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CITY COUNCIL AND INTERIM CITY MANAGER TO HOST DISCUSSION ON FUTURE OF VALDEZ SEPTEMBER 8th


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The City of Valdez recently published a document that outlines information and possible outcomes for a sustainable-affordable Valdez economy. Strategic plan workshops started this discussion back in 2010 and it will be continued Tuesday, September 8th at the 7pm during the regular City Council meeting. Interim City Manager Bob Jean said he hopes the September 8th meeting will become part of an ongoing conversation over the next few years. 

CLICK HERE to read the packet put together by City Manager Bob Jean
COAST GUARD TO CONDUCT COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL EXAMS IN CORDOVA
 
VALDEZ, Alaska – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez will be sending a team of commercial fishing vessel examiners to Cordova September 17-21, 2015.
 
This will be the third and final visit made by MSU Valdez to conduct exams for this year. The Coast Guard encourages mariners to schedule their free commercial fishing vessel safety exams to improve preparedness and ensure they are in compliance with current regulations.

CLICK HERE for full press release
SEAN DUFFY PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS
Sean Duffy moved from Valdez to Anchorage a couple years ago and plays baseball and football at West Anchorage High School. Currently starting quarterback for the Eagles, Duffy was recently featured in a story the Alaska School Activities Association website.

CLICK HERE to read.
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Obama: Alaskans show the American spirit that US will use to lead on climate, clean energy
OPINION: In a commentary exclusive to Alaska Dispatch News, President Barack Obama argues that the experiences of Alaskans should underscore the urgency that Americans lead the world on climate change and clean energy technology.
Chinese naval ships came within 12 nautical miles of US soil in Aleutian Islands
The ships did not violate international law, which allows countries to transit other nations' seas under what is called "innocent passage," an official said. 
On his voyage to Alaska, President Obama banks on the power of celebrity
President Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change.
Obama touts support for Alaska in visit to Kotzebue
Climate change was front and center in President Barack Obama’s unusual trip to the Arctic on Wednesday, in which he flew over the flood-threatened village of Kivalina and stopped at the Inupiat hub town of Kotzebue.
Sea ice melted faster than usual in August, on pace for 3rd- or 4th-lowest year on record
Arctic sea ice in August melted faster than usual, putting 2015 on pace to be the year with the third- or fourth lowest ice extent on record. The faster rate means Canada's M'Clure Strait passage may be open this year for the first time since 2007.
Arctic Council listening session planned for Thursday in Anchorage
The United States is now leading the eight-nation Arctic Council, and the State Department has scheduled a listening session Thursday to gather Alaskans’ ideas, answer questions and provide an update on the planned U.S. program.
Unmanned vessel aids in charting Arctic waters
A Palmer-based company used an unmanned boat to perform bathymetry surveys in support of NOAA efforts to create navigational charts in Alaska's Arctic waters.
Obama brings funding, climate change announcements on trip to Kotzebue
The White House on Wednesday announced new efforts and funding to encourage energy efficiency in remote villages and the appointment of a federal coordinator for “climate resilience” in Alaska, in conjunction with President Barack Obama's trip to Kotzebue.  
Paring his bucket list, Obama relishes a hike in Alaska
President Obama is in legacy mode but also in bucket-list mode, increasingly determined to use his remaining 15 months in office to do and see spectacular things. These days, when Obama’s policy agenda overlaps with an irresistible sightseeing opportunity, he grabs it. 
Climate change, opportunities drive far-flung interest in Arctic
Worried about the effects of a warming Arctic and drawn to the economic opportunities it poses, nations from from the region are increasingly taking an active interest in the Arctic.
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