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Monday, June 1st, 2015
at City Council Chambers

Worksession – 5:30

Permanent Fund Managers Report To Council

Regular Meeting –7pm
Items include:
  1. Approval to Purchase a 2015 Caterpillar 450F Backhoe Loader from NC Machinery in the Amount of $183,517
  2. Approval to Purchase a 2015 GMC 3500 Double Cab 4wd Service Truck from Alaska Sales and Service in the Amount of $48,699.68
  3. Approval of Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Renewal for Valdez Yellow Cab
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Kathryn Keeney, a graduating high school senior from Valdez High School is a 2015 BP Principals Scholarship winner. She will receive a $4,000 scholarship and is among 25 winners of the BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program state wide. Since 1985, BP has awarded more than $3.5 million to 775 Alaska students who have excelled in academics and community service.
Valdez, AK – Blasting operations will commence at the Valdez New Harbor construction site Friday as part of the Phase One Uplands development project.
Blasting will occur daily from May 29th through October 1st between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00pm. Exact blast times will be scheduled to minimize impact to pedestrian and vessel traffic, as well as local business operations and community events.

CLICK HERE to view full press release

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Time for action: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission releases recommendations
By supporting boarding schools that aimed to force Natives to assimilate, Canada's government "participated in a period of cultural genocide," the commission's chairman says. 
Russian navy sending nearly 45,000 tons of goods to Arctic bases
Food and supplies are headed to navy bases across the Arctic, some of them mothballed Soviet-era sites that are being revived by the Northern Fleet. 
Petition to restrict brown bears in North Sweden
Wildlife managers say the bear population has not grown but that the animals are in the lowlands grazing on spring plants that have not yet emerged in the mountains. 
Barter Island artifacts temporarily back in Alaska for examination, digital preservation
About 3,000 artifacts excavated during the historic Canadian Arctic Expedition are on loan to the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, where they are being studied and copied to create a virtual collection.
Crews plan to raise northern Dalton Highway with 2 million tons of gravel
The far northern section of the Dalton Highway, ravaged by ice and floodwaters this spring, is expected to open to 24-hour traffic Friday morning. 
Groups issue challenge in attempt to block Shell's Arctic drilling
Ten environmental groups are challenging a federal agency in court over its approval of drilling permits off Alaska's northwest coast, in hopes of halting or delaying Shell's plans to drill in Arctic waters.
Environmental groups to challenge Arctic lease sale again
A dozen environmental groups told a federal court Monday they are renewing a challenge to the 2008 federal petroleum lease sale off Alaska's northwest shore, where Royal Dutch Shell PLC hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer.
Japan wants wind power from Arctic Norway
Finnmark, Norway's northernmost county, has plenty of wind and wind-generated power. The challenge is finding a way to export it to eager buyers. 
Alaska's spring whaling season a success despite challenging sea ice
Five villages around northern Alaska landed 17 whales this spring, despite Arctic ice that was at once jumbled and unpredictable as well as so soft it endangered the harvest of at least one whale that had already been hauled to the surface.
Unmanned aircraft scouts ice conditions for North Slope whalers
Before this spring's whaling season began, a Ptarmigan -- a small drone designed and built by a UAF engineering student -- flew over the Arctic Ocean near Barrow, making a three-dimensional map of the sea ice that allowed whalers to take a closer look at ice conditions and find the best routes to open leads.
Fairbanks Daily News
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