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King Cove Health and Safety News

Anchorage Daily News Articles
King Cove-Cold Bay road returns to center stage June 11, 2007
Costly hovercraft at center of Western Alaska controversy August 22, 2007
Congress considers King Cove land swap for road to Cold Bay Nov. 1 2007
King Cove land swap bill moves forward April 24, 2008
Longtime stewards of the Izembek Refuge deserve a road May 31, 2008
Izembek road plan back before Congress September 21,2008
All King Cove wants is a short gravel road for safe access November 15, 2008
King Cove road project on hold until January November 17, 2008
Izembek road wins support in US Senate January 12, 2009
King Cove cheers wilderness vote January 15, 2009
Izembek road delayed when bill containing it stalls in US House 03/19/09

U.S. House OKs lands bill that permits refuge road planning 03/25/09
A look at key provisions in wilderness bill 03/25/09

Alaska Journal of Commerce
The road to King Cove hits refuge bump October 7, 2007
Land swap to provide for King Cove road project still in question May 11,2008
King Cove-Cold Bay road access closer to reality 1/23/09

Dutch Harbor Fisherman Articles
Hovercraft to connect King Cove, Cold Bay May 10, 2007
Alaska delegation backs wildlife refuge land swap July 5, 2007
Hovercraft begins King Cove service August 9, 2007
King Cove ‘optimistic’ about land swap for road easement April 24, 2008
King Cove road bill advances in Senate September 19, 2008
Congress approves measure that could lead to road through Aleutians refuge March 25, 2009

Kodiak Daily Mirror
Debate continues over road through refuge connecting King Cove, Cold Bay
October 10, 2007

Fairbanks Daily News - Miner
House panel to vote on Izembek Road proposal April 23, 2008

Land trade is a deal Congress should make room for the King Cove road
October 12, 2008
Neither blot nor blemish January 16, 2009
House passes bill to expand wilderness in 9 states; Alaska road project included 3/25/09
In the public interest
President Obama signs the King Cove land swap
April 1, 2009

Voice of the Times Commentary
King Cove road could save lives June 14, 2007
King Cove Road struggle goes on November 3, 2007
King Cove Road makes progress April 25, 2008
A step forward on King Cove road April 28, 2008

Washington Post
In Alaska, a Road Marked With Controversy July 23, 2007

Proposed Road in Refuge Raises Fears About Drilling November 9, 2008
A Road to Somewhere Letter by Sen. Lisa Murkowski November 17, 2008
Senate Approves Contested Alaskan Road Project March 19,2009
Obama Signs Major Land Conservation Law March 30, 2009

National Fisherman
King Cove's road to reason December 2007

KTUU Channel 2 News
A Dividing Line part 1 May 19,2008
A Dividing Line part 2 May 20,2008
A Dividing Line part 3 May 21,2008
Izembek road gaining momentum in Senate 9/11/08

Senate approves bill for Izembek road 01/15/09
Bill allowing Izembek road awaits president's pen 3/25/09
Obama signs off on Izembek land swap 3/30/09

KTVA Channel 11 News
U.S. Senate Passes Alaska Peninsula Refuge Enhancement Act 03/19/09
Refuge Enhancement Act heads to White House 3/25/09

KIMO Channel 13 News
First Step to Cold Bay Road Taken March 19,2009

KDLG radio station
The Izembek Extension Act May Soon Be in Front of the US Senate

Alaska Public Radio Network
Izembek refuge land swap legislation passes senate in massive lands bill
January 15, 2009
Senate Passes Izembek Land Swap–Again 03/19/09

Indian Country Today
Seeking a safe travel route in Alaska 8/25/08
Sarah Palin shows evidence of support for Aleuts in Alaska 10/17/08

Congressional Quarterly
Alaskan ‘Road to Somewhere’ Would Provide Airport Access, Run Through Wetlands 9/11/08

Associated Press
Palin-backed wilderness road passes Senate panel 9/11/08

New York Times
Swapping Land for a Road to Somewhere Divides Alaskans 9/26/08

Wilderness Bill Clears the House on Its Second Go-Round 3/26/09
Enviro groups press Salazar to kill Alaska road project April 2, 2009

Miami Herald
For village in Alaska, public lands bill brings hope of a road 3/26/09

King Cove School students express their hope for a road through the Izembek

King Cove is a remarkably beautiful community nestled between numerous volcanoes. However, it is often plagued by gale force winds or fog. It can be a life-threatening situation for people needing to access major medical facilities in Anchorage via Cold Bay’s all-weather airport during medical emergencies. Since 1979, eleven people have died after flying in this flight corridor during questionable weather.

In 1998, a similar effort with considerably less land was proposed as part of the exchange leading to a right-of-way road between King Cove and Cold Bay. It was rejected after conservation groups lobbied against it. As a compromise, Congress appropriated $37.5 million under the King Cove Health and Safety Act for improvements to the King Cove medical clinic, airport and a road/marine transportation system link between the two cities. However, the small community is unable to attract doctors with the skill level needed to handle emergencies. A multi-million dollar hovercraft was also purchased to ferry residents to the Cold Bay airport. But studies show the Aleutians East Borough, the owner of the craft, cannot financially support the hovercraft over the long term and doesn’t have a large enough population base to support it. According to the report, the annual deficit would amount to more than $500,000.
Annual King Cove Women's Club Chrismas Program
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