- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell says he believes Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is capable of changing her mind on allowing for a road to be built from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

Jewell rejected a proposed land swap with the state to build the road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, which shelters millions of migratory waterfowl. The city of King Cove, tribal governments and others sued, and the state joined in.

Parnell, in a release, said Jewell’s decision “put people in peril.” But he said his respect for her leads him to believe “she simply doesn’t understand.”

Parnell signed a legislative resolution in King Cove on Friday, urging Jewell to reconsider. Parnell’s signature wasn’t necessary; a spokeswoman said a signature on resolutions means the governor has reviewed them.

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