9/6/03 Gabriel Spitzer - Nobel prize winner in economics Vernon Smith says the lack of private land in Alaska is the biggest barrier to economic development - Alaska Public Radio Network.  
6/16/03 Joe Gauna - Anchorage Daily News [letter] - Outdoor editor is correct; a backcountry road system is a must - There is plenty of money available, from TRAAK and SnoTrac. I absolutely agree that Don and Ted and Lisa should secure an exemption from the silly rule about bike trails next to highways, at least in some areas. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is the best agency to do this. They have engineers, planners and contract managers who know how to do this stuff, not 'parkies' and 'greenies' who know how to prevent it.
6/15/03 Associated Press - Anchorage Daily News - Bristol Bay Native group backs oil drilling - REVERSAL: Disastrous salmon seasons make drilling, even offshore, look attractive - In a dramatic turnabout, a powerful group of Bristol Bay Natives has endorsed the idea of oil development in the region, even offshore. "There is widespread to almost unanimous support for onshore, and mixed support for offshore drilling," Paul Roehl, vice president of land and development for Bristol Bay Native Corp., told Petroleum News.
6/8/03 Craig Medred - Anchorage Daily News - Motorized Alaskans wreaking havoc in Bush - State should build 'Bush roads' to avoid four-wheeler blight - Alaska needs a good trail system.  If that sounds too green for motorheads, call it a "Bush road system" -- our own, uniquely Alaskan intrastate built to accommodate not cars and trucks but four-wheelers, snowmachines and -- for those of us still preaching the benefits of exercise -- mountain bikes and hikers. Instead of pouring millions of dollars into overdesigned, overbuilt roadside bike trails used by the few, the state needs to figure out a way to get some of that money flowing into Bush trails used by the many.  A group called Alaska Trails has formed. Tireless Joe Westfall has been named its first head.
6/8/03 Associated Press - State uses new process to claim ownership of Black River - Alaska Journal of Commerce - Alaska has become the first state in the nation to claim a riverbed under a new process designed by the Bush administration to give up federal interests in some roads and waterways.

Tina Cunning, a co-chair of a state agency working group on navigable waters [said] the state believes the Black River claim and others like it are "crucially important" to establish access rights for Alaska residents.  Cunning, also serves as the Department of Fish and Game's state-federal program manager in Anchorage. "We have these thousands and thousands of rivers and lakes in the state that we thought we got title to at statehood, but that we have had to go individually to court on."

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