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COAST ESTABLISHES FIREWORKS SAFETY ZONE
VALDEZ, Alaska – The Coast Guard will establish a temporary 200-yard safety zone around the Valdez Spit on Saturday July 4, 2015. To ensure the safety of the public viewing this year’s City of Valdez 4th of July fireworks display, as well as the safety of mariners transiting the Port during the display, the Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone encompassing the navigable waters within a 200-yard radius of the terminus of the Valdez Spit.

CLICK HERE to view full press release
CITY SEARCHING FOR NEW MANAGER

The Valdez City Council will hold a work session Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 5:30 pm. Materials (resumes) for the Work Session are available on the City website. The Council has allotted 45 minutes to speak with each candidate individually via teleconference.

CLICK HERE to read candidate resumes. 

Mayor Larry Weaver will facilitate the process.  Interview times for applicants are as follows:
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM –  City Council Interview Preparation
Mr. Tony Barrett, 6:00 PM  AK Time  (10 PM, South Carolina)
Ms. Nancy Peterson 6:45 PM AK Time (7:45 PM Seattle)
Mr. Alan Sorum 7:30 PM (Mr. Sorum is in Wrangell, AK)
Mr. Robert Jean 8:15 PM AK Time  (5:00 AM, London)
4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS

Discharge of Fireworks within the City Limits of Valdez is restricted to:
10pm - Friday, July 3rd through
11:59pm - Saturday, July 4th
Valdez Municipal Code Section 9.12.070

 The Chief of Police may revoke permission where the health and safety
of a person may be endangered.



 
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