Coastal Management initiative hearings begin on peninsula
By McKibben Jackinsky
The first of 10 hearings to be held around the state on a ballot proposal to establish a new Alaska Coastal Management Program will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna.
The ballot measure, which will appear on the Aug. 28 primary election ballot, would revive the coastal management program that expired in 2011 after legislators and Gov. Sean Parnell were unable to reach agreement on extending the program. The program allowed for local input for federal permitting decisions that impacted oil and gas projects, mining, tourism, fishing and forestries.
According to Cameron Eggers, administrative assistant and scheduler to Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, all 10 hearings will be teleconferences.
"We want to make sure if people can't get out, they can get their voice heard," said Eggers.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers are located at 144 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna. To participate by phone, call (800) 315-6338, code 6025#. Written comments can be emailed by July 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other hearings will be held:
July 3, Inupiat Heritage Center, Barrow, 4-7 p.m.;
July 9, Anchorage (statewide teleconference), Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 9 a.m.-noon;
July 9, Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, Wasilla, 5-9 p.m.;
July 10, Kotzebue, Alaska National Guard Armory, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
July 11, Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough Council Chambers, 4-7 p.m.;
July 12, Kodiak, Kodiak High School Commons, 4-7 p.m.;
July 23, Bethel, Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, 4-7 p.m.;
July 25, Ketchikan, White Cliff Building Assembly Chambers, 4-7 p.m.;
July 26, Juneau, the Assembly Chambers, 4-7 p.m.
For more information, call (907) 269-7460.
McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at email@example.com.