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King Cove writes to President Obama for help

By Shannon Ballard 5:31 PM July 9, 2014

King Cove residents went directly to the president for help in getting what they say is a life-saving road.

They wrote a letter President Barack Obama, pleading for his support in their effort to get a road built connecting King Cove to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay.

They claim the road is the only way to have safe, reliable access to health care.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell already told them no because the road would go through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, which is federally protected land.

The letter to the president states: “We know there is a way for this road to happen with your help.”

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor was in Anchorage Wednesday and said the department is still working with the community to come up with a solution.

“It’s a dialog that we’re going to want to continue to participate in with those communities, what our alternatives are and working with them,” Connor said. “We’re in litigation now, so I don’t want to say too much about that other than an ongoing commitment to figure out some alternative approaches for the community there.”

King Cove residents said they’re optimistic Obama will hear their voices about getting that road built.

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