- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s rejection of a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

The lawsuit, filed last month by the city of King Cove, tribal governments and individuals, challenges the department’s denial of a road through Izembek (EYE’-zem-bek) National Wildlife Refuge that could improve access to emergency flights.

The refuge is an internationally recognized habitat for migratory birds. But critics of the government’s decision say this is a life-or-death matter and that birds shouldn’t be prized over human health.

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