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Nov 13 2014
Volleyball Travel Delayed, Forces Forfeit
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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            Kodiak’s recent rain streak has kept many folks from flying to and from the island, including some of the community’s young athletes. The Kodiak High School Volleyball Team was scheduled to fly out Wednesday morning for the 4A State Volleyball Tournament, but when the flight was cancelled, coaches and school administrators had to look at other options.
             The team ended up catching the State Ferry Tustumena and arrived in Homer Thursday morning. However, with a match scheduled at 1 p.m. in Anchorage, the team was on a tight timeline to make their first round of tournament play against South Anchorage. It takes about four hours to get to Anchorage from Homer. When it started to look like they weren’t going to make the 1 p.m. play time, JV Coach Merissa Koller said South’s coaches lobbied to push the match until 3 p.m. She said they were very generous with Kodiak, and even offered to pay some of the team’s travel expenses.
                Unfortunately, the match wasn’t postponed and Kodiak ended up having to forfeit when they couldn’t make it in time. This pushed them down to the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament, before they even touched a volleyball.
                The team made it to Anchorage early this evening, so they will be able to play Friday against Fairbanks’ West Valley at 1 p.m. West Valley lost to Colony in an upset today.
                 Koller said the girls are bummed they missed their opening round, but happy they didn’t miss the tournament all together. She said they know they’ll need to fight their way out of the loser’s bracket and come back from the travel hiccups.

 
Nov 13 2014
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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Coming up this week, reaction to the ballot initiative to protect Bristol Bay salmon that passed last week, the Canadian acknowledgment that mines on rivers that cross from the border into Alaska is of little comfort to some Alaskans, and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, KFSK's Angela Denning in Petersburg and KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer.  

 
Nov 13 2014
Horizon Lines Selling Alaska Assets
Thursday, 13 November 2014
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Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
    A major domestic shipping company in Alaska is breaking up. Horizon Lines will sell off its routes in Alaska and Hawaii after years of mounting debt. 
    Horizon started moving cargo in Alaska 50 years ago. Back then, the company was still known as Sea-Land. And they hadn’t gone through the string of mergers and sales that have become common in the shipping industry. 
    As Horizon has changed hands, it’s been stacking up debt -- more than a half a billion dollars’ worth. 
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Nov 13 2014
Fiscal Situation 'Beyond Critical,' Says Juneau Lobbyist
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

           With the legislative session quickly approaching, Kodiak’s governing bodies are trying to get the best picture possible for what things might look like in Juneau this year. On Monday night, the City Council heard from its lobbyist, Ray Gillespie, about what’s forecasted for the upcoming session.
           Gillespie said times are tough, and the biggest issue will likely be how to fund public services statewide.
            “When the legislature adjourned last April, their forecast average price per barrel of oil was $105 per barrel. Even at that price they had to authorize a withdrawl form our savings account of $1.4 billion. That’s at $105 per barrel.”   
            Gillespie said the price per barrel on Monday was just over $79 per barrel.
            “What that does is almost doubles that draw that we’re going to have to make from our savings. So if our average price goes to $95 per barrel, we’re going to draw $2.2 billion out of our savings. If it’s at $85 we’re going to draw $2.9 billion out of savings. That’s a huge some of money.”
             He said that is just for last year. If you combine it with the current fiscal year, plus the budget the legislature will be working on during the session, it’s possible the state could spend half of its savings within the next year and a half.
             “That’s $6 billion, we have about $11.5 to $12 billion in our various savings accounts. So the situation is beyond critical.”

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Nov 13 2014
Pavlof Volcano Awakens
Thursday, 13 November 2014
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Pavlof, with low-level ash emission, viewed from Cold Bay, around 5 pm AST, November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of Robert Nielson. 

 

Annie Ropeik/KUCB
    Pavlof Volcano is awake again on the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports that Pavlof, quote-”has entered a new phase of eruptive activity.”

    Last night [Wednesday] the volcano was upgraded from ‘normal’ to ‘watch’ status -- the middle tier of their system, indicating heightened unrest.

    The AVO reports that Pavlof is spewing ash up to 9,000 feet above sea level, visible in neighboring Cold Bay. Scientists also saw increased seismic activity at the volcano yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon.

    Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the state -- but it’s been quiet since June, when it erupted for about a week. During that event, Pavlof sent up an ash plume more than 20,000 feet and caused a string of local flight cancellations. There is no word of any flight problems so far from the latest eruption.

    The volcano’s eruptions have been known to escalate quickly, according to the AVO. They can last just a few days, or as long as several weeks. 

 
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