July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

Think About It……….                                                                    July 16, 2014

Well the Feds are at it again, but this time local Alaskans and soon the State of Alaska is standing up to be counted. It’s all about a much needed road between the village of King Cove and Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

Basically, the people of King Cove and the state feel that the road is mandatory. They say it’s all about protecting the lives of human beings. To make it happen, the State of Alaska offered a land trade with U.S. Department of the Interior. The trade would give the Feds far more acreage….97.5 square miles of state land for less than 3 square miles of the Refuge.

Interior rejects the idea of the new 11 miles of gravel road which would complete the 30 mile length to Cold Bay. It would run along the edge of Izembek Lagoon. Secretary Sally Jewell feels that the road might threaten the world’s largest known bed of eelgrass.  The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is a recognized habitat for migratory birds such as Pacific Brant and Steller’s eiders as they head south for the winter.

King Cove, home to 938 Alaskans, and the State, are demanding the access for the road so that residents would have over-land access to the large airport at Cold Bay. Right now medical emergencies must taken by air and weather is often not conducive to flights. In announcing the court suit, Della Trumble, a representative of the village said “This is all about protecting the lives of human beings.” The lawsuit claims Interiors rejection of a land swap so the road can be built is a violation of federal law and arbitrary because no other reasonable transportation alternative exist.

King Cove Mayor, Henry Mack said that eleven people have been medically evacuated so far this year. “We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t lost any lives this year during these challenging medivacs.”

The lawsuit said that one man, this year, has been medically evacuated to Cold Bay four times after heart attacks. After one episode, when planes could’nt fly, he was carried on a crab boat and hoisted to the dock in a crab pot because he could not climb the 25 foot ladder topside.

King Cove residents contend the department is trading human lives for eel grass and birds.

One can only hope the lawsuit is won by the village and the state and that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is forced to make the land trade and allow the road. Certainly a little traveled road around the edge of the Izembek Lagoon will harm an insignificant amount of eel grass,  and make timely medical evacuations possible regardless of weather.

Think About It!      7-16-14

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  1. john 16 July, 2014, 10:55

    More political grandstanding, this time it’s not Young or Murkowski, (though expect them to chime in again soon), no, this time it’s Parnell again, who hasn’t a use for a use for a state attorney unless it’s to bring frivolous lawsuits against the feds.

    And how many of Parnell’s lawsuits has he won? You ever hear of him winning any of his many lawsuits against the feds? No, you don’t. Why? Because he loses.

    The state loses every time wasting millions upon millions of public dollars on political stunts and wing nut fantasies.

    How many places don’t have roads that you never hear one word said? No, this proposed road has been the subject of Republican grandstanding for years and years. It’s been adjudicated, legislated, it’s been hashed over and used as political fundraising for years. The end result is always the same.

    Expect Captain Zero to lose again and waste some more public money on high paid lawyers seeking frivolous lawsuits against the feds just so he can bolster his wing nut credibility among the wingnuttiest.

  2. inez 16 July, 2014, 20:55

    If they road could be used for medical emergencies OK, but I have heard from locals it is about moving fish easier and not so much for medical reasons . I do not believe the hype that the state is putting out there.

  3. BLUFF BUNNY 17 July, 2014, 14:14

    Does eel grass pay taxes? Do Brants and eiders?

    Do studies show that this road will kill all the eel grass, Brants and eiders? They have been studying this road for years….has there been any substantial reduction in the eel grass, Brants or eiders?

    If not, can’t the federal government allow 3 square miles in trade for 97.5 miles for a ROAD, that will not be used all that often? I mean, once again, the government puts nebulous entities and unproven suppositions ahead of human needs.

    What’s new? Surely, 938 residents will not all be out there burning up the road…….

    How many of those environmental fanatics will be using this road…..

  4. Bob 17 July, 2014, 21:49

    I remember a road construction being held up by an Eagles nest. Interesting how the tree fell during a slight windstorm. Even had a clean break. Road construction continued.

  5. life long Alaskan 19 July, 2014, 14:18

    Why sue the feds just punch through road through. If they want to fine the state for it who cares if we pay it it would probably be the cheapest road built yet in the state. What real power does the feds have over the will of the people. None unless we give it to them.

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