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Valdez City Council2015 Budget Hearings – Work Session Schedule
City Council Chambers
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
(Public Hearings will be followed by Work Sessions on topics as indicated)
October 22, 2014
  • Budget Overview – Assumptions & Challenges
  • Fund Review (all Funds)
  • Revenues 
  • Economic Diversification
  • Community Development
October 23, 2014
  • Public Safety Support, Animal Control, Police
  • Fire, Emergency Prep
  • IT
  • Port, Harbor, Airport
October 29, 2014
  • Employee Benefits Committee Recommendations
  • Public Works (Streets/Shop, Solid Waste)
  • Major Equipment 
  • Utilities (Water, Sewer)    

October 30, 2014

Economic Initiatives
Library, Parks & Rec, Civic Center, Parks Maint.
Administration, Finance, Council, Clerk, Law
Insurance, Permanent Fund, Debt Service Fund
Reserve Fund (Programs)

November 5, 2014

  • Community Service Organizations
  • Valdez City Schools
  • Capital Facilities (Bldg Maint., Engineering, Clinic)
  • Capital Facilities Fund (Community Investment Projects – CIP’s)
  • Major Maintenance     

November 6, 2014 - Any items postponed from previous meetings
 (last revised 10/3/14)


AVV held a vigil to remember victims of Domestic Violence as more than merely a symbolic action, but to invite people to get involved directly with the campaign against domestic violence. AVV urges people to help keep our communities focused on a very real problem, and on the need to prevent it throughout the year.
News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
High-speed link should improve Internet services in Northwest Alaska
The TERRA -- Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska -- project is an ongoing, multiyear endeavor to put better Internet, phone and television service in the hands of rural Alaskans, who have relied on spotty satellite connections until now. 
Alaska Arctic Policy Commission hears concerns about economy, climate change
After nearly two years of meetings and conferences in which members of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission heard from Arctic stakeholders, the group made another stop in Barrow to hear from delegates again before submitting their final report.
Report: Big illegal catches of Russian crab threaten stocks, flood global markets
Illegal crab harvests in the Russian Far East are threatening stocks and flooding markets, according to a new report issued by the World Wildlife Fund.
Greenland’s political crisis concerns locals and foreign investors alike
The fate of controversial mining projects and some other economic activities might hinge on results of upcoming elections. 
Finland: No need for diplomatic action on Aranda
The Russian Navy's alleged harassment of a Finnish research vessel does not rise to a level that requires a formal diplomatic response, Finland's foreign ministry determined. 
Research ship Sikuliaq to be equipped with traditional ice-testing sticks
In a few months, the ice-classed research vessel Sikuliaq, owned by the National Science Foundation, will be equipped with about a half dozen Arctic Native ice testing sticks as part of the ship’s safety outfit.
UAF, State Department announce Arctic Fulbright program
The announcement came Tuesday morning in an MSNBC interview of UAF vice chancellor Mike Sfraga and U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brezinski. UAF will team with Dartmouth College in the effort, details of which will be released later, officials said.
Barents region’s only east-west flight could be grounded in late October
The most convenient flights between northern Norway and northern Russia might end if licensing problems are not resolved.
Challenging time for Arctic mining companies
Falling metals prices have caused problems for smaller companies, some of which are struggling to recover past development costs. 
Tourists suspected after narwhal tusk goes missing in Svalbard, Norway
A tusk has been stolen from the popular and protected tourist destination, and government officials are asking cruise-ship visitors to help identify the culprit. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Paper: Files allege misconduct within Alaska Army National Guard
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Investigative files show years of alleged sexual and other misconduct among officers within the Alaska Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
Light earthquake felt in Anchorage; no damage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Earthquake Center says a light quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 was felt in Anchorage and nearby communities Friday night.
No 'winter blues' for Juneau triathletes
JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau's swim, bike and run community have another opportunity to escape the winter blues.
Alaska jobless rate unchanged from August
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent last month.
Body of missing woman found in east Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The body of a woman reported missing in Anchorage has been found in the Mountain View neighborhood.
Pot-smoking Alaska teacher receives criticism, support
JUNEAU, Alaska - A veteran Juneau elementary school teacher who publicly acknowledged in a newspaper opinion piece that he smokes marijuana will not be disciplined by school administrators.
Anchorage senator plans to investigate Alaska National Guard allegations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - State Sen. Lesil McGuire says the Legislature will hold hearings into sexual assault and other allegations involving members of the Alaska National Guard, but she's getting push ba
US Supreme Court denies Alaska officials' request to stop same-sex marriages
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by Alaska officials to stop same-sex marriages in the state.
Small southeast community becomes new Alaska city
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A small community in southeast Alaska is the state's newest city.
Man charged with vandalizing Kenai wildflower meadow
KENAI, Alaska — The city of Kenai plans to restore a vandalized 1.4-acre meadow planted with wildflowers that drew dozens of photographers when it bloomed in late summer.
Map experts, pilots aim to improve Alaska's outdated charts with technology
MYSTIC PASS, Alaska -- In the age of Google Earth, it's tempting to think human knowledge of the world is complete, with no frontiers to be charted. Which is why Alex Stack thought modern technology c
Parnell: Alaska at low risk for Ebola
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but the risk is real, and the state is taking steps to be prepared, Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday.
Palmer police investigate body found near fairgrounds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Palmer police say a man found dead Tuesday night near the Alaska State Fair fairgrounds was apparently struck by a vehicle.
Sitka tribe to develop shellfish testing lab
SITKA, Alaska - The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is planning to build a lab to test shellfish for naturally occurring toxins that could pose a health threat to subsistence harvesters.
Police chief: Bad communication in notifying wrong family of man's death
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police used the social media site Facebook to try to find the next of kin for a man killed in a car crash last week. But they used the page for the wrong Justin Priest.
State of Alaska to discuss Ebola preparedness
JUNEAU, Alaska - State officials are planning a news conference to provide an update on Alaska's Ebola preparedness plan.
Study: Sleeper sharks may kill Steller sea lions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Scientists researching the severe decline in Alaska's Steller sea lion population have a fingered a new possible suspect for the drop: Pacific sleeper sharks, a species previously
Appeals court grants state of Alaska request to delay same-sex marriages
ANCHORAGE —Alaska officials will not issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday granted a request by the state to delay a judge’s rulin
Audit team to review Alaska National Guard
JUNEAU, Alaska - Auditors are set to review management of funds by the Alaska National Guard amid allegations of fraud and misuse of resources by Guard members.
Southeast Alaska community gets new mayor
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - The southeast Alaska community of Saxman has a new mayor.
Late journalist honored by Alaska fishermen's group
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The United Fishermen of Alaska has inducted the late journalist Bob Tkacz into its Hall of Fame.
Alaskans to take part in earthquake drill
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Great Alaska Shakeout will take place at 10:16 a.m. on Thursday.
Critics, supporters speak on Juneau Access Project
JUNEAU, Alaska - Critics outnumbered advocates Tuesday in Juneau at a joint state and federal meeting on the Juneau Access Project.
Alaska's 1st known gay marriage performed in Barrow
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A remote outpost on Alaska's Arctic Coast where people are used to doing their own thing has applied that independent streak to gay marriage.
Effort underway to get out the Alaska Native vote
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Nearly one in five potential voters in the state is an Alaska Native, and a big push is underway to get them to the polls.

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