Proponents of a road from King Cove to Cold Bay feel renewed hope under discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s administration for a different land swap than was proposed in the past.
King Cove Mayor Henry Mack said the application for the road is back before the U.S. Department of the Interior. Discussions involve setting up a federal lands appraisal process on 200 to 300 acres owned by the King Cove Corp. that could be swapped with the federal government for land to complete the road with an 11-mile connection through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to reach Cold Bay and its all-weather airport.
It’s a different day now. That’s what residents hoped when 82 out of 135 votes in King Cove were cast for President Donald Trump in the November 2016 election, said City Manager Gary Hennigh.