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View Diary: Sen. Murkowski pondering 'hold' on Sally Jewell's nomination over rejection of remote Aleutian road (189 comments)

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  •  It's a tough question. (10+ / 0-)

    I think a hold is always a bad idea, but at least this threat is tangentially related to the position for which the nominee is named.

    A Wilderness area is designated by Congress and has the highest level of protection from human infringement. A part of Joshua Tree National Park has a designated Wilderness area where we could not even take a jeep out to rescue a stranded hiker. Strictly off limits.

    And yet, the people who have made King Cove their home for hundreds of years are entitled to access emergency health care.

    According to the Fish & Wildlife Service Report:

    In November 2010, the Aleutians East Borough decided to suspend hovercraft services between King Cove and Cold Bay. If the proposed road through the refuge is not constructed, the Borough has indicated that it will develop an alternative transportation link between King Cove and Cold Bay. The Borough has indicated that an aluminum landing craft/passenger ferry could be more technically and financially viable than a hovercraft.
    Which makes me wonder why Sen Murkowski is insisting on the road when there are other alternatives.

    Only in the darkness can you see the stars - Martin Luther King, Jr

    by Susan Grigsby on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:45:00 PM PST

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