Federal government drops appeal for Alaska refuge road

    Washington, DC (AP) - The Trump administration has dropped its appeal of a court case that blocked a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska.

    The federal government dropped its appeal of the decision rejecting a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

    The road would connect the village of King Cove to Cold Bay, which has an all-weather airport.

    U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in March ruled that former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't adequately explain his decision when approved a land exchange for the road. Zinke's predecessor rejected the land exchange.

    The federal government appealed.

    Trustees for Alaska attorney Bridget Psarianos says Interior Department officials may seek a different legal approach to building the road and the issue may not be over.

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