Number of Precincts   438  
Precincts Reporting   429 97.9 %
Times Counted   168736/476472 35.4 %
Total Votes   166794  

YES   71456       42.84%
NO   95338 57.16%





Obama Favors Pebble Mine In Alaska Building Earthquake-Proof Dams, Posted Aug 24, 2008

‘Barack Obama and Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor Jim Whitaker have one thing in common: they oppose Proposition 4 which would ban large metal mines from discharging large amounts of toxic chemicals into salmon streams and drinking water supplies.’
‘Obama opposed it because he said that it would have a significant impact on jobs. he hopes that environmentalists in Alaska and nationwide will forget about this. Mining interests in Alaska have contributed more money to the ”Vote No to Ballot Initiative 4” than contributions to either presidential candidate.’
‘Obama has awarded Fairbanks Mayor Whitaker with an invitation to the Denver, Colorado Democratic National Convention in exchange for his endorsement of the campaign. Is this ”change we can believe in” or just another example of the old style politics of one hand washing the other? You can decide this for yourself.’

‘By the way, Whitaker is a Republican.’

“Native’ Alaskans (not sure if that means Tribal entities or non-Tribal residents) don’t want Measure 4 to pass because of a loss of opportunity. They support their fisheries, but their livelihoods are stagnant. 

Both sides have merit, but sincere activists and citizens are probably being swarmed over by EnviroMentalists and Big Mining spin. Typical of our lives today. The truth is obliterated by spin, innuendo, mind games. Too bad. We shall see what the citizens say and how that sets with the opposing sides. Not sure how fast votes are tabulated up North.   

Wayne Stevens

President of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce

“The State Chamber is opposed to the ballot initiative…”

“While no one, I repeat no one, wants to see fish or water impacted. The regulatory environment in this state is very, very rigorous and very, very thorough. There are some wonderful success stories in our state of mine operations. Particularly, the mines impact on providing economic opportunity for citizens in communities that have historically high levels of unemployment and low rates of opportunity for jobs beyond a clerk at the post office, a clerk at the grocery store or a clerk at the gas station.” (Several position in opposition to Measure 4) (Proponents of Measure 4…NY Times Editorial board)


“All Alaska residents need to help stop this potential environmental boondoggle next week by voting YES on Ballot Measure #4. If you are not a resident of Alaska but you know someone who is, urge him or her to vote YES on Ballot Measure #4 on August 26. Please, do it now! Pick up the phone or shoot an email to all your friends in Alaska.”

“Basically this ballot measure puts stricter standards in place for NEW mines in relation to water quality. If you’d like more info please visit this site: (”

Pebble Mine Proposed Area
Pebble Mine Proposed Area (One Side-Pro) (My Previous Post re this Hot Topic)  (Red Gold Trailer)

Outsiders seem pretty adamant: stop big industry from constructing Pebble Mine and pass Measure 4 to regulate to a stand still any chance of developing Pebble Mine.

MEASURE NO. 4 – 07WTR3   (FAILS!!!!!!!)    
Number of Precincts   438  
Precincts Reporting   429 97.9 %
Times Counted   168736/476472 35.4 %
Total Votes   166794  

YES 71456 42.84%
NO 95338 57.16%

The Citizens of Alaska have voted and while living in the midst of so much natural beauty, decided to pick at that scab…I pray it does not become infected. This will become immensely interesting now. There is no doubt that some group(s) will file suit(s) and do so while ignoring the will of the citizens of Alaska. Oh, I am sure the fronted spokesman (sorry, it will be a man…probably a local or regional tribal spokesman) we be Alaskan. But, this is going to be financed by out of state interests, though not as flush as the mining interests.  

Early results 31% Vote: Measure 4 Losing   44% -55%