- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker is traveling to Washington, D.C., for the swearing in Tuesday of Alaska’s new U.S. senator, Dan Sullivan.

Sullivan, a Republican, defeated incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in November.

Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang says Walker also plans to meet with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and is trying to set up meetings with others before returning to Alaska late Wednesday.

She says the Jewell meeting will mainly be introductory, a chance for the two to meet after previously speaking over the phone.

Jang said one issue that could come up is a road through a wildlife refuge from King Cove to Cold Bay. She said Walker supports efforts, backed by the prior state administration, to allow for a road. Jewell rejected a road.

A lawsuit over the denial is pending.

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