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Kodiak hosts community forum on domestic violence

Community forum in Best Western Kodiak Harbor Room. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Members of the community touched on poverty, substance abuse, and other elements that may lead to domestic abuse at a community forum Friday. More than 20 people showed up at the Best Western Kodiak Harbor Room for the opportunity to speak with the state …

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Kodiak’s airport manager is retiring after 30 years of working with the Department of Transportation

Passengers arrive at the Kodiak Airport. (Photo by J. Stephen Conn/ Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT For over 30 years, Bruce McNeil has worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation in Kodiak. He’s currently the airport manager of the Kodiak Airport, which means his day starts early. “My phone usually starts ringing about five am and quiets about 11 [pm].” McNeil says even …

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Kodiak Island Borough Assembly talks consolidation

Assembly members deliberating. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its work session last night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly looked over a report on how combining the governments of the borough and the city of Kodiak would affect the region. Borough Manager Michael Powers said staff has gone as far as it can without devoting more resources to the …

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Cowboy event brings dutch oven cooking and themed carols

Dutch oven cooking. (Photo by Jeff Harmon / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Baptist Mission will kick off the first of December with a cowboy themed meal and performance. Assistant executive director Kelli Foreman say the event is a nod to Kodiak’s cattle ranching history and the lifestyle of some of its current residents. Foreman says she, like many local …

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McDowell Group releases 2017 Fall sockeye market analysis

Sockeye salmon schooling in Hidden Lake. (Photo by Katrina Mueller / USFWS) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Alaska sockeye is seeing a good year. The McDowell Group just released its 2017 Fall Sockeye Market Analysis, which it put together for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches spoke about the report with McDowell seafood economist Andy Wink.

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Next Step Dance Kodiak to hold showcase

Ballet shoes. (Photo by Lolo K. / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Next Step Dance Kodiak is preparing for its first performance under its new name and leadership. Mary Beth Loewen took over in June and her students will demonstrate some of their progress at its winter showcase on Saturday. “Mostly I’m just always impressed by how quickly our kids can learn …

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Port Lions and Karluk may see their schools close next year

Kodiak High School. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly met with the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s board of education to discuss the district’s budget for the fiscal year 2019 and some major cuts it might have to make. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Borough’s board of education recently had a joint work …

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Kodiak fisherman named 2017 National Fisherman Highliner

Bruce Shactler. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Shactler) Kayla Desroches/KMXT National Fisherman magazine just recognized three individuals as its 2017 National Fisherman Highliners. One of those named was Kodiak-based commercial fisherman and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute global food aid program director, Bruce Shactler. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches spoke with Shactler about the honor.

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Kodiak local teaches salmon conservation through art

Leila Pyle. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A young Kodiak local is passionate about combining art with environmental education. The Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will feature some of her fish-centric works at First Friday this week. For her senior thesis at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, studio art major Leila Pyle taught salmon ecology to a …

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Local clinic works to serve its clients as its patient load almost doubles

Stethoscope. (Photo by jasleen_kaur/ Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT Earlier this fall, Kodiak Island Medical Associates closed its doors. Many of its former patients are turning to the Kodiak Community Health Center for their medical needs, which is putting a little bit of pressure on the clinic’s staff. “We’ve been really busy. We were feeling it pretty significantly through the whole clinic …

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