METLAKATLA (AP) -- A rock quarry on Annette Island is holding economic promise for the Metlakatla indian community, hit hard by the closure of a sawmill last fall.
The community is conducting geological tests to determine if the quarry rock could be used for road building, boat harbors and other construction projects.
''I think that right now the preliminary tests look very promising,'' said Paul Brendible, Metlakatla's contracts and grants administrator.
So far, the community, with help from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program, has spent a half-million dollars on the project.
Ed Gunyah, field representative for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said if the tests pan out the quarry could stay in operation for 35 years.
''Right now all indications are that our rock will meet federal standards, Portland cement and asphalt standards,'' he said.
Gunyah said the quarry could employ up to 60 people in full-time jobs.
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