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VALDEZ, Alaska – Warm weather and an early Spring have given Valdez charters and boat owners an opportunity to get their boats into the water and get fishing a bit early. Harbormaster Jeremy Talbott said he has seen a lot of private boaters hitting the waters to set pots for shrimp and has already seen two 75 pound halibut come across the docks.
Charter Captains in Valdez are also preparing for a busy season as anglers have high hopes of being the winner of the $15,000 first place prize in the Valdez Halibut Derby. A ticket costs $10 for the day or $50 for the season and must be purchased before heading out on the water.

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Monday, May 18th 2015
at City Council Chambers

Regular Meeting –7pm

Items include:
1.      Acceptance of the 2015/2016 Valdez City Schools Budget
2.      Approval of Change Order with DOWL in the Amount of $12,000 for the 10 Mile Material Site Analysis
3.      Approve Award of Contract to Curtis Electric / Apex Technical Services (Joint Venture) for VCT North Star Warehouse Upgrades in the Amount of $66,620.50

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All meetings of City Council and School Board are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on

Richard Fraley was diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer and is fighting for his life in Anchorage. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help he and his wife, Linda, with travel and living expenses. Richard is a veteran and has been a loyal friend to Valdez, so if you would like to help out, a donation can be made at Wells Fargo.
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Anchorage Daily News
Unusual weather pattern brings record highs to Barrow
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Pyhäjoki cottages in Finland make way for Russian-built nuclear reactor
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Study finds lower cancer rates among indigenous Sámi
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Gazprom, Lukoil in Arctic alliance
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Alaska, Washington senators file bill to build Arctic icebreakers
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up to six icebreakers for use by the Coast Guard.
Melting ice thaws relations between U.S. and Russia
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Some Sami languages disappearing
The Ter, Ume and Pite Sami dialects, once commonly used in the Barents region, have dwindled to a few speakers, most of them elderly. 
Obama defense of Shell Arctic drilling undercuts Kerry promotion of clean energy at Arctic Council
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Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue
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More Arctic drilling protests planned in Seattle
Organizers say hundreds more people opposed to Arctic oil drilling are expected to protest Monday in Seattle, where a massive floating drill rig is parked on the waterfront.
Fairbanks Daily News
Alaska unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent in April
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's unemployment rate reached 6.7 percent in April, up from March but lower than the same time last year.
Man enters plea deal in 2008 Kodiak death
KODIAK, Alaska - A 27-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after running over a homeless man in 2008 and leaving him to die.
Portion of Dalton Highway to remain closed until next week
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FBI detonates old dynamite found in Alaska mining camp
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - FBI officials have detonated a batch of old dynamite discovered at a mining camp north of the Eureka Roadhouse along the Glenn Highway.
Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians, Alaska Natives
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place
Alaska wildfire responders keeping eye on dry conditions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Green leaves have popped out on trees throughout interior Alaska, but the dry vegetation below is putting wildfire responders on edge.
Murkowski spokesman: Plans for 24-hour crossings at Hyder
JUNEAU, Alaska - A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Canadian government plans to allow for 24-hour crossings at the border of Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia.
Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.
City of Bethel, Gregory settle on rough arrest accusation
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Senate adjourns special session called by Walker
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Legislature on Thursday ended the special session called by Gov. Bill Walker and immediately began its own special session, in Anchorage instead of Juneau.
Police: Deaths of couple, 2 kids appear to be murder-suicide
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Anchorage School District says it won't lay off teachers
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Anchorage man shot in jaw during home invasion, robbery
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ACLU says Anchorage restriction on alcohol sales illegal
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Alaska Senate panel advances revised sexual assault prevention bill
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Charges dropped against former Boy Scouts' store manager
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Charges have been dropped against the former store manager for Alaska's Boy Scouts, who was accused of stealing more than $27,000 from the organization.
Obama: Climate change deniers endanger national security
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Sitka Centennial Hall closed after possible asbestos found
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Gov. Walker appoints Alaska game board member to fish board
FAIRBANKS—Gov. Bill Walker has appointed an Alaska Board of Game member to the state Board of Fisheries.
Borough Assembly to weigh spending more on air quality program
FAIRBANKS — The assembly is putting the finishing touches on an enhanced air quality program, while a ballot measure is in the works to dial it back.
15-year-old arrested in assault of Anchorage bicyclist
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have arrested a teenager in an assault that left a bicyclist with a skull fracture.
SUV, Alaska State Troopers patrol car roll in accident
SOLDOTNA, Alaska - An Alaska State Trooper and another man were treated for non-life threatening injuries after a two-car accident on the Sterling Highway.
Halcro helps lead Anchorage mayor's transition team
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former rival will serve as the co-chair of the transition team for Anchorage Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz.
Walker won't force Juneau as special session venue
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Trooper shoots charging bear near southern Alaska campground
SITKA, Alaska - An Alaska Wildlife Trooper shot and killed a charging bear that had been roaming a southern Alaska estuary and campground for about a month.

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