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New Trunk Road Opens Early

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Trunk Road is finally finished!  I began advocating for this project in 1997, working with Valley citizens, road builders and road service supervisors to get behind a new alignment for Trunk Road as the preferred DOT alternative.  Since then I have diligently kept the moving the project forward as a top Mat-Su Borough priority, and now we have a wonderful safe new road.  Government works slow, it takes persistence to get results.

Jim

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Board of Fish Adopts Game-Changing Regs for Mat-Su

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“This is a historic day for the Mat-Su, similar to the banning of fish traps at statehood. We will look back on this action to implement conservation measures as a game-changer in restoring the once robust salmon runs in the Valley.”

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Government Peak Chalet Ribbon Cutting

Some 200 turned out to cheer the ribbon-cutting of the new Chalet at Government Peak Recreation Area. Mat-Su Ski Club President Ed Strabel, Assembly Member Jim Colver, & Alaska Rep. Shelley Hughes addressed the crowd.

Jim Colver To Run For State House

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Jim Colver

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assemblyman Jim Colver (R), of Palmer, filed a Letter of Intent today with the Alaska Public Office Commission as a candidate for State House – District 9. House District 9 includes the communities of Valdez, Delta, Glennallen, Hatcher Pass, North Palmer, the Glenn Highway, and Whittier.

“I will bring effective personal representation to the residents of District 9. It is time for a change. The residents of the District have not received their share of funding from the capital budget, and all of the major energy projects (gas pipelines) went elsewhere in the state. I will tirelessly advocate for cheaper energy sources, funding for roads, schools, and harbors to create jobs for District residents.” Colver said.

Cover has accomplished a number of projects as an Assembly member, including: a $64 million road bond for Valley roads and the construction of a road, 7.5 kilometers of ski trails and a community center- recreation facility at the new Government Peak Recreation Center at Hatcher Pass; finally, after 30 years of false starts, the project finally got underway. In addition, Colver obtained funding for new snowmachine parking to access into the Hatcher Pass area. Jim has also been a strong supporter of the rail link under construction to Port McKenzie.

“I have been successful passing legislation to spur the private sector, creating jobs and economic development. Subdivision activity in the Mat-Su Borough has picked up since my legislation to reform the platting process was adopted. My experience will help to me be able to streamline state government in order to be able to fund essential services such as education, public safety and transportation,” Colver said.

Jim on Talk of Alaska, Tuesday 10am, on game-changing salmon regs

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Talk of Alaska, the APRN statewide public radio call in show on Tuesday morning
will be about the recent conservation measures recently implemented by the Board of Fisheries designed to let salmon
pass through Cook Inlet to reach Susitna & Matanuska drainages to rebuild the once robust salmon runs

7 of 11 statewide salmon stocks of concern are in the Valley, because not enough salmon are returning to spawn to perpetuate the runs.

You can listen when it’s broadcast, or afterwards at this link.

Game change: ADN article on restoring Mat-Su Salmon

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The Alaska Board of Fisheries, in a key vote Monday, sided with Mat-Su guides and fish experts pleading for restrictions on Cook Inlet’s commercial drift gillnet fleet to save flagging Valley runs.

The board, more than halfway through a two-week session at the Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, unanimously backed the new rules for an existing plan that guides the drift fleet.

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Juneau We Have a Problem: Mat-Su Salmon Returns Are Plummeting

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Jim Colver, Vice Chair of the Fish Commission, gives a fast overview of what’s at stake.

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