Alaska senator pushes for wildlife refuge road

By By DAN JOLING

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska U.S. senator says she may block confirmation of President Obama's choice for Interior secretary unless the administration agrees to a road that would give a remote village road access to emergency flights.

Republican Lisa Murkowski says she's considering all tools in her toolbox to ensure the safety of the people of King Cove, where dangerous winds often keep planes from landing.

Residents want a land route to nearby Cold Bay and its all-weather airport through Izembek (EYE'-zem-beck) National Wildlife Refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this month rejected a land trade that could have led to construction of the road.

Road opponents say the refuge protects internationally recognized migratory bird habitat and that the village should pursue a marine route to Cold Bay.

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