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Representatives of Alaska’s Tourism Industry Gathered to Talk About Rural Tourism

Aimee Williams presenting at the Marketing Rural Tourism Summit. (Photo by Mitch Borden) Mitch Borden People are coming from all over the state to attend the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show in Kodiak this week. It’ll be the first time the conference is held in Southwest Alaska. Every year a pre-conference summit takes place and the …

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Chugach Alutiiq Teachers Preserve Language in Villages

Brandon Moonin teaches students Alutiiq in village of Tatitlek. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Moonin) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Two remote learning students just graduated from a Kodiak College Alutiiq language program. They’re striving to keep the language alive in Port Graham and Tatitlek, two villages where Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people speak the regional dialect of Chugach Alutiiq. Libby Eufemio, who runs the …

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Catcher/Seller Permits in City: To Sell from Deck or Dock?

St. Paul harbor. (Photo by Raymond Bucko, SJ / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The City of Kodiak is carving out what harvester-to-consumer sale might look like within city limits. Right now, city code prohibits fishermen from selling their catch directly from the harbor. After some prompting from the community, staff is working on changing that. At a city council work session …

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Baranov Museum Curator of Education Settles In

Natalie Trenery. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Trenery) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum hired a new curator of education this summer. Natalie Trenery says this is her first museum job. She says she used to work as a teacher’s aide and ran an art studio out of her home, where she did art classes for adults and kids. One of her …

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Board of Education Votes to Close its School in Danger Bay

Pencil and paper. (Photo by Tim Taylor/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT The community of Danger Bay didn’t see a lot of student’s turnout for school this year. After seeing low enrollment in the community, the Kodiak Island Borough School District had to make a tough decision.  Danger Bay, a logging community on Afognak Island, is facing the closure of its school. At …

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Kodiak Fisheries Work Group to Downsize

Cold Bay, AK (Photo: K. Mueller, USFWS) Kayla Desroches /KMXT The city and borough’s joint Fisheries Work Group is looking to reorganize itself. Right now, it’s required for three representatives from each the Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly to sit on the advisory group. However, not all work group members consistently attend. At a meeting yesterday, some …

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Assembly Candidates Answer Questions at Forum

Candidates wait to be asked questions.(Photo Pam Foreman) Mitch Borden/KMXT Seven of the eight candidates running for the three open seats on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly gathered for a forum Tuesday night. Assemblywoman Rebecca Skinner was unable to attend due to a prior engagement. During the forum, candidates answered questions about various issues facing the assembly. The first question …

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Odd Year, Good Salmon Season

Pink salmon. (Video still by Chris Newly) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The salmon season is winding down, and numbers show it was a good year. James Jackson, the Kodiak Commercial Salmon Area Management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says any year where fishermen harvest more than 30 million salmon is a good one, and the Kodiak area is …

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Baranov Museum Redesigns Ground Floor

A look into one of the museum’s exhibits. (Courtesy of the Baranov Museum) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum is redesigning its exhibits. Executive Director Sarah Harrington says staff reached out for public input when they began the process in 2012. “What we found is we had a lot of feedback based on the fact that our current exhibits were not …

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