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Nov 28 2014
Juneau Gearing Up for New Administration
Friday, 28 November 2014

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Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

    Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will be sworn into office on Monday at Juneau's Centennial Hall. The public inauguration ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour.

    Lindsay Hobson, Walker's daughter and a campaign spokeswoman involved in the transition, says they've reserved hundreds of seats for invited guests alone.

    “Between the band, the performers, the people on stage and their families, you know, the governor and the lieutenant governor-elect's family and friends that are traveling, it's close to 500.”

    There will be seating available in the main ballroom for nearly a thousand people. Overflow seating and viewing for hundreds more will be available in the Centennial Hall lobby and at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

    Alaska Airlines is adding an extra Anchorage-to-Juneau flight on Monday morning to accommodate inauguration traffic, the campaign said in a Thanksgiving press release.

    “This is the first time in state history where we have had both an Alaskan-born governor and lieutenant governor serving together. ...You know, I think there's going to be a lot of energy, a lot of excitement. And also, it is our first nonpartisan administration in Alaska history. And the only nonpartisan governor in the United States right now. So it will be certainly one to remember.”

    Live Gavel Alaska coverage of the ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. on 360 North.org. KTOO's Casey Kelly and former APRN capitol correspondent Dave Donaldson will host the coverage.

    After the ceremony, Hobson says Walker and Mallott will head to the third floor of the Capitol building to physically assume their offices. Walker plans to stay in the Governor's Mansion Monday night.

Nov 28 2014
Kodiak Volleyball Hopes to Return to Phoenix
Friday, 28 November 2014

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

           The Kodiak High School volleyball team wrapped up its regular season earlier this month, finishing second at regions and fifth at state. But the team’s athletes won’t have to wait until next August to hit the court again, a few of them are looking to travel to Phoenix in June.
            Merissa Koller will coach the girls for the three-day tournament, which brings together teams of volleyball players from around the world.
             “And we’re all broken up into age brackets, ages 12-18.”   
             Koller said she gave out ten invitations to players, based on their performance throughout the regular season, and depending on who accepts, the team will likely register in either the 16 or 17-year-old bracket.
              Two years ago, Kodiak made a trip to Phoenix for this tournament and faired pretty well.

Nov 26 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Coming up this week, rules are changing for fishing around the Western stock of Steller sea lions, and even though they're not a food-fish, could Sea Star Wasting Disease be a harbinger of things to come in a warming ocean? And do you remember last week when we had all that rosy news about next year's salmon forecast? Well, for Sitka Sound herring, not so much. All that and: Pirate Crab! The show was made doable through the terrific writing of KUCB's Annie Ropeike in Unalaska, KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka and KSKA's Monica Gokey in Anchorage.  

Nov 26 2014
Cost of Thanksgiving in Villages Much Higher than Kodiak City
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
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Marina Cummiskey and Jay Barrett/KMXT
You may have heard the AP wire story this week that pegs Kodiak as number three on the list of communities with the most expensive Thanksgiving Day dinners in the nation. It ranks Hilo, Hawaii as the most expensive at $79.11, Honolulu at $76.73, and Kodiak at $65.12, just five cents above Juneau.
Of course, the survey published by the website Nerd Wallet only compared prices in 264 communities across the nation, and they obviously didn't get any surveyors out rural Alaska, where the cost can be much, much higher.
        The findings were based on a study by the American Farm Bureau which compared prices in the selected communities for all the fixins, including turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery, as well as pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk. The largest price increases this year were for sweet potatoes, dairy products and pumpkin pie mix, according to the Farm Bureau.
Last year, KMXT news intern Marina Cummiskey traveled to Karluk and found out what it costs and what it takes to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner there. Let's listen to that again.  
Nov 26 2014
Boro Extends Code Comment Period
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

           Folks still have time to comment on the Kodiak Island Borough’s proposed code changes. The changes come as the borough looks to revamp its codes, some of which are more than three decades old. During the Planning and Zoning committee’s meeting on Wednesday, the group unanimously approved a continuation of public hearings on the code update until mid January, with a possibility of further extending public hearings beyond that.
           Community Development Director Bob Peterson said the extension came as result of public testimony, but also a recognition that better information needed to be available to people trying to understand the changes.
           “They wanted to be responsive to public input and we talked about that we’re in the midst of preparing side by side comparisons for each zoning district old to new, so people can better understand the changes that may be there and that we’re also doing a color coded version of the draft code to show which is new language which is old language and which is changed language.”    

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