Denali Commission extends comment period

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Denali Commission has extended the period for public comment on a policy affecting the allocation of federal construction dollars to Alaska's rural villages.

The agency said Monday it has extended the public comment period from Aug. 15 to early to mid-November.

Commission co-chairman Jeff Staser also has asked that he be able to explain the policy at the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives. The convention is scheduled for Oct. 20 to Oct. 25.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asked Staser for the extension after reading about the proposed policy change, said her spokeswoman Kristin Pugh. Murkowski faxed a letter to the Denali Commission asking for the extension.

The proposed investment policy spells out, for the first time, specific indicators to guide the commission's spending decisions. Among them are village size and population trends, imminent environmental threats and the relative cost of construction in the area.

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