Stand for Salmon

This week on Econ 919, we look at how much was spent for and against the Stand for Salmon Initiative, and we have a "magical" update.

Voters in the central Kenai Peninsula are returning a solidly Republican delegation to Juneau.

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. 

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.


Even without all six members present Wednesday night, the Soldotna city council narrowly voted against a resolution opposing the statewide ballot measure one.



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Fish politics are a focal point this election season. A statewide ballot initiative seeking to change the state’s habitat protection laws for salmon is getting all sorts of public debate, in the news, on television and radio commercials and, in local forums.




Between this year’s low returns and a statewide ballot measure, salmon continue to be a hot topic this fall.

Edited salmon initiative OK'd for ballot

Aug 9, 2018

Backers of the ballot initiative touted to protect salmon habitat won a somewhat split decision in the Alaska Supreme Court Wednesday and it will appear on the November General Election ballot, though in edited form

The Stand for Salmon Initiative had been challenged by the Lt. Governor for making resource decisions via the ballot, which the Alaska Constitution prohibits. The Alaska Supreme Court, in a decision with one partial dissent, sent the case back to Superior Court with orders that the Lt. Governor be directed to place it on the ballot with two retractions.