Latest Alaska Clean Water Initiative Stories
If you could pass a law not just punishing a rapist, but preventing the rape from occurring in the first place, why wouldn't you? Alaska voters may, in effect, have that chance on Tuesday - by approving a law that might prevent the wholesale pillaging of a pristine area with what would be the largest open mine in the Western hemisphere.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaskans were given an option when voting for an initiative in their primary election: mining or fish. They chose mining. With more than 84 percent of votes tallied today, the measure was declared dead with more than 57 percent of voters rejecting it.
By William Yardley Just up the fish-rich rivers that surround this tiny bush town on Bristol Bay is a discovery of copper and gold so vast and valuable that no one seems able to measure it all. Then again, no one really knows the value of the rivers, either.
By Margaret Bauman, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 27--A clean water initiative on the Aug. 26 statewide election ballot to limit the discharge of certain toxic pollutants into state's waterways, has become a focal point in increasingly heated debates on the future of Alaska mining.
By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 24--Alaskans are being deluged with TV, print and radio ads asking them to vote for or against Ballot Measure 4, which seeks voter approval for more water quality regulations for large mines.
By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 22--The friends and foes of Ballot Measure 4, the proposed state law seeking tougher pollution standards for large, new mines, can't seem to find much to agree on.
By Elizabeth Bluemink, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 4--The Alaska Supreme Court issued a order Thursday allowing a "Clean Water" initiative to go on the statewide ballot in August.
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