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On Monday night, April 20th during their regular meeting, the Valdez City Council held an executive session to conduct the City Manager’s annual evaluation.
Following executive session, Valdez City Council reconvened to discuss the results of the evaluation.
“Council decided to move the City of Valdez in a different direction,” said Mayor Larry Weaver. “At 10:15pm on Monday, a vote of four to three ended the employment of the Valdez City Manager, Mr. John Hozey, effective 5pm on Tuesday, April 21st. Council Member Knight made the motion, seconded by Council Member Moulton to terminate the services of the Valdez City Manager John Hozey effective 5pm Tuesday, April 21st and appoint Assistant City Manager, Todd Wegner to serve as acting City Manager.
Council Vote
 Mayor Weaver – Nay
Council Member Shirrell – Nay
Council Member Wells – Nay
Council Member Smith – Yay
Council Member Moulton – Yay
Council Member Knight – Yay
Council Member Fleming - Yay

Newsminer (4-14-15) - KODIAK, Alaska - The Alaska state recorder's office in Kodiak is among six offices from the agency that are expected to be closed because of budget cuts.
Kodiak radio station KMXT ( reports the office certifies property purchases.
Alaska has 34 recording districts. The districts are served by 11 offices, which will be decreased to five offices.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink says the department faces a net loss of 81 positions.
She says six of those positions are in recorders' offices, most of which are staffed by one person.
The other expected recorder's office closures are targeted for Bethel, Homer, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez. Five locations to remain open are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai and Palmer.
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Anchorage Daily News
Sunken Soviet submarines threaten massive radioactive contamination
One of the vessels sank 12 years ago; the other was disposed of, after it was damaged, in Stepovogo Bay in 1982. If dangerous materials leak, the fish-rich areas would be closed off to commercial harvests. 
Finland’s Sámi request UN's help in securing their rights
A Finnish Sámi leader, disappointed by the failure of her nation to ratify an indigenous rights treaty, wants international pressure to push Finland's parliament to act.
Warming waters pose dangers to Arctic cod, research finds
The first successful captive rearing of Arctic cod is revealing important information about a species that spends critical parts of its life beneath Arctic ice, scientists say. 
Invisible organisms threaten to make climate change much worse
A new study tackles the question of how rising temperatures can change the activity of microorganisms in the Arctic. The study focuses on methane production rather than carbon dioxide — an important issue to understand because of methane's potency.
Arctic Council ministerial -- winners and losers
With the U.S. taking leadership of the Arctic Council, climate change moves to the forefront of the agenda and some Canadian priorities take a back seat. 
Oil spills surprisingly common in Finland, but cleanup dependent on volunteers
As vessel traffic increases, so do spill risks. The Saimaa region, home to a rare lake seal, is particularly vulnerable.
Shell, Greenpeace spar over Arctic drilling safety zones
Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC presented testimony to a federal court judge Tuesday that the company needs safety zones around its Arctic drill fleet to prevent Greenpeace USA activists from endangering company workers and themselves.
Shell financial reports about Arctic drilling are too 'rosy,' environmentalists charge
A petition filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeks an investigation into Shell financial reports that critics say gloss over risks to investors from offshore Arctic drilling.
Indigenous leaders warn international community: Continued tensions with Russia will harm Arctic
Indigenous people will be the first to suffer if cooperation efforts falter, leaders said at the Arctic Council meeting in Iqaluit. 
Norway is polluting Murmansk, says Russian official
A Murmansk environmental official claims industrial operations on the Kola Peninsula should not be blamed for the region's heavy pollution. Scientists, including those from Russia, are skeptical. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Kodiak man sentenced after sex-assault case guilty plea
KODIAK, Alaska - A judge has sent a man he called "one of the most dangerous people to come to Kodiak" to prison for attempted assault and coercion.
Mallott to discuss Alaska-Canada trans-boundary issues
JUNEAU, Alaska - Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott plans to meet with Canadian officials, tribal leaders and Canadian mining interests during a trip focused on trans-boundary resource issues.
Plans advancing to raze properties acquired for Knik Arm Bridge project
JUNEAU, Alaska - The state transportation department plans to move ahead with demolishing three Anchorage properties acquired as part of the idled Knik Arm bridge project.
Musical honors life, history of ‘samurai musher’ Jujiro Wada
FAIRBANKS — A storied part of Alaska history is getting it theatrical moment this weekend with a musical tribute celebrating the life of Jujiro Wada.
Group continues effort to get setnet ban on 2016 ballot
JUNEAU, Alaska - A proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska is making its way toward the ballot, while a lawsuit over its legality continues.
Anchorage bear family relocated away from city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Officials say a family of five black bears that were frequenting an Anchorage neighborhood has been relocated away from the city.
Suspect in Kodiak barricade surrenders to authorities
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old Kodiak man is under arrest after barricading himself at a local apartment building, at one point offering $100 to a trooper in exchange for
Port of Anchorage sees first new construction in four decades
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Methanol will soon be transported through the Port of Anchorage as Delta Western begins construction on a new tank to hold the fuel and a truck rack to distribute it.
Trooper at center of Palin probe loses police certificate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Officials revoked the law enforcement certification of the former state trooper at the center of the so-called Troopergate scandal that led to investigations into whether Sarah Pal
Feds still trying to plan fate of Alaska island feral cattle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal wildlife managers are still trying to determine the fate of hundreds of feral cattle that have long gone without caretakers on a remote, uninhabited Alaska island.
2-hour Anchorage standoff ends with man's arrest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 24-year-old man who witnesses say fired shots and smashed a window is under arrest in Anchorage after a two-hour standoff with police and a SWAT team.
Anchorage School District proposal lays off 20 teachers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - About 20 teachers may be looking for new jobs under a proposal that would reduce the Anchorage School District budget by $16.7 million for the coming school year.
Murkowski, others in GOP, press EPA chief on air and water regulations
ANCHORAGE — Republicans in the U.S. Senate, including Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, are questioning the Environmental Protection Agency on proposed water and air regulations, as well as discussing ways
Alaska Legislature takes break amid budget standoff; Walker won't stop them
JUNEAU—The House and Senate on Thursday approved a resolution that would allow them to take a break until May 12 while finance committees continue to hammer out a deal on a fully funded budget.
Researchers breed Arctic cod; species vulnerable to warming
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A silvery fish that represents an important link in the Arctic food chain has been successfully grown in laboratory conditions, giving federal researchers a tool to learn more abou
Alaska Legislature passes resolution allowing recess while committees meet
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution authorizing lawmakers to recess until May 12 while the finance committees continue to meet.
Charles Hamel, influential oil industry whistleblower, dies at 84
Charles Hamel, an influential oil industry whistleblower whose efforts so exasperated his targets that petroleum companies hired private detectives for a spying campaign to ferret out his sources and
Second man dies of injuries from Talkeetna shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a second man has died from injuries sustained in a shooting in Talkeetna.
Bethel council protests 2 liquor store applications
BETHEL, Alaska - Bethel council members want to extend the city's 40-year history of not having a liquor store.
Regulatory board will take first look at new marijuana regs
JUNEAU, Alaska - Communities could opt-out or limit commercial and retail marijuana sales much the same way they do alcohol under proposed regulations put forth by the state alcohol control board.
Biologists capture all 5 bears out of Anchorage neighborhood
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Biologists have captured the last of five black bears that were frequenting an Anchorage neighborhood.
Gov. Walker says Legislature will stay in session until budget is passed
JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said he’s fine with legislators taking a break before getting to Medicaid expansion and Erin’s Law with one condition: they pass a fully funded budget before leaving Juneau.
Body of overdue Seldovia boater found in Kachemak Bay
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say searchers have found the body of an overdue boater from Seldovia.
Fire at power plant leaves Emmonak in dark
BETHEL, Alaska - A fire at a local power plant kept Emmonak residents without power Tuesday morning.
Sitka Hospital asks community for help with money problems
SITKA, Alaska  - Sitka Community Hospital is turning to the residents it serves to try to figure out how to climb out of its $2 million budget deficit.

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