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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