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Stevens Akutan Airport
By Rocky C. Caldero


August 07, 2007

Even with a long history of ethics violations, it is appalling that Senator Stevens is currently under a criminal investigation by the FBI and IRS.

However, I will have to agree with Senator Stevens for the need of an airport for the village of Akutan. If Akutan were to be considered a port, it would rank second for seafood volume and third for seafood value in the United States. But for some reason, Akutan is not considered a port.

Even with the volume of fish crossing the docks, this small community does not have the infrastructure to grow or improve. Dutch Harbor/Unalaska is ranked first for ports by volume and second in value within the United States. We have also had the fortune of having the Navy leave an infrastructure that could support 50,000 troops during WWII. The infrastructure left to the City of Unalaska contained an airport, a vast water supply, and several buildings, some of which have five-feet thick concrete walls. This gave a huge boost to the development to this lucrative port in the nation. While Unalaska has seen the benefits of leftover infrastructure, the only amenity left to Akutan was an abandoned whaling station.

While Senator Stevens has been a big target due to the recent criminal investigations, and vulnerable to criticism, I haven't agree with how he has been conducting himself as a Senator of 4 decades. I think it's important that we don't drag innocent communities through the mud with him.

Rocky C. Caldero
Unalaska, AK

Received August 03, 2007 - Published August 07, 2007

About: Rocky C. Caldero is a Democratic Candidate U.S. Senate Alaska,

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