Two Southeast Alaska mines could get close to $300 million in state support under a bill moving through the Legislature.
The owner of the Niblack mining project on Prince of Wales Island continues to explore the possibility of a minerals processing plant on Gravina Island near Ketchikan.
Murkowski says the Niblack and Bokan Mountain mines could provide stable, well-paying jobs for hundreds of people. But with no roads to either site, workers would have to be boated or flown to and from the mines.
One of Southeast Alaska’s biggest stories of 2011 was reapportionment, or election district realignment.
Population shifts will cost the region two of its eight legislative seats in the 2012 elections. And some felt the way the districts were reconfigured divided close communities.