22nd Alaska State Legislature
Information from Representative Jeannette James (R)
House Majority Leader



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State Capitol, Room 214
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Toll Free: (800) 565-3742
Phone: (907) 465-3743
Fax: (907) 465-2381

Personal Web Site:
www.repjames.org

Interim:
post office:
PO Box 56622
North Pole, AK 99705
Phone: (907) 488-9339
Fax: (907) 488-4271
location:
3340 Badger Road
Beaver Brook Mall, Suite 290
North Pole, AK 99705
Phone: (907) 488-1546

Sponsor Statement for HB 244
Right-of-Way Denali Borough for RR Utility Corridor

An Act relating to a grant of state land to the Denali Borough for a railroad and utility corridor and a railroad development project; repealing provisions relating to a grant of a right-of-way of land for a railroad and utility corridor to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; and providing for an effective date.
Released: April 12, 2001
Contact: Richard Schmitz, Legislative Aide to Rep. Jeannette James,
at (907) 465-3743

In order to help bring about economic development in the Denali Borough, and to relieve a bottleneck at the single entrance to Denali National Park, many Alaskans have strongly supported a new route into the park -- for tourists and for Alaskans alike.

In 1998 HB 386 was signed into law, which authorized the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to engage in a number of economic development activities. Section 25 of the bill provided for a right of way for a railroad and utility corridor to connect Healy with the eastern boundary of Denali Park, generally paralleling the Stampede Trail.

Kantishna Holdings, Inc. was authorized to finance and complete the project. HB 386, however, did not require AIDEA to act on the provisions of Section 25, and it did not.

The technical purpose of House Bill 244 is twofold. First, it substitutes the Denali Borough for AIDEA as drafted in HB 386. Second, it cancels the AIDEA authorization in Section 25 of that bill.

The overall purpose of HB 244 is to create real economic development opportunity in the Denali Borough by facilitating development of a visitor-oriented railroad and other facilities by Kantisha Holdings, Inc. HB 244 is strongly supported by the Denali Borough Mayor and Assembly. HB 244 is also consistent with findings of the National Park System Advisory Board -- Denali Park Task Force for improving park access through a new Northern entry route.

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