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No Bridge
By Don Hoff Jr.


February 11, 2007
Sunday PM

According to S. E. Regional Director Mal Menzies, Alaska D.O.T. said that estimated cost of bridges to Gravina Island via Pennock Island has increased by $67 million dollars! Today's costs is still at $328 million but will be $395 million by 2011-12 caused by inflation and material cost. Are you elected people nuts? America said no to a Bridge to Nowhere. The whole idea of expansion to Gravina Island through Pennock Island is ludicrous. There are only about 50 residents living on Gravina Island. Building roads and bridges for whom? There was a reason Frank Murkowski was not re-elected as Governor. The bridge to Nowhere was one of the reasons. Frank was trying to ram a bridge down our throats, so his family can get to their gold mines at Clam Cove on Gravina Island.

Gov. Sarah Palin's press Secretary Charles Fedullo said there is no money in Palin's capital budget for the project at this time. Gov. Palin has common sense that's why. The only people that want this boon-doggle bridge are people with conflicts of interest. They are realtors and loggers. These same opulent people want to build a bridge thru our Native Grave Yards on Pennock Island and further cause desecration of our Native graves. I say no! This is one big con job by a few people on taxpayers in Ketchikan and America.

Mayor Joe Williams build an under water tunnel from Wolff Point to Gravina Island as an alternative route or nothing! The tunnel will not impede any ship's navigation of the Tongass Narrows. This is my opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.
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Received February 10, 2007 - Published February 11, 2006

About: "Past City of Ketchikan City Councilman, Past Board of Director K.P.U., Past O.S.H.A. Board member/Chairman, State of Alaska, Past Councilman, Ketchikan Indian Community, Member of the Tongass Tribe indigenous to Ketchikan and surrounding lands. Plus an American Taxpayer that is broke."

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Construction estimate rises for Ketchikan bridge project - State highway officials have increased their estimate of the costs of a bridge project to the island containing Ketchikan's airport by a whopping $67 million. - Read this Anchorage Daily News story...



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