ... Read More »

Alutiiq Language Documentary Almost Complete

A screen grab from the "Keep Talking" teaser. Courtesy of Ten Trees Productions

A screen grab from the “Keep Talking” teaser. Courtesy of Ten Trees Productions Kayla Desroches/KMXT A documentary team just came to Kodiak to screen its Alutiiq language film and get feedback. “Keep Talking” covers the revitalization of the Alutiiq language on the island, and records the effort of passing the language down from elders to the younger generation. Director Karen ... Read More »

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