U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is lining up visits by administration officials to a remote Alaska village where residents are seeking a road through a national wildlife refuge.
King Cove residents want better access to an all-weather airport and emergency medical care.
Murkowski is backing their request for a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to Cold Bay, which has one of the longest runways in Alaska.
The Alaska Republican says the health and safety of villagers should take precedence over refuge wildlife.
Murkowski spokesman Robert Dillon says by email that Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn is expected in King Cove the last week of May. Murkowski hopes to escort new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell there in August.
Environmental groups strongly oppose the proposed road.