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Vail film: Alaska battles over road building

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VAIL, Colorado ” Stretching 90 miles along Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Lynn Canal is North America ‘s deepest fjord.

Its waters were the lifeblood of the Klondike gold rush, and now gives visitors a window into the wild that defines Alaska . The Lynn Canal also ties the people of Alaska’s southeast together. It is their highway.

But for more than three decades, the fight over paving an actual highway alongside the canal has divided communities and left the future of the Lynn Canal in doubt.

On Friday, at 8 p.m., Costa Del Mar will debut its documentary film, “Blue Highway,” as part of the Outdoor Reels Series at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail. The movie begins as a film about a kayak trip, tracing John Muir’s historic travels in the Lynn Canal, but becomes a study of both sides of the battle over the proposed Juneau Access Road

To be held at the Lodge at Vail, the “Blue Highway” film premiere is a free event for Teva Mountain Games attendees, and all are invited to screen the movie that asks the questions, “After more than three decades of debate, is there anything left to say?” and “Can two sides separated by environmental, economic and cultural concerns ever come together?”

“Blue Highway shows you both sides of the proposed Juneau road building issue, and asks the viewers to decide for themselves which side they’re on,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa Del Mar. “The project is still in the planning stages, which means the Alaskan people have the opportunity to let their legislature and Governor Palin’s administration know how they want this issue to play out.

“And we have the chance to educate the rest of the country about an important issue that’s happening in one of the most pristine states in the Union .”

This is the first Outdoor Reels series at the Teva Mountain Games, which will also feature Telluride Mountainfilm Zero Emissions Tour and “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.”

The Blue Highway screening will be followed by the Fly Fishing Film Tour, featuring films by Felt Soul Media, Confluence Films and more. For a complete line up of films, visit http://www.tevamountaingames.com.

Following the Teva Mountain Games, Blue Highway will be available on DVD and for viewing online at http://www.costadelmar.com.

What: Premier of documentary, “Blue Highway”

Where: Lodge at Vail

When: Friday 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information: http://www.tevamountaingames.com, http://www.costadelmar.com