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After interviewing interim applicants June 30th, the Valdez City Council put together a contract to hire Mr. Robert Jean as interim City Manager. Jean will be available to begin work in Valdez on July 20th and is expected to act as City Manager until the Council hires a permanent replacement.

 Prince William Sound – For black bear hunters in Game Management Unit 6D, the 2015 – 2016 regulatory year has incurred some important changes.  Based upon  the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADFG) black bear harvest data  from 1994 to 2014, the black bear population in Prince William Sound appears to be under duress, as witnessed in the steady decline of successful harvests from the 2007 peak season.  In addition to the decline in harvests, the percentage of sows harvested has been over 40% since 2012 (target percentage is less than 20%).   As a result, ADFG has elected to implement a registration hunt, in lieu of the long standing general season,  for the 2015 – 2016 season to help foster conservation  and regeneration of the black bear population to a healthy and sustainable state. 
Beginning in fall 2015, permits will be available online at the ADFG website or in any ADFG office. Hunters will have five days to report their harvest, and 30 days to seal the bear.  For Unit 6D, the black bear harvest for the season will be 200 bears, and once the quota is achieved the season will immediately close and all hunters notified (via the email provided upon registration). 

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Monday, July 6th  2015
at City Council Chambers

Work Session – 5:30
Work Session with Providence Valdez Medical Center Health Advisory Council

Regular Meeting – 7pm
Items include:
  1. Approval of Interim City Manager Contract
  2. Approval of Contract with Warren Miller Entertainment in the Amount of $45,000 for Promotion Program
  3. Approval of Change Order #10 to the Contract with R&M Consultants, Inc. for Upland Facilities Design for the New Harbor in the Amount of $231,521
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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

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