Skip to comments.The Government Shouldn’t Value Bears Over People
Posted on 04/15/2018 8:45:18 AM PDT by reaganaut1
King Cove, Alaska
I watched my daughter nearly die in a plane crashbecause of a misguided view of how best to protect nesting swans and foraging bears. She was in a single-engine plane with four others in 2010, when it was forced to the ground by a sudden downdraft while approaching our towns little airstrip. Imagine standing by helplessly as your childs plane collides with the runway. Thankfully, the pilot was able to pull the nose up at the last moment, which prevented a catastrophe and saved all on board.
Almost every family here has a similar tale of a close call or tragedy. There are no roads leading to King Cove, a fishing village of about 1,000 people 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, so frequent flying is a must. But the villages short, 3,000-foot gravel runway sits in a wind tunnel between volcanic mountains. Even worse, the airstrip is closed for an average of more than 100 days each year because of poor weather. Thats dangerous when someone has a serious medical needa heart attack or childbirthand needs to get to Anchorage.
The Cold Bay Airport, 18 miles away, has a 10,000-foot paved runway built to accommodate jet fighters. It is closed fewer than 10 days a year. The trouble is getting from King Cove to Cold Bay.
When weather makes it dangerous to fly by small plane or go by boat, the only lifeline available is the helicopter rescue crews at U.S. Coast Guard Station Kodiak. For years they have been our guardian angels, descending in all conditions, and at great personal risk, to ferry the sick and injured to Cold Bayat a cost to federal taxpayers of up to $210,000 a mission.
A few miles of roadsingle-lane, gravel, restricted usecould change that.
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I am not subscribing to the WSJ to read this story so I’m not sure where she’s going with the article.
Last I heard, Zinke had approved a plan working out something to get the road built - I hope those plans have not gone awry:
Secretary Zinke Approves Initial Plan to Build a Life-Saving Road for Alaska Native Village of King Cove
This was a reversal of what Sally Jewell said:
Feds to Alaskans: No road for humans, lots of land for animals
During an August visit to Alaska, Jewell was told that building a road that connects King Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.
She stood up in the gymnasium and told those kids, Ive listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals, Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local television station. You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium.
Paywall - no thanks
Bears on one hand or on the other hand the likes of Hellary, Mueller, Soetoro or Soros. I’m going with the bears.
There’s never enough of “other people’s money!” There’s always a project that “absolutely needs funding!” Say hello to $21 trillion in debt!
My human United States government should value humans, in particular United States citizens and legal residents of the United States. Second, it should value the written Constitution of the United States of America. That is its job.
Pay to view? Why bother posting this?
The reason why China is now pulling ahead of us economically is because they don’t allow a handful of self-haters, like our environmentalists, shut down economic growth. Perhaps they’ve gone a bit too far in the other direction, but now that they’ve achieved their growth goals, they can work on cleaning up stuff...which they are doing, slowly though.
If you live up there
Don’t whine about fed guv ok ?
Seriously. You’re CHOOSING to be wilderness boy or girl
Live with that choice
I spend much time far far away from anyone and no one would ever find me there if I ate shiite
Alaska ? Come on ! It’s -40 there 6 months a year
“The Government Shouldnt”??? Do you think “government” cares what YOU think they should or shouldn’t do?
What is “government”? There is no “government”. There are only government officials, bureaucrats, and workers. What do they think about every day? ONE THING: how can I make more money doing what I’m doing? Answer: GROW MY department, MY bureaucracy and SPEND YOUR MONEY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
Standard government budget practice: if you don’t spend all your allotment, you’ll get less next year.
That is ALL “government” cares about. Government is the MOTHER of ALL GREED for YOUR MONEY.
NUKE the unconstitutional 80% of the $4 trillion federal government.
MAGA by RESTORING our Free Constitutional Republic.
Look how it values Bald Eagles over unborn American Citizens...
I shudda read ahead...
Most Americans do not realize that Alaska has almost no road system. If only environmentalists were required to live in the places they make rules for. So few of them know squat about the things they think they understand.
In my many years, most environmentalists make rules on how to milk a bull, but not a one has ever tried.
Let the locals put in a road for free, the Goobermint will cost a few billion to do the same thing. The problem is doing it the government way, not the road itself.
Jarbidge Shovel Brigade.
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