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Preliminary Election Results – City of Valdez
Regular Municipal Election – Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Final results will be available Wednesday, May 6th after election officials count question and absentee ballots. Due to mechanical malfunction feeding 3 ballots, Precinct #1 will also be re-confirmed Tuesday night. KVAK will post final results as soon as they are available

3 Seats Available
Name Precinct #1 Precinct #2 Precinct #3 Total
Alvin Murray  25 25  27  77
Douglas Davies  49 22  37  108
Ryan McCune  172 88 136   396
Robert Mueller  23 17 23   63
H. Lea Cockerham  116 71 59   246
Dawson Moore  94 53 56   203
Greg Davis  95 59  73  227
Roger Kipar  29 28 33   90
Lon Needles  105 71 115   291
Question Ballots
55 Total Absentee Ballots to be counted Wednesday
John Hozey received the most write-in votes (140 Votes):
Precinct #1 - 89
Precinct #2 – 34
Precinct #3 - 17
2 Seats Available
Name Precinct #1 Precinct #2 Precinct #3 Total
Dolores Gard  206 128  142  476
Kathleen Todd  247 140  165  552
Question Ballots
55 Total Absentee Ballots to be counted Wednesday 


Polls Open: Tuesday May 5, 2015
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Polling Locations
Precinct No. 1 - Valdez Teen Center
Precinct No. 2 - Valdez City Council Chambers
Precinct No. 3 - Robe River Fire Station

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk's office at (907) 834-3468

Election Questions were mailed and e-mailed to all candidates for City Council & School Board. The answers in this publication are the printed exactly as received by KVAK.

City Council Candidates
Robert Mueller
Alvin Murray
Dawson Moore
Doug Davies
Greg Davis
H. Lea Cockerham
Lon Needles
Ryan McCune

Question #1 - CLICK HERE to read Candidates Answer to the Following Question, What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?

School Board Candidates
Dolores Gard
Kathleen Todd

Question #1 - CLICK HERE to read Candidates Answer to the Following Question, What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?

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Anchorage Daily News
Carter: US Arctic defense policy falls short
The U.S. needs a more definitive defense policy for the Arctic, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday. 
As U.S. assumes chairmanship, what’s next for Arctic Council?
The U.S. emphasis on climate change means that non-Arctic nations that are big carbon emitters, like China and India, will be big players in addressing far-north climate problems. 
Arctic Council -- from looking out to looking in
Under Canadian leadership, the Arctic Council focused on issues of domestic Canadian concern, especially maritime and telecommunications issues. Those issues are important, but the inward focus might have undermined the council's international status. 
Up to 500 reindeer in Finland killed annually by trains; no fences planned
Reindeer herders want the state-owned railway to build fences to protect the animals, but the Finnish Transport Agency says the herders are responsible for erecting and maintaining fences. 
'Last Ice' claims lives of researchers
Scientists who were in the Canadian Arctic studying the thinning sea ice have fallen through, with tragic results. 
Russian governor praises role of Barents Council
Arkhangelsk's governor says the regional council is a model of regional cooperation, important in a time of geopolitical tensions. 
Three taken into custody at nuclear protest in Pyhäjoki, Finland
The action was staged at the site where Fennovoima is building a controversial plant. Two of the protesters chained themselves to excavation equipment. 
Seattle requires new permit for Shell’s drill ship to moor, but may not issue it
The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has ruled.
Rosneft readies more Kara Sea mapping
The company, hit by Western sanctions and low oil prices, is postponing drilling, but it says seismic mapping is still a go. 
Norway must ramp up military in response to Russia, report says
There is little risk of outright conflict, but Norway should invest more in its military to restore a power balance in the region, the report says. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Painting crew argument leads to shooting, assault arrest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An argument between members of an Anchorage painting crew erupted into a shooting that left one man seriously wounded and another under arrest.
Anchorage police investigate shooting that left man wounded
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say a man was shot Wednesday morning on the city's east side and the suspected shooter was detained.
Alaska to reintroduce grizzly bear license plate
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaskans will soon be able to outfit their vehicles with retro license plates that feature a rearing grizzly bear.
Alaska governor signs bill creating Marijuana Control Board
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation creating a new board to regulate the legal marijuana industry in Alaska.
Federal judge dismisses suit over Alaska 2010 military plane crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A judge has granted the state's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the widow of one of four men killed when a military cargo plane crashed in 2010 while training for a popular A
Berkowitz wins Anchorage mayoral race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Democrat Ethan Berkowitz will be the next mayor of Anchorage after a decisive win over Republican Amy Demboski in a runoff election.
Floatplane capsizes in Ketchikan; all evacuated safely
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A commercial floatplane with a pilot and four passengers capsized in Ketchikan but all escaped without harm.
Black bears removed from Anchorage neighborhood move to Hope
ANCORAGE, Alaska - A family of black bears that used to frequent an Anchorage neighborhood and were relocated last week have found their way back to civilization, this time in a small town on Turnagai
Shuttle buses poised to begin running at Denali for season
JUNEAU, Alaska - Shuttle buses are scheduled to begin running in Denali Park and Preserve later this month.
Alaska Aerial Media gets FAA approval to fly commercial drones
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Drones are flying commercially in Alaska under hobbyist-turned-businessman Ryan Marlow.
Teen pleads guilty to Anchorage cyclist's hit-and-run death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage teen is facing a three-year sentence instead of the decade possible in exchange for pleading guilty to driving under the influence last summer and killing popular loca
Army says man fatally stabbed in Anchorage was soldier
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 33-year-old man stabbed to death in a home in east Anchorage was an Army soldier originally from Italy.
Body found in Kuskokwim River may be missing ATV rider
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A body believed to be that of an Akiak woman missing since December on an all-terrain vehicle trip has been recovered from the Kuskokwim River.
Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season; snow melts early in Fairbanks
WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an "above average" fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to p
Alaska crews preparing for start to wildfire season
ANCHORAGE — Alaska fire crews are back at work for a summer wildfire season that follows a winter of below-average snow and exposed, drying combustibles on the ground in parts of the state.
Anchorage man charged with murder in weekend stabbing death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage man was charged Monday in a weekend stabbing attack that left a man dead and the suspect's former girlfriend critically injured in her mobile home, authorities said.
Alaska health officials confirm case of shellfish poisoning
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Officials have confirmed a case of paralytic shellfish poisoning from a mixture of clams harvested from a beach north of Ketchikan.
Seattle mayor: Port needs new permit for Arctic oil fleet
SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray threw a wrench into plans for a 400-foot oil-drilling rig to arrive in Seattle when he announced Monday that the Port of Seattle can't host Shell's offshore Arctic fleet unti
Woman dies after crashing 4-wheeler in Alaska village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 34-year-old woman has died after crashing a four-wheeler in the village of Upper Kalskag.
Body of Nenana woman found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Nenana woman whose body was found outside in Fairbanks on Sunday.
Wasilla man dies after vehicle rollover
WASILLA, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 38-year-old Wasilla man has died after a single-vehicle rollover.
Police locate man as part of probe into death in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say they've located a man they were looking for in connection with a death at an east-side residence.
Alaska Air jet makes emergency landing at Vancouver airport
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A U.S. passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport.
4-time Iditarod champ to speak at dinner cruise fundraiser
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After earthquake, snow swept down from Everest as climbers watched in fear
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