Ballot Measure 1 forum set for Monday

Ballot Measure 1 forum set for Monday

A lot of questions remain for voters ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

None may be more pressing than what effect Ballot Measure 1, which amends permitting for building on fish habitat, will have on development in Alaska.

Proponents say most small scale development won’t be affected if the measure passes. Opponents warn that development on or near fish streams in Alaska — an area that includes much of the state — will grind to a halt. Millions have been poured into swaying votes on either side of this issue.

Which side is painting the most accurate picture? Why might the measure be a good or bad idea?

The Juneau Economic Development Council, the Juneau Empire and public radio station KTOO have teamed up to find out. On Monday, the Empire and KTOO will moderate the forum “Ballot Measure 1: Fish Habitat,” put on by JEDC at @360 in the KTOO Building at 360 Egan Drive.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the free forum. Taping of the broadcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. The forum will air on 360 North on Friday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m.

Attendees will get to ask questions of two experts on either side of the issue. Mike Satre, a geologist by training who now works in external affairs at Greens Creek Mine, will take up the opposing side of the issue. Alongside other resource extraction companies in Alaska, Greens Creek has opposed Ballot Measure 1 with statements and financial donations to anti-Ballot Measure 1 group Stand for Alaska. Greens Creek and other members of the mining and oil industries have made the case that the measure will substantially harm economic development in Alaska.

Emily Anderson, an attorney by trade and Alaska Program Director at the Wild Salmon Center, will argue for the ballot measure. Proponents have made the case that Ballot Measure 1 will not harm development, but will add a needed layer of protection for salmon habitat by updating decades-old permitting law.

The @360 building holds about 70 people, but there are overflow accommodations available for those who can’t find a seat. Those who can’t make it to the taping of the broadcast can submit questions to the Juneau Empire’s social media channels or email editor@juneauempire.com.

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