**February 21 [deadline]
I don’t understand why the State is spending tax money for these meetings when the State will not take testimony or hear from the public. At least there is a greater lead time than last year– Gov. Palin and DNR Commissioner scheduled a hearing in Bethel on Friday for the following Sunday (3-day notice). Given the short notice, a Sunday morning, specifically Palm Sunday, no wonder it was a no-show, except the Commissioner.
The basics of genuine public involvement (or CBPR for the medicos) aren’t difficult. A recent illustration is an article by Susan Jacoby, in the February 17, 2008 LA Times A president who wants to be a leader must first be a teacher.
There is a difference between propaganda and education….
KETCHIKAN in the Cape Fox Lodge, Mountain Room
NOME in the Old St. Joseph’s Church Hall
BETHEL in the UAF – Kuskokwim Campus – Yup’iit Piciryarait Cultural Center
Town hall meetings will be held at the above locations from 6 to 8pm to provide an update on efforts to get a natural gas pipeline in the AK GASLINE INDUCEMENT ACT (AGIA). The meeting will discuss how AGIA works, the applications that were filed and what happens next. The meeting is informational only, no public comments will be taken. Public comment ends March 6.