Ballot Measure 1

With millions of dollars being spent by Outside interests, the debate over the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1 initiative which will appear on next week's general election ballot. The League of Women Voters hosted a one-hour forum recently at the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly chambers. 

A Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters forum Thursday night in Soldotna gave supporters and opponents of Ballot Measure 1 a chance to explain their perspectives and dispel misconceptions about the measure that would expand permitting and protections for anadromous fish habitat in Alaska.

Kaitlin Vadla and Laura Rhyner, with Cook InletKeeper, spoke for the Stand for Salmon side supporting the voter imitative, while Owen Phillips and Linda Hutchings, of Soldotna, represented the Stand for Alaska movement that opposes the measure.

The panel spoke to a full house in assembly chambers at the borough building in Soldotna and covered a lot of ground. Among the questions was what myth each panelist wants to dispel about the measure.

As the Alaska general election nears, groups on both sides of the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1 have ramped up their public engagement to try and sway voters their way.

Cook Inletkeeper, an environmental watchdog group, released a letter today (Wednesday) from 58 retired state and federal agency scientists and managers who support the Stand for Salmon initiative.

Cook Inletkeeper touts them as “58 scientists NOT paid by Exxon and Pebble,” a dig at the opponents of Stand for Salmon.