Interior Secretary Zinke will make Alaska stops from Arctic to Anchorage

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 03:31:41 PM. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is traveling in the Arctic with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and then spending several days starting Saturday seeing the sights in Alaska.
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to spend the Memorial Day weekend and a few days after in Alaska on a tour organized by Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Zinke's schedule, according to the Department of Interior, will include the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day ceremony Sunday at Byers Lake. He'll visit Denali National Park and Preserve on Sunday and Monday. Zinke will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in Anchorage. Plans include meetings with Alaska Native veterans, Interior department employees and the Alaska Federation of Natives, a keynote speech at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association's annual conference and a hike at the Nike Site Summit in Arctic Valley. Details about the Arctic portion of the trip were few on Friday. A joint press release from Alaska's congressional delegation said stops would be made in Prudhoe Bay and Fairbanks. Information about which other senators might be along for the ride were not immediately made available. Zinke promised to visit Alaska during his Senate confirmation hearing, which was overseen by Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Zinke's trip will have two stages. The first, already underway, is Arctic-focused and includes several other U.S. senators. Zinke and Murkowski left Washington on Thursday night for the international portion of their trip — Norway and Greenland — and will arrive in Alaska on Saturday. In a Twitter post Friday, Zinke shared scenes from Norway. Murkowski and Sens. Steve Daines,...Read more
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