12/12/03 The Associated Press (Anchorage Daily News) - Governor won't object to smaller, federal deal for Afognak land - Gov. Frank Murkowski won't object to $2.5 million state buy of 2,100 acres.  The purchase is a scaled-down version of a $12.5 million, 18,000-acre deal Murkowski killed earlier this year.  Murkowski vetoed the spending from the state budget because he objected to using money that Exxon paid the state and federal governments after the 1989 Prince William Sound oil spill.  The Exxon money, held in a trust, was supposed to address problems related to the spill, Murkowski said. He also said he objects to large-scale absorption of private Native corporation lands into public conservation areas. 
6/16/03 Tom Kizzia - Anchorage Daily News - Veto stymies attempt to preserve ski trail. 
HOMER: Action comes as surprise; no state money involved
- "This is poor policy.  We need to maximize the amount of land in private ownership," Murkowski said in his veto statement.
6/16/03 Jessica Cochran - Alaska Public Radio - Afognak Island Exxon Valdez Trust purchases vetoed by Gov. (6.5k) -
6/13/03  Paula Dobbyn - Anchorage Daily News - Governor vetoes land purchase
AFOGNAK: Murkowski's decision takes Natives, politicians by surprise - Murkowski's budget director, Cheryl Frasca, said the governor vetoed the deal for philosophical reasons.  "He doesn't think it's appropriate to be using federal money to buy back ANCSA land," Frasca said, referring to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created Native corporations and settled land claims.

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