U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski presented her annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature yesterday.
Her fight with the interior department over its rejection of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge was one main topic.
She vowed to get the road between king cove and cold bay built so residents there will have a way to get sick or injured people medevac'd.
The interior department rejected the road in December, saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.
She said "I would argue that we have more federal restrictions on us now than ever before. Implementation of the Roadless rule in the tongass is the latest chapter of decades of federal insult to southeasts economy, not only choking out the last of t he timber industry, but also limiting our ability to build out our renewable energy resources."