Assembly Vice President Pete Sprague said he, too, has reservations about a coal development there, but this ordinance would waive a 90-day requirement that would have made the lease option expire on Jan. 9.
That served neither party, he
"Both sides are trying to renegotiate the lease," Sprague
"I tried to postpone it, (the ordinance), with the intent that if the administration wanted to, it could bring forward a proposal.
But that didn't pass."
The ordinance asking for the option deadline extension passed in a 6-1 assembly vote.
Many were tuned in to the ordinance on the misperception that what was adopted would eliminate the public comment period, but "that is not the case," Sprague
"I have serious concerns about the project but that is not what we were addressing last night," Sprague
said, speaking the day after the meeting.
PacRim's work ahead on environmental impact statements means the "project is a long way from going forward," he
I've never really done any traveling outside the U.S. It's just kind of a good opportunity, a good vehicle to travel and experience some good things," said Pete Sprague
, who's skiing the Jizerská.
, 58, has skied the 50-K freestyle Tour of Anchorage ski race several times, and has run nine marathons in his
life, so he's
not concerned with the Jizerská distance, he
not as practiced with classic skiing, since he
usually only does it when it's particularly cold, but he's
not changing up his
regular winter skiing pursuits to train for the race.
"I don't want to focus on the race, I just want to focus on the experience," he
"I've never been outside of North America, so I'm just looking forward to seeing a different part of the world and just using my passport a little bit.
That's going to be focus of the trip."
It will be a quick trip for Sprague, sandwiched in between meetings of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, of which he is a member.
never missed a meeting and doesn't want to start now, so he's
just going for the Jizerská and coming back.
expects to see his
fellow Soldotna-area skiers before he
"We'll meet up at least for the race, probably for a beer afterward," he
"The Czech Republic is supposed to have good beer, so I may stop for one or two over there."
also looking forward to seeing Prague, which he's
heard is spectacular.
"And it's almost spelled like my last name," he
Riley, 31, has done a lot more traveling, but a lot less skiing than Sprague
That sounds about right to Sprague
, as well.
"I'm just racing to experience it all, or skiing to experience it all," he