News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Kelly
For Immediate Release: September 07, 2017
Senators Respond to Ahtna’s Rejection of Klutina Settlement
FAIRBANKS – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today responded to Ahtna, Inc.’s rejection of the Walker administration’s proposed settlement regarding public access to Klutina Lake Road and the Gulkana River.
“Now that Ahtna has rejected the settlement, the state can continue to focus on fighting for access for all Alaskans,” said Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks). “The state has very strong evidence supporting the historic use of the road. We hope that the Department of Law will aggressively pursue the state’s interests.”
In 2008, Ahtna Inc. filed a lawsuit to limit public access to Klutina Lake Road, which is used by Alaskans for hunting and fishing. This litigation occurred despite the fact that evidence of recorded use by all Alaskans dates back to 1898, with reaffirmed state use in 1964.
“The proposal was too complex,” said Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole). “The RS 2477 is the main focus of this suit and I hope the state wins.”
With Ahtna, Inc.’s rejection of the proposed settlement, control over Alaskans’ access to Klutina Lake Road will be decided in court.
For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.