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Bristol Bay and Beyond

Bristol Bay and Beyond, January 22, 2016

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A North Pole Republican wants to consolidate the University of Alaska system, lawmakers and Bristol Bay students react to Governor Bill Walker's State of the State, and a park ranger presents LEGO Katmai.

Join us Fridays for Bristol Bay and Beyond, our weekly news magazine on KDLG. The show airs at 12 pm and 6:30 pm on AM 670, and at 8:30 pm on 89.9 FM.

Coming up on this week's show, we'll have a conversation with North Pole Representative Tammie Wilson, who unveiled her plan this morning to consolidate the University of Alaska system into one university: "This is not about closing campuses," says Wilson. "This is about seeing how much more efficient we can be. And the beginning of it really about the [statewide administration], where we have the high-paying jobs, you know, Vice Deans, and Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts. Do we need all those layers?" 

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Bristol Bay students with Representative Bryce Edgmon during the first week of the legislative session.

  Then, Governor Bill Walker’s state of the state address Thursday was all about his plans to close the state's $3.5 million dollar budget deficit. We'll have a conversation with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on their reactions to Walker's speech, and hear reactions from Bristol Bay students in Juneau as well. 

Plus, we'll learn about a miniaturized version of Katmai’s Brooks Camp, built from everyone’s favorite tiny plastic bricks: "LEGOs are a lot more advanced than they were when I was a kid," says LEGO vignette creator Gavin Gardner, "so there's all sorts of swinging pieces, so the salmon actually swings back and forth like it's jumping up the falls." 

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NPS employee Gavin Gardner built this 10x16 LEGO vignette of Katmai National Park in honor of 2016's National Park Service centennial.

Those stories and more, coming up after a brief look back at some of the week’s news...

That's it for this week's Bristol Bay and Beyond, our weekly newsmagazine on KDLG. We hope you join us each Friday at 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on AM670, and at 8:30pm on 89.9 FM.

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