APOC Dismisses SOS Initiative Complaint

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has dismissed a complaint over a ballot initiative aimed at the Pebble Mine project.

Alaskans for Bristol Bay alleged that opponents of the Save our Salmon ballot initiative were distributing flyers at a school. The complainant accused Lake and Peninsula Borough Mayor Glen Alsworth, Matthew Nicolai and Native actor Wes Studi of distributing political flyers to students.

The school principal and superintendent state that this never happened and APOC quickly dismissed the complaint. Lake and Peninsula Superintendent Ty Mase says it appears the flyers were posted on a public bulletin board by students without approval.

The measure will be voted on on Oct. 4. If passed, it would give the borough authority to bar large-scale mining activities that could significantly impact salmon streams.

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