Denali Commission May Need to Return $15 Million

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

The Denali Commission may have to return $15 million in federal funds. The Commission carried over the funds from various sources and obligated them to other projects.  Now Congress says it wants the money back.  That could have a major impact on projects in rural Alaska.

Denali Commission funding reached a high of $140 million from various sources in 2005 and has since been steadily declining.  Funding last year was less than $65 million.

Amid that reality, commissioners have held listening sessions in Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks and Juneau over the last month. The final session is in Nome on Wednesday at Pioneer Hall.

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