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September 2, 2014

Proposed road to Ambler mining district faces fresh opposition along route

Opposition to the proposed ambler road continues to grow with many villages a long the corridor raising concerns and opposing the construction of the road.  The city of Bettles and the village of Evansville lie closest to the proposed road and have both passed resolutions against the construction of the road.

Alaska Dispatch reported that during a recent meeting in Bettles and Evansville Gary Hanchett, Mayor of Bettles, described Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s attitude towards both Bettles and Evansville as disrespectful.

“They said they were working with Evansville on this, and of course that only aggravated people,” Hanchett said. “And they gave us the attitude, that ‘Well, this is not really gonna stand, they’ll change their minds, and it’s only temporary.’ ”

“That was astounding,” Hanchett said. “That cavalier way is not received well by anybody.”

 

 

August 18, 2014

Communities Ponder Pros and Cons of Road to Ambler

On June 25th and 26th 2014 a two-day AIDEA sponsored meeting was held in Kotzebue to discuss the proposed road to Ambler. Tribal and city representatives attended the meetings, including those from Bettles, Huslia, Hughes, Alatna, Evansville, Ambler, Kobuk, Shungnak, as well as members of the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly and NANA and Maniilaq representatives from Kotzebue. NovaCopper president and CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse also attended.  Representatives from Allakaket chose not to attend out of protest -  stating that they had not been adequately listened to in past meetings.

 

 

August 15, 2014

Local Tribes and Cities Pass Resolutions Against the Proposed Road to Ambler

Tanana Chiefs Conference Resolution Number 2014-54

page 1: 2014-52 Opposing HB&&-1

Page 2: 2014-54 Opposing Road to Amber-1

Evansville Resolution Number 2014-01 EV Inc AMB resolution final

Kobuk Resolution Number 2014-06 Kobuk Resolution2014-6

Bettles Resolution Number 2014-06

page 1: Bettles Resolution1

Page 2: Bettles Resolution2

Allakaket Resolution 2013-43 Allakaket Resolution