From pins to mittens to crab, Walker reports array of gifts

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When you're governor, you get swag — gifts that are protocol from other government officials or pleasantries from people you meet as part of your travels or duties.

    Posted Monday, May 9th, 2016 9:30am by Colt Dylan

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When you're governor, you get swag — gifts that are protocol from other government officials or pleasantries from people you meet as part of your travels or duties.

    Since taking office, Gov. Bill Walker reported receiving a wide array of gifts. They range from calendars, pins and books to sea otter mittens, duck calls and a silver-plated framed photograph of Norway's king, from the king himself.

    The gifts were reported in ethics disclosures filed by Walker.

    Walker says a gift often reflects the values or priorities of a government or dignitary, and his administration tries to reciprocate by giving Alaska-made gifts.

    He says gifts may help break the ice and show respect but the purpose of any meeting is to further the interests of Alaskans.

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