Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Alaska starting Saturday

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP & KTUU) U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent Friday in Norway with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and others, the day before he is expected to arrive in Alaska.

The state's congressional delegation announced Zinke will arrive Saturday for a multi-day trip that will include a visit to Prudhoe Bay.

“We look forward to showing him the beauty and potential of our state, the impact that his Department’s decisions have on our daily lives, and the opportunity to forge an even closer working relationship that helps put Alaska on a strong footing for years to come,” the delegation said in a joint statement.

His itinerary also includes visiting Denali National Park and Preserve, which is celebrating its centennial, and meetings with Interior Department employees and the Alaska Federation of Natives in Anchorage.

On Wednesday, also in Anchorage, Zinke is scheduled to address an Alaska Oil and Gas Association conference.

Zinke, a former Montana congressman, was confirmed as Interior secretary earlier this year.

Gov. Bill Walker's office says Walker also will meet with Zinke.

"I look forward to discussing with Secretary Zinke the role Alaska is poised to play in securing the nation's energy dominance.Secretary Zinke will see, first-hand, that Alaskans are committed to responsible resource development," says Gov. Walker.

Ahead of his visit, Zinke tweeted out that he is excited to meet his team in Alaska.

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