Several staff people from state and federal offices are taking a two-day tour of the Y-K Delta today and tomorrow.The trip is being sponsored by the Calista Corporation. President Andrew Guy and Chief Operating Officer Christine Klein are the tour guides.
The guests include House District 37 Representative Bob Herron, as well as staffers from the offices of Senator Kevin Meyer, U.S. Representative Don Young, Senator Pete Kelly, and two from Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office.
The tour is a common practice for regional corporations to show legislators the local needs.
Thom Leonard is a spokesperson for Calista.
“What our goal is, is to kind of highlight and educate the legislative staff and educators on some of the key issues for our region,” Leonard says. “For example, energy costs are extremely high. And while that’s easy for us to understand because we live it everyday, people who may live outside our region or outside of our state may not really get a good grasp or understanding of what that means for everyday lives.
Calista also wants to highlight the need for improved transportation facilities like ports in Emmonak and Marshall, and a corridor road connecting the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers, a project that both Calista and AVCP desire.
Communities to be visited include: Bethel, Kwigillingok, Toksook Bay, St. Mary’s, and Emmonak, with flyovers of several villages: Tununak and Nightmute on Nelson Island, as well as Mountain Village, Pilot Station and Pitkas Point, Marshall, Russian Mission, and Upper and Lower Kalskag. The group is staying overnight in Emmonak.
Also sponsoring the trip is the Association of Village Council Presidents, the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, along with its subsidiary KwikPak Fisheries.