Kayla Desroches, KMXT - Kodiak

Kayla Deroches is a reporter at KMXT in Kodiak.
Alexandrium is a genus of dinoflagellates that leads to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. This cell was identified by a team of researchers at NOAA’s biotoxin testing lab in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of NOAA).

Researchers developing cheaper, faster monitoring method for PSP

Researchers are developing a field test kit that would make it easier to monitor for paralytic shellfish poisoning. Project partners include NOAA researchers from the lower 48 as well as community testers based on Kodiak Island and in the Alaska Peninsula.

Alaska Aerospace Corporation launches into new period on island

Kodiak’s rocket launch facility has entered a new period on the island and will soon be active again. Listen now

Company makes a business out of playing in nature

Two adventurers have turned a hobby into a career and now spend their time traveling the country and recording trails via video so that other people can hike, bike, run, and ride them. Listen now
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Kodiak Airport runway extension example of compromise

A recently completed runway extension at the Kodiak Airport originally produced environmental concerns among local groups and a tribal organization, but some members of the community say they’re satisfied with the compromise that was reached.

Knife discovered at Kodiak Community Archaeology site

The Alutiiq Museum’s Community Archeology program led to the discovery of a knife this week. Listen now

Kodiak Island Borough has highest rent in Alaska

The Kodiak Island Borough has the highest rent in the state. That’s according to a publication from the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development that looks at the cost of living in Alaska and economic trends for July 2016. Listen now
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North Pacific Fishery Management Council sets intentions towards new entrants

When it comes to trawl bycatch management in the Gulf of Alaska, many members of the fishing industry are concerned about the future for new entrants.

Two marine mammal specialists conduct Kodiak’s first whale survey of 2016

Last summer, a mass die-off of at least 40 whales under unknown circumstances caused NOAA to declare an “unusual mortality event.” Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago. Download Audio

Researchers analyzing ash over Kodiak

Researchers are trying to determine whether strong winds blowing over the Valley of 10,000 Smokes on the Alaska Peninsula can transport dangerous amounts of ash into the Kodiak environment.

Researchers want to expand markets for roe

Researchers in Kodiak want to open up new markets and expand existing ones for a popular fish product. This delicacy is what you might imagine people at cocktail parties eating over stock market discussions. It’s also good with tortilla chips: roe.

Rare Aluutiq quiver now part of Kodiak Museum

Kodiak's Alutiiq Museum recently acquired a quiver that is a rare example of Alutiiq craftsmanship. Sven Haakanson is Curator of Native American Anthropology at the Burke Museum and recently passed the quiver – and the arrow that comes with it - along to the Alutiiq Museum. Download Audio

Kodiak fisherman launches new project: canning label-lined trash cans

The next time you walk into a Kodiak business, you may notice a flailing salmon out of the corner of your eye. That’s one image that now decorates trashcans around town. It’s part of fisherman Bruce Schactler’s plan to turn historic canning labels into beautiful garbage cans – a project which he launched after he noticed the same trend in Oregon.

Kodiak resident appointed interim deputy commissioner of Alaska Department of Education

A long-time Kodiak resident and former school administrator recently stepped into the position of Interim Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Betty Walters began her new set of responsibilities Wednesday.

Kodiak ancestral remains to return home

After a struggle that’s lasted more than a decade, ancestral remains long removed from the Kodiak Archipelago will soon return home.

Breakwater project funded in Port Lions

Port Lions just obtained federal funding for a breakwater construction that will help ease the wear and tear on its harbor. The project will be completed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which works on the construction and maintenance of water resources and other forms of infrastructure. Bruce Sexauer is the chief of the civil works branch at the Alaska District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and says additional breakwater is necessary to provide complete protection for Port Lion’s harbor.

Kodiak police focusing on better training following Pletnikoff incident

The Kodiak Police Department is working to improve its staff’s sensitivity towards people with special needs. That includes new approaches to identifying members of the community affected by autism.

Air Station Kodiak Helicopter Pilot Earns Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross is America’s oldest military aviation award and none too easy to earn – it’s only awarded for remarkable acts of heroism. Like what happened south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts one February morning in 2015. A little after 8:30am, the same time many of us are getting to work, a helicopter team from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hovered above a fishing vessel stranded in nine-foot seas and 40 mph winds with conditions worsening. One of the pilots – now based in Kodiak - won a Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts that day.

Kodiak food co-op grows fresh produce for island residents

The majority of Kodiak’s produce is imported, which means the city and especially the villages often get old fruits and vegetables at higher prices than people in the Lower 48. One Kodiak food cooperative is in its second year of trying to remedy that.

Alaska VA tests pilot program in Kodiak

The Anchorage branch of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will hold a claims clinic in Kodiak this weekend. Veterans and their family members will be able to meet with Veterans Benefits Representatives, who will help them in making new claims and moving claims along, as well as provide other assistance like answering questions on pending claims.

Pollock skins for Fido!

Like many pet owners, you may toss your dog tidbits from your plate – a fatty piece of meat here, a bit of fish skin there. Well, a couple of University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are experimenting with turning some of Alaska’s finest scraps into dog treats.