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Nov 24 2014
Governor's Transition Team Meets in Public
Monday, 24 November 2014
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Joaqlin Estus/KNBA
Over the weekend, Walker-Mallott transition teams met at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Some 230 Alaskans were grouped by topics such as oil and gas, education, fisheries, fiscal policy and health care. Their task was to work toward consensus on goals, priorities, and recommended actions for incoming Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. 
Nov 24 2014
No Answers Yet on Food Safety at Narrow Cape
Monday, 24 November 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A representative from U.S. Army Missile Defense Command said it is unlikely that the organization will be able to send someone to the next Kodiak Local Emergency Planning meeting.
In a letter to Kodiak Island Borough assistant planner Jack Maker, the public affairs specialist from the Missile Defense Command said that they would prefer someone not from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation speak before the group, but they wouldn't be able to make it themselves.
According to Missile Defense spokesman John Cummings said sending a representative from Huntsville, Alabama is quote, “difficult to support.”
He did attach a brief summary of activities AAC, the Army and Missile Defense and its clean up contractors have been doing since the explosion on August 25th. 
In it, Cummings says clean up has been conducted six days a week, and additional manpower has been added to try and complete it in December.
Cummings did not address questions about what explosive or other hazardous material that still needs to be cleaned up, or if food gathered from the area will be safe to eat. Berries grow in the area and cattle and buffalo graze there, sometimes right up to Kodiak Launch Complex infrastructure. The Pasagshak River, an important salmon stream, is nearby.
Cummings did write that after clean up is complete, the next step will be to conduct an environmental investigation to determine if any residual contamination remains. He said in his letter that would include water and soil. Requests for proposals from potential clean up contractors have already been issued.
As for the failure of the rocket to launch, Cummings said an investigation is ongoing and could take a few more months to conclude. He said ACC personnel are removing KLC debris and have informed the state of Alaska's Division of Risk Management that they will be pursuing a claim through the state's insurance pool to pay for rebuilding the launch site.
Cummings said a website has been set up to take questions about the Narrow Cape clean up. http://KLC-INFO.mil-tec.com
Nov 24 2014
Four Locals on Walker-Mallott Transition Team
Monday, 24 November 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska's governor- and lieutenant governor- elect gathered members of their transition team in preparation for taking office a week from today. Bill Walker and Byron Mallott's list numbers scores of names from every corner of the state, in 17 different categories. Four Kodiak residents were selected.
Jeff Stephan, the executive director of the United Fishermen's Marketing Association, was named to the economic development team, and KANA Executive Director Andy Teuber will serve on the health care team. Jason Metrokin, a Kodiak man who is president of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, was selected for the Natural Resources team.
Outgoing State House Representative Alan Austerman and Erin Harrington, organizer of “The Salmon Project,” were named to the fisheries transition team, which has 26 members.
Former Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd is also on that team. It includes a mix of fishing interests, including several people from commercial fishing and several from the guiding industry. For example, United Fishermen of Alaska President Jerry McCune of Cordova is included, as is Ricky Gease, the executive director of the Soldotna lobbying group, Kenai River Sportsfishing.
Four members are from fisheries-dependent Southeast, including former legislator Albert Kookesh of Angoon, Mark Jensen of Petersburg, Linda Behnken of Sitka and Greg Indreland of Yakutat.
There are six from the Kenai Peninsula and seven from the Anchorage area. Only two representative hail from Western Alaska, which has suffered through very low salmon runs in recent years. They are Ragnar Alstrom of Alakanuk and former State House Representative Mary Sattler of Bethel. While there are three from Dillingham, Norm Van Vactor, Robert Heyano and former Fish Board member Russell Nelson, there are no representatives from the Alaska Peninsula or Aleutian Islands.
All these folks, and more from the other subcommittees, met over the weekend in Anchorage to begin preparing for a smooth transition from the Parnell administration. We have a list of all the Fishery Transition Team members and a link to the entire list after the jump.

Nov 24 2014
Special Assembly Meeting Tonight
Monday, 24 November 2014
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Due to some borough assembly members and staff being out of town, last week's regular Borough Assembly meeting was canceled, but the governing body is planning to make it up tonight (Monday).
A special meeting is scheduled at 6:30 for the assembly, with a lone agenda item, reviewing a letter to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, asking them to re-evaluate a recent trip limit placed on the Pollock fishery. The board of fish modified the vessel limit on pollock fishermen, reducing the trip limit from 300,00 pounds to 200,000.
The assembly’s letter states that local pollock trawlers and seafood processors are worried about potential negative impacts of vessel trip limits on their operations and the Kodiak community. It asks the board to reject the proposed reduction. 
The special meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. this evening in the borough conference room. Public comments will be accepted at the beginning and end of the meeting, and the agenda packet is available on the borough assembly’s website.
Nov 21 2014
View from the Ground Could Help Forecasts
Friday, 21 November 2014
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Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
Predicting storms in a fast-changing environment isn’t easy. But the National Weather Service is slowly working on a plan to improve their forecasts in Alaska — and across the country — by adding in the view from the ground. 
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