The US Senate has passed the Interior Appropriations bill, which now goes to President Obama for his signature. It totals $32.25 billion dollars, and includes $13 million for village sanitation, $2.5 million for preparing timber sales in the Tongass National Forest, about $6.5 to rebuild Brooks Camp in Katmai National Park. It also contains nearly $2 million to reconstruct a campground at Chugach National Forest, as well as an infusion of funds for the Indian Health Service for compacting with Native tribes. The Interior funding bill also contains money to fence the Campbell Airstrip in Anchorage.
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC and Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
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