Native organization doesn’t own road right of way

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2006

This letter is in response to Sunday’s (Aug. 27) article about the gate being closed on Marathon road.

Why is the gate only locked during moose season?

Mr. Stanford unveils the real reason KNA locks the gate when he say’s that for a $10 fee you can access the refuge property. I know that other Native groups charge access to their land for hunting but KNA should rethink this deal.

If it was just about the gravel KNA should restrict access to the pits. People have been target shooting in those gravel pits for many years and unfortunately have turned it into a dump. KNA has every right to be upset and restrict access to their property, but I think that for KNA to charge a fee to access Federal property might bring up some legal issues.

Maybe refuge officials should look into that aspect. I hate to see money go to lawyers and courts but officials are right about KNA not owning a road right of way. That seems arrogant to me.

Cliff Reid


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