It was no easy feat, but the FOLIO: team, along with its prestigious panel of 300 judges, has narrowed the more than 2,000 entries received this year to a list of roughly 400 finalists.The annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards program is the largest awards event of its kind and honors the best in editorial and design from the full spectrum of magazine publishing.FOLIO: will hand out the bronze, silver and gold award winners during an awards luncheon set for October 31st as part of FOLIO: MediaNext in New York City. Visit folioawards.com to see the full list of this year’s finalists.
Nussbuam and the existing executive committee will remain in place, but a new board will be selected, with Nussbaum continuing as chairman. Update: There will be no other staffing changes as a result of the deal. “Tinicum’s investment will bolster F+W’s ability to aggressively target both bolt-on and larger-scale acquisitions to build out its core categories of craft, art, writing, design, lifestyle and outdoors,” says Nussbaum in a statement. The company has been fairly acquisitive in the last couple years, buying The Martha Pullen Company, Aspire Media and New Track Media, among others. It also expanded its licensing agreement with Hubert Burda Media into a 50/50 joint venture this year. In 2010, F+W underwent a significant financial restructuring, reducing debt by 50 percent. Lead investor at the time Abry Partners subsequently had a much smaller share in the company as the management team took on a larger ownership stake.Update: The ownership structure had not changed much since then, aside from some equity issued to private equity firms Frontenac and Catalyst as the result of the Aspire Media deal, says Ogle, who says the new ownership structure will likely be more consolidated once the tender offer is complete. On the heels of announcing a corporate rebranding, F+W has sold a majority stake to Tinicum L.P., a New York-based private investment firm. Terms of the deal were not released, but F+W says it has grown its e-commerce business—described by chairman and CEO David Nussbaum as a “very meaningful percentage” of the company’s overall revenue—from $6 million in 2008 to about $60 million this year. Update: According to F+W COO/CFO Jim Ogle, the deal includes an initial investment for a 62 percent stake that could go up to 95 percent, depending on the results of a tender offer that went out last Friday. Current stockholders have 20 days to respond. “We expect some holders to retain their share in the business so final Tinicum ownership will end up somewhere in between [that] range,” he says.
The Defense Department has obligated $55.7 million for civilian water and wastewater improvement projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D) said this week.The funds were authorized in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill and are part of a $106.4 million appropriation for public infrastructure projects approved by Congress. Language Bordallo added to this year’s defense policy bill would authorize the remaining funds.About 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents will be moving from Okinawa to Guam.The funding released this week will cover four projects, reported Pacific Daily News:final planning, design and construction to refurbish the sewer line in Northern Guam which supports Andersen Air Force Base and the new Marine Corps Base ($30.6 million);improvements to the northern district wastewater treatment plant ($21 million);final planning, design, and construction to improve the monitoring system for Guam’s northern aquifer ($3.7 million); andanalyses for the water and wastewater projects by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ($350,000).The new Marine base is expected to produce about 1.2 million gallons of wastewater per day.“These projects are critical to supporting upgrades and improvements to Guam’s civilian water and wastewater system, and they further demonstrate the progress we are making to move forward with the Marine realignment,” Bordallo said. “I will continue to build on the progress that we have made to ensure that the realignment moves forward and is mutually beneficial to our civilian and defense community.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has received White House approval to nominate three-star Navy Adm. Michael Gilday to become the next Chief of Naval Operations, Defense News reported Thursday.If confirmed by the Senate, Gilday, currently the Director of the Joint Staff, would be promoted over several four-star colleagues who will remain in their current roles. Gilday and other senior Navy leaders met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday where they received his approval to move forward his promotion and nomination, according to the report.Gilday’s appointment to CNO would replace the Navy’s current top military official, Adm. John Richardson.Richardson was originally scheduled to be replaced Aug. 1 by Adm. Bill Moran.Last week Moran abruptly declined the appointment and requested retirement after Spencer raised new questions about Moran exercising poor judgment involving a past professional relationship.Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Hartland ADC AUTHOR
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WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 9, 2018:Molly Joan Boen (24, Stoughton) was arrested for OUI Liquor. The arrest took place at a female operator was observed possibly sleeping at the entrance of Yentile Farm Recreational Facility on Cross Street. (2:01am)A caller reported a landscaping truck took down a stop sign at the Cross Street and Lowell Street intersection. Police were able to get in touch with the operator. (8:43am)A caller reported numerous vehicles parked on both sides of roadway due to yard sales. Caller stated it was difficult to drive down roadway. Police checked area and felt there was plenty of room to pass. (9:05am)Polie retrieved a syringe in front of a caller’s house on Boutwell Street. (3:10pm)A caller reported a group of juveniles set off fireworks on their property. Group ran towards Revere Avenue. Police were unable to locate. (9:52pm)A vehicle struck a rock wall on Chestnut Street. Fire Department evaluated infant in vehicle. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. (10:51pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”
WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 16, 2018 and August 22, 2018:Thursday, August 16NoneFriday, August 17NoneSaturday, August 18NoneSunday, August 19Moises Tulio DeOliveira (26, North Andover — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Summons)Monday, August 20NoneTuesday, August 21NoneWednesday, August 22None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”
READING, MA — RMLD has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to offer customers a rebate of $1.20 per watt for up to 50% of costs for the installation of solar systems that are 25 kW DC or less.RMLD and DOER will each provide half of the funding for these rebates. The MLP Solar Rebate Program is effective May 20, 2019 through June 30, 2020 or until funding runs out, whichever comes first. All rebate applications for solar systems that are 25 kW DC or less will be processed solely under the MLP Solar Rebate Program while it is in effect.Energy New England (ENE) is administering the program on behalf of DOER and RMLD. Complete program requirements and more information on the application process may be found at https://ee.ene.org/solar/.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”RMLD Invites Wilmington Customers To Free Solar Workshop On June 20In “Government”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”
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Tags McLaren Preview • 2019 McLaren Senna: Refined brutality Car Culture 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 McLaren Senna Share your voice 81 Photos 0 Post a comment 2019 McLaren Senna: A 789-horsepower race car for the road More From Roadshow Finally, a McLaren that I can afford. Lego Not all of us can afford a genuine, 789-horsepower McLaren Senna — and after all, each of the 500 copies has already been sold. But for just one 50,000th of the price, you can get a 5-inch-long recreation in the form of the new Lego Speed Champions Senna set.Where the genuine McLaren Senna requires about 300 hours of labor to assemble by hand, the Lego version apparently takes a lot less time, with the set consisting of just 219 pieces. The Senna’s shape has been faithfully recreated, with details like its roof snorkel, massive rear wing and striking, aerodynamically optimized nose all produced in plastic bricks. The paint scheme is a menacing Victory Grey with orange accents. There are different wheel designs, in case you want to change up the car’s look, and the Senna’s clear windshield can be removed.The rear wing, diffuser, taillights and other details are all recreated on the scaled-down Lego Senna. McLaren The included minifigure wears a McLaren racing suit with Pirelli sponsorship branding. Also included is a wind-tunnel fan, a reference to the Senna’s incredible aerodynamic performance that yields 1,764 pounds of downforce. Sadly, unlike the genuine article, the Lego model does not include a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, so it’s unlikely that the model car will be able to rocket to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.McLaren has previously teamed up with Lego to offer Speed Champions versions of the P1 and 720s, both of which the carmaker says sold out quickly. The Senna set is on sale now for $15. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page McLaren Lego
At Roadshow, we’ve explored how electric cars perform in extreme cold and snow, putting a Tesla Model 3 to the test on a frozen lake and driving our long-term Nissan Leaf through this year’s Polar Vortex. Audi, however, one-upped us in late January by taking a modified version of its upcoming E-Tron electric crossover to one of the world’s most challenging ski slopes.Not your normal E-Tron. Not your normal winter driving scenario. Audi The Audi E-Tron prototype’s task was to summit the Mausefalle, or mousetrap, section of the challenging Streif downhill ski course in Austria. That’s an 85-percent grade, a tough task in dry conditions, nevermind the layer of snow that coated the course. Audi tapped Mattias Ekström, World Rallycross and two-time German DTM champion, to drive the E-Tron. And as the video below shows, the battery-powered crossover powered up the slippery slope in an impressive demonstration of its abilities.Of course, the Audi E-Tron used had been modified pretty heavily compared to the stock version. It had two rear electric motors, as opposed to the single rear motor in the standard car, in addition to a single motor at the front axle. The car’s on-board software was modified to optimize its torque distribution for tackling the steep, snowy slope. New 19-inch wheels with big spikes on the tires helped claw into the ice. And for safety, the E-Tron was equipped with a roll cage, a racing seat with a six-point harness and a special belay cable to help catch it if something were to go wrong. 0 Post a comment Tags More about 2019 Audi E-Tron The Streif test was just the latest in a series of demonstrations intended to help show off the E-Tron’s durability and toughness. Audi previously shocked it with bolts of lightning and let us drive it in the Kalahari desert in Namibia, for instance.The standard Audi E-Tron launches in Europe in March, and the automaker already has more than 20,000 reservations for the new electric car worldwide. When not climbing up ski slopes, the car will be configured with two electric motors giving a combined output of 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.While we don’t have an EPA driving-range number yet, we do know the car’s lithium-ion battery pack is rated for 95 kilowatt-hours of energy storage. Pricing starts at $74,800 before options and, interestingly, the E-Tron won’t be stocked at US dealers. Instead, prospective buyers will need to special-order the car. News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 51 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Audi Audi More From Roadshow Electric Cars Luxury cars Crossovers
Phones Security Now playing: Watch this: Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564) Huawei Tags 18 Photos Share your voice 4:49 Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Huawei could take a big hit from its troubles with the US. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said Monday that the Chinese phone maker’s troubles with the US could take a huge toll on the company in the coming months. Speaking from the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, Zhengfei said he expects up to $30 billion could be wiped off Huawei’s revenue expectations for 2019. Zhengfei’s statement is a marked departure from previous statements made by company executives, which suggested that Huawei could remain self-sufficient in spite of being blacklisted by the US.Action taken against the company by the US, including a ban on selling Huawei phones, is having a ripple effect around the world, as other countries begin to question the integrity of Huawei’s telecommunications equipment. Huawei has consistently defended itself against criticisms that its phones and other products are a security risk and insisted it doesn’t have strong, far-reaching links with the Chinese government.Initially the company was expecting to post revenues of $125 billion to $130 billion this year (up from $104 billion in 2018), but has now reduced its estimates for this year to just $100 billion. “We did not expect they would attack us on so many aspects,” said Zhengfei, adding that he expects things to improve by 2021. Comments 2
Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The most-derided character in the Star Wars universe isn’t villainous Darth Vader. It’s awkward Jar Jar Binks. Many people were mystified to see the character’s name trending Monday on Twitter. Thanks a lot, Mark Hamill.All of our traumatic Jar Jar Binks Star Wars prequel memories are suddenly back due to a tweet Hamill sent early Monday. It features a game that generates your Star Wars fate when you choose a phrase connected to your birth month and combine it with a Star Wars character connected to the first letter of your name. 0 TV and Movies 27 Photos Not everyone welcomed the alien. “As if Monday wasn’t annoying enough, then you see that Jar Jar Binks is trending,” tweeted another. Perhaps Jar Jar Binks trending on a Twitter is a sign from the universe that it’s time for us to make peace with the character. Jar Jar Binks, those scripts weren’t your fault. I forgive you. But I’m also glad I wasn’t born in May and that my name doesn’t start with “J.” As if Monday wasn’t annoying enough, then you see that Jar Jar Binks is trending.— Dashley Driveby 👣 (@DashleyDriveby) July 8, 2019 I have no idea why it’s trending, but Jar Jar Binks is the hero we need— Matthew Pate (@MatthewCP8) July 8, 2019 Hamill’s Star Wars fate image seems to have originated with an entertainment site called The Dad, which focuses on jokes, memes and stories for and about fathers. A lot of people are now discovering their Star Wars fates aren’t what they imagined. Actor and comedian Jon Cryer isn’t taking the news of his parentage well. He’s apparently the son the Jar Jar Binks. “Noooooooooooooooo,” he responded. Post a comment For example, my Star Wars fate is “Trained in the force by Han Solo.” Interesting, but not bad. But somebody born in August with a first name of “James” would end up with “Married to Jar Jar Binks.””I refuse to be distracted by such meaningless, moronic time-wasters (especially since my home planet was blown up by an unnamed stormtrooper),” Hamill wrote, setting off a cascade of distraction among his Twitter followers.Jar Jar Binks’ reappearance has left some a bit puzzled. “I have no idea why it’s trending, but Jar Jar Binks is the hero we need,” tweeted one fan. Share your voice Tags I refuse to be distracted by such meaningless, moronic time-wasters (especially since my home planet was blown up by an unnamed stormtrooper).#FickleFingerOfFate 🖕 pic.twitter.com/JnlevrCNpo— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 8, 2019 My father turns out to be Jar Jar Binks?!?Noooooooooooooooo https://t.co/gmrFrQyAC7— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) July 8, 2019 Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Mark Hamill Star Wars Twitter
Wood Bison in Portage game facility.Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and GameWood bison transplanted by the state to the western interior this spring appear to be adapting to the wild. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game flew a group of Canadian stock bison cows and young animals to the village of Shageluk in March. To date, most of the animals have fared well.Download Audio:For the first time since Wood bison went extinct in Alaska over a century ago, the big furry animals are back. The herd of 100 bison flown into Shageluk and released into the surrounding Yukon and Innoko River country are being closely monitored by state biologists.Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says that means breaking into smaller groups and spreading out, eating wild grasses and giving birth to calves.Meanwhile, 14 other bison have died including 9 that fell through rotting river ice in recent weeks. The animals were transplanted prior to calving, as way to anchor the species to the area, and Harms says some ice casualties were expected.Harms says another five bison perished due to unknown causes.The state is preparing to move a group of full grown bull bison to the Shageluk area this summer.Wood bison are the largest land mammals in the western hemisphere and Harms says moving the 2 thousand pound bulls may require anesticizing or otherwise drugging the animals. The move is scheduled for later this month or early June, just prior to the summer breeding season. The Wood Bison reintroduction in the Shageluk area is the culmination of a long running effort to restore the animals to Interior Alaska.
For weeks, the Alaska Legislature has been wrestling with how to cover its multi-billion-dollar budget deficit. Now one Juneau man has a modest proposal for them: Try crowdfunding? APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez has this story.Download Audio:For Geoff Kirsch, following the Alaska State Legislature has been like watching the last seasons of Lost. It’s confusing, and frustrating, but you just want to stick it out for the end — which, in this case, is the passage of the budget.“That’s like their one job, and they haven’t done that,” says Kirsch.Since the Legislature ended their regular session, they’ve been stuck on their spending bill. They’ve been at an impasse over tapping the state’s rainy day account, which requires a three-quarter vote, and lawmakers have been retreading the same ground in their public meetings, in their talking points, and — by most accounts — their negotiations with each other.So, Kirsch wondered if Alaskans could take action into their own hands. A few days ago, he launched a campaign to cover the deficit through the website GoFundMe, where people can contribute to causes they like.“If it works for Veronica Mars and Reading Rainbow, then it certainly might work for Alaska,” says Kirsch.At $3 billion, the goal is a little higher than most campaigns.“It comes out to like $4,000 per person that they would would have to contribute in order for the campaign to work,” says Kirsch.It’s kind of like voluntary taxation. And given how popular the idea of taxation is in Alaska, it shouldn’t be too shocking that the campaign isn’t raking in cash. But it’s gone better than Kirsch has expected.“So far, someone has contributed $50, and that wasn’t even me!”Of course, the point is more to raise awareness of the political situation than to raise money.Kirsch used to do work for Comedy Central, and still writes political satire. The description says the Legislature’s message to Alaskans has been “to go fund themselves,” and Kirsch encourages Alaskans to turn the budgetary shortfall into budgetary “shortfall-ade.” It’s obvious he had fun with the idea.But as the husband to a state employee — whom, full disclosure, this reporter knows socially — Kirsch says the budget stalemate is serious. If an agreement is not reached by July 1, up to 15,000 state workers will be laid off.“People are going to lose money, and people are going to lose health insurance,” says Kirsch. “There’s nothing funny about that.”But then again, a lot of humor is rooted in tragedy anyway. So, Kirsch is going to take this fundraiser to its logical extreme.“I really do think I am going to present a big, oversize novelty check to Gov. Walker, if he lets me do that,” says Kirsch. “I don’t know if I need to make an appointment, or if I can just show up with it.”A spokesperson for the governor said he is “open to discussions on all forms of revenue,” but that they “need to check with their ethics attorneys about whether [they] could take the money.”
In Alaska, the number of fluent Haida speakers has dwindled down into the single digits. It’s been called an endangered language. But in Juneau, one group is trying to change that. Haida Language Learners is using YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram to reach a wider audience.Download AudioEmily Rose Edenshaw-Chafin shows me her phone. She’s been using a flashcard app to practice Haida. It’s totally customizable. She can create the cards and share them with teachers and friends. On one of the cards is a picture of a horse grazing in a field, and it’s broken down into cuts of meat — labeled Gyuudáan Kiʼíi eehl Hl ʼwáadaagang.“And then the second one is a cartoon, the one in English that says ‘I have horse meat for sale.’ It’s a picture of a horse head inside a burger,” Edenshaw says.Not a real horse head, part of a costume.“For me, it makes it funny and it makes it more interesting,” she says.The Haida arrived in Southeast a few hundred years ago. Some left their ancestral home of Haida Gwaii, which is now part of Canada. They settled in villages on Prince of Wales Island. Edenshaw says the Haida language’s grammar structure is similar to Spanish. And like Spanish, it can sound like a foreign language.“And being Native you’re disappointed that you don’t know your own heritage and language. It’s hard to work past that sometimes,” she says.Edenshaw has practiced Haida for over a decade. Her family moved to Hydaburg when she was a kid, and she started picking words up.“You know, like thank you: Háw’aa. Hágwsdaa: hurry up. You hear that one a lot.”But she says it was hard to learn more complex phrases. In college, she was able to take a free class taught by a linguist.“I really fell in love with the language. I wanted to write poetry in Haida. I wanted to dream in Haida, so I continued to practice with it.”She says part of that meant finding someone to speak Haida with, to use words and phrases that are relevant in conversation today. Edenshaw met Susie Lee Edwardson in Haida class.In their YouTube video, a picture of Grumpy Cat flashes on the screen. You know, Grumpy cat. The feline celebrity meme. Edwardson repeats the word híndaa or “go away.”It has more than 200 views. Their YouTube Channel has about 145 subscribers, which may not seem like a lot. But remember, Alaska’s fluent Haida speakers are in the single digits. Edwardson has only been studying it for about three years, and says she didn’t grow up speaking the language. Her parents spoke a word here and there.“It didn’t really connect with me as it was a part of me,” Edwardson says. “But when I got into college and I started learning the language with my family, it felt really good and it felt like you were going into a community that you were a part of all your life.”The number of fluent Haida speakers has been declining for the past 100 years. Many boarding schools run by the federal government and missionaries enforced strict bans on Native languages. Edwardson says it’s a serious topic, but they’re trying to make learning Haida fun. It’s involved some compromise.She took down one of their YouTube videos because some found it offensive. In that video, she says the Haida word for penis. OK, maybe they went a little farther and said “tiny penis.” But Edwardson says they don’t want to offend anyone.“Like the little radical in me is like, ‘it’s the language,’” Edwardson says. “But at the same time we want it to be accessible. And if families are going through the YouTube videos and there’s something they don’t want them to learn yet, I don’t want them to stay away from the language.”Then there’s also the issue of finding ways to express modern notions. But Edenshaw says that’s totally doable.“We ask the elders what would make this work. What can we do to translate this into Haida?” Edenshaw says. “So we’ll all understand it and then we can use just Haida vocabulary and our thoughts and what we’re doing nowadays.”The Haida phrase for computer literally means “the box that knows everything.” A cellphone is a “purse phone” or “wallet phone.” Spinach is “iron leaf.”And she says having the web to connect with others has been huge. Haida Language Learners has received messages from a teenage fan in New York. They’ve helped people in remote communities say goodbye to a loved one at a funeral in Haida.Edenshaw recently quit her day job to focus on language revitalization full-time. She wants people to know Haida isn’t dead.“We can bring back the language. We can’t bring back every single part of the culture but we can bring back the important parts that will make us feel whole and make us feel right in the world.”She hasn’t dreamed in Haida yet. But she is writing poetry.
Aleutians East Borough Mayor Stanley Mack and Sen. Lisa Murkowski prepare to meet with reporters in the Senate Press Gallery. Photo: Liz Ruskin/APRNLt. Gov. Byron Mallott joined residents of King Cove in Washington, D.C. this morning to make another plea for a road between King Cove and the all-weather airport in Cold Bay.Download AudioMallott likens the road effort to other public land-use conflicts, in which, he says, federal policymakers put concern for wildlife habitat and the “national interest” ahead of the needs of rural Alaskans.“In order to preserve something that’s called ‘the greater good,’ our lives are minimized, marginalized and in many ways consciously — consciously! — determined to be unimportant, to the point where we become faceless,” he said.Mallott spoke at a hearing called by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who says she’s trying to attach faces to the issue for Washington to see. Della Trumble, a witness from King Cove, says she’s been trying to get a road for 35 years, and Alaska’s congressional delegation has tried since at least the 1990s. Road proponents say residents need a way out in bad weather, especially during medical emergencies.But 11 miles of the road would have to be built in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.“This refuge is one of the most vital and extraordinary wildlife refuges in the world, and it must remain that way for all Americans to enjoy,” said Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska director for The Wilderness Society, who testified against the road.She says the road would pass through a strip of land that’s an important wildlife corridor for bear, wolves and caribou. On either side of that land corridor are two lagoons that she calls the heart of the refuge.“Most of the world’s population of Pacific Black brant and emperor geese, and a significant portion of the threatened Steller’s eider population, depend on Izembek’s habitat,” she said. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ruled out a road in 2013. She says she’s trying to find an alternative. Aleutians East Borough Mayor Stanley Mack says other alternatives make no sense, given King Cove’s often harsh weather and the realities of boat travel.“Strapping an injured patient in a gurney and hoisting them up to the dock on a boat, which can be as much as 25 feet, is always a scary situation. This is basically what we have to do,” Mack said. “Or putting elders in a crab pot and using a crane to hoist them to the top of the dock is frightening.”Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Alaska Congressman Don Young said the secretary is valuing geese over people. Young says he might just go to King Cove and build the road himself.“So I could drive that D-8 cat right down that road, right where it’s been surveyed and then see what they’re going do,” the congressman said. “Now, if they arrest me, that’s better yet.”Sen. Murkowski says she’s not giving up. She didn’t say what her next move will be, but she noted that Jewell won’t be Interior secretary much longer.