Murkowski turns down Greenpeace invitation

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Members of the environmental group Greenpeace are coming to the capital city Friday, but they're not likely to get an audience with the governor.

Gov. Frank Murkowski has turned down two invitations to meet with the international environmental group.

Murkowski's spokesman, John Manly, said the governor is not snubbing the group. He's just had a really packed schedule.

The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza was in Ketchikan last week as part of a trip through Southeast Alaska to protest logging in the Tongass.

When the activists found out the governor who supports logging in the Tongass was also in Ketchikan, they invited him aboard the boat, but he turned them down.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Nancy Hwa said the environmentalists also asked to meet with Murkowski when they reach Juneau, but his office told them he'll be out of town.

The Greenpeace ship is supposed to be in Juneau through Aug. 27th.

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