Gravina Road Project
By Don Hoff Jr.
July 05, 2007
This is a retort to Malcolm Menzies, DOT&PF Southeast Regional
Director. I do appreciate the additional information that further
fuels my opposition to the Gravina Island 3.2 miles road project
that will cost the Alaskans and American tax payers 25.7 million
dollars. I want to make a few clarifications on some of your
Correct me if I am wrong, didn't Seley, Inc recently build a
3 or 4 miles of new road on Gravina Island from Seley's lumber
mill to Lewis Reef Point? The timber industry is going to directly
benefit from this proposed public road construction.
The public road will access only 1,000 acres of a few privately
owned lands. Why should Alaskans and American tax payer pay
for access road for a few individuals? Let the land developers
take all the risks with their own money for this proposed road
on Gravina Island.
"Gravina Access Project is the Ketchikan Gateway Borough
master plan, developed by the community leaders with public input
and open deliberation". I strongly disagree with that statement.
The only people that attended these public meetings were politicians,
Gravina land owners and land developers that all have a conflict
of interest. Who says these local politicians or so called leaders
are making any right decisions? The Republican gravy train is
Gravina Island should remain pristine and remain a subsistence
use land for hikers, campers, hunters, fishing in pristine streams
and for the tourist to see. We have to worry about environmental
impact issues of sediment and erosion problems in spawning streams,
wetlands, and muskegs and encroachment on the wildlife that is
slowly disappearing and being destroyed. My family since time
and memorial had a summer fish camp that belongs to Gaanax adi
Clan of the Taan ta Kwaan on Gravina Island.
One thing I do agree with Mr. Menzies about is it costs Alaskans
and American taxpayers a lot of money for road construction in
Alaska. We can save 25.2 million dollars to more worthy road
projects elsewhere in Ketchikan or Alaska. The road to nowhere
is a more worthless proposed project than the bridge to nowhere.
In closing, I believe the rookie
Governor Palin has made better and more important decisions by
mistake in six months than ex-Governor Frank Murkowski did on
purpose in his term as Governor of Alaska. I will hope Governor
Palin will make another good decision by ceasing any funding
for the proposed 3.2 mile road on Gravina Island. This is my
Don Hoff Jr.
Received July 05, 2007 - Published
July 05, 2007
About: "Past City of
Ketchikan City Vice Mayor and 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 (Taan ta Kwaan)indigenous to Ketchikan and surrounding
lands and includes Gravina Island. An "American Taxpayer
that is broke."
Road project By Malcom Menzies
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