junior senator, Lisa Murkowski was in Kodiak over the weekend. She visited the
Coast Guard base to praise those involved in the Alaska Ranger rescue earlier
this year, and held a community meeting at Fishermen’s Hall. She also dropped
by the KMXT studio to chat with Jay Barrett.
Murkowski pins a medal to the chest of rescue swimmer Obrien Hollow, at a ceremony on base Saturday. (USCG Kurt Fredrickson photo)
Lisa Murkowski isn’t – like the rest of Alaska’s congressional delegation – on
the campaign trail this year, but she’s been through a handful of Alaska cities
and towns during the Memorial Day break. And despite the rain, she did make it
into Kodiak on Saturday.
-- (Lisa 1 39 sec “… and just to say
D.C. this year Murkowski pushed unsuccessfully to have a tax break bill for
plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill lawsuit included in the recently
passed farm bill. But, she says she’s not giving up, and with a Supreme Court
ruling expected this month, the issue is timelier than ever.
-- (Lisa 2 25 sec “… unless and
until there are no other options.”)
fact that all three remaining presidential hopefuls are against drilling in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Murkowski thinks she can make the case that
drilling there is vital to national security:
-- (Lisa 3 36 sec “…him to look at
it, this is a national security issue.”)
said she hopes the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which is meeting
here this week, will hear from fishermen over the way they and the town were
affected by crab rationalization:
-- (Lisa 4 28 sec “… way the plan
was written, was a healthy one.”)
that the sign of a good governing body, like the council, is when it is able to
critically re-examine its past decisions in light of new information, and make
the adjustments needed to benefit the largest amount of people.