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The City of Valdez has an agenda item on tonight’s council meeting that will approve a schematic design for a new small boat harbor in Valdez. Initially the project was expected to cost roughly 50 million dollars and be funded with 20 million federal dollars, 15 million from the State and the City of Valdez chipping in 15 million. At this time, Hozey said he anticipates the project costing upwards of 60 million dollars. The State has contributed between 7.5 million and 8 million according to Hozey, the Federal Government has agreed to contribute about 21 million dollars, and the City has 15 million available for the project. Hozey said he expects to ask the public to bond for an additional 20 million to support the project. The new harbor is expected to add an additional 140 slips. At a cost of 60 million dollars, each slip will cost roughly $428,571 to build. Hozey pointed out that the project will also provide accessible uplands for the public.
In a summary statement submitted to City Council by Lisa VonBargen, a $5,705 expenditure to buy iPads, food, advertising and name plates for the newly formed commission. Plans for the role of this commission are largely undefined, but funding for a “strategic doing” seminar and contract are being requested.  
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Anchorage Daily News
Russia: US sanctions could shut down $600 million Kara Sea drilling operation
The United States' new round of sanctions on Russia could force Exxon Mobil Corp. to alter its ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea by Sept.26.
Violence and public health in the North: What about the men?
When addressing the cycle of violence and sexual abuse, consider that men have also been victims and not just perpetrators, some experts say.   
Finland's economic minister says Fennovoima reactor can go ahead; Greens may quit cabinet
Approval of a new Russian-built plant near Raahe.has a caveat: The facility must be at least 60 percent Finnish-owned, said Jan Vapaavuori, the nation's minister of economic affairs 
Finland: Ministers call for more action on environmental crimes
A proposal to lower the threshold for bringing criminal charges has the support of two cabinet members, but some warn that any change needs t be backed up with training improvements to help officials uncover and prosecute environmental offenses. 
NASA projects tracking changes in Alaska's glaciers and Arctic atmosphere
The U.S. agency that explores outer space is also probing another frontier -- the rapidly warming climate in Alaska and other parts of the Far North.
U.S. icebreaker fleet will need makeover by about 2020, Coast Guard says
The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. 
Finland: English dominance worries language teachers
Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.
Turn forest fire area into nature reserve, say Swedish biologists
After Sweden’s worst forest fire in modern times, a group of leading biologists and ecologists say something positive could come out of the disaster
Supreme Court upholds dismissal of youths' climate lawsuit against state
A lawsuit filed against the state by six Alaska children claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited in the lower court’s decision, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Friday. 
Documentary from Swiss filmmaker captures life in Barrow
The film, "Children of the Arctic," is set to be released in coming months and looks mostly at community life in Barrow through the eyes of Inupiaq teenagers, with a focus on whaling and subsistence living.
Fairbanks Daily News
Judge to hear arguments in Pebble lawsuit
JUNEAU, Alaska - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it overstepped its bounds by taking steps that could result in the restriction or prohibition
Alaska unemployment rate rises to 6.8 percent
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's unemployment has risen to its highest level since October 2012, but the state Labor Department says it's too early to tell whether that signals a new trend.
Mott to lead Alaska Guard response team
JUNEAU, Alaska - Brigadier General Jon K. Mott will lead a team charged with implementing recommendations for restoring confidence in the leadership and structure of the Alaska National Guard.
Regents reject tuition hike for University of Alaska
FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Board of Regents rejected an administration proposal to raise future tuition rates by 4 percent, with several voicing concerns that more needs to be done to bring
Anchorage's Loussac Library getting overhaul
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Loussac Library in Anchorage is getting a $15-million makeover focused on improving accessibility and making the building more energy efficient.
Uber ride-sharing service kicks off in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The popular ride-sharing service Uber has added Anchorage to its worldwide list of cities where it operates.
Northrim takes over Alaska Pacific Bank branches
JUNEAU, Alaska - Anchorage-based Northrim Bank will cut staff at former Alaska Pacific Bank branches as it finishes the acquisition but promises more services for customers.
Juneau police investigate Costco burglary
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police are investigating a burglary in which they say more than $40,000 in jewelry was taken from Costco.
Alaska Sens. Murkowski, Begich split vote on plan to fight Islamic militants
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich split their votes Thursday on authorizing United States funding to support Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, with Murkowski voting
Driver fleeing Alaska State Troopers dies in stolen car crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a driver fleeing from troopers in a stolen car has died in a crash.
State proposes plan for road from Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska — The state transportation department on Thursday proposed a roughly $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska's main highway system.
Rescued harbor seal pup released on Kodiak Island
KODIAK, Alaska - An abandoned harbor seal pup that narrowly avoided death by seagull was returned to the wild off a Kodiak Island beach.
Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life
SUNBURY, Pa. - A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society i
EPA extends decision-making on mining proposal
JUNEAU, Alaska - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take more time to review comments on a proposal that would restrict large-scale mining near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fish
Fast ruling sought in Alaska ballot lawsuit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage judge is moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging an emergency order that allowed two Alaska gubernatorial candidates to fuse their campaigns into one ticket for the No
Park Service plans Denali transportation meeting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — National Park Service officials say a public meeting is scheduled to take place next week to discuss the long-range transportation plan for Alaska's Denali National Park and Preser
Commercial fish boat explodes in Valdez; 1 injured
VALDEZ, Alaska — A Coast Guard spokesman says a 30-foot commercial fishing boat exploded and burned Wednesday evening in the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. The lone person on board was able to w
Denali Park Road open to private vehicles at season end
JUNEAU, Alaska — Visitors can now drive their private vehicles into Denali National Park and Preserve, weather permitting.
UA to undergo sexual violence complaint review
JUNEAU, Alaska - Federal officials will visit four University of Alaska campuses next month to review how the university handles sexual violence complaints.
Multi-state fishing group wants tougher laws
PORTLAND, Maine — Regional fishing associations are uniting in an attempt to strengthen the laws that govern fisheries in federal waters.
Body of missing man recovered east of Cordova
CORDOVA, Alaska — The body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man missing east of Cordova, Alaska, has been recovered.
Sullivan explains changed view on Alaska minimum wage ballot measure
ANCHORAGE — Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan announced this week his new-found support for a ballot measure to raise Alaska’s minimum wage, and on Wednesday explained his change of thinking.
Homer man charged with filing fake robbery report, theft
HOMER, Alaska - A Homer man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint at his employer's store has been charged with misdemeanor theft and making a false report.
Pedestrian struck, killed on Anchorage street
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A pedestrian attempting to cross a busy east Anchorage street was struck and killed.
Search suspended for missing Juneau boater
JUNEAU, Alaska - A search for a Juneau man whose boat was recovered motoring in circles off Auke Bay has been suspended, the Coast Guard announced Wednesday.

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