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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.

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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.

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Anchorage Daily News
Chinese naval ships came within 12 nautical miles of US soil in Aleutian Islands
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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
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Arctic Council listening session planned for Thursday in Anchorage
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Unmanned vessel aids in charting Arctic waters
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Obama brings funding, climate change announcements on trip to Kotzebue
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Paring his bucket list, Obama relishes a hike in Alaska
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Climate change, opportunities drive far-flung interest in Arctic
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Highlighted by Obama visit, Seward is a microcosm of climate change
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Fairbanks Daily News
Fuel tanker overturns, ignites at intersection of Parks, Glenn highways
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Scientists to measure ash stirred from 1912 Alaska eruption
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Judge: Injunction against water rule limited to 13 states
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Chinese naval ships came within 12 nautical miles of American soil
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Uber settles over unpaid workers' compensation insurance in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The ride-sharing service Uber has agreed to pay Alaska more than $77,900 in connection to unpaid workers' compensation insurance for its drivers.
Alaska woman accused of stealing patrol car holding husband
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A woman suspected of stealing an Alaska State Troopers patrol car that held her handcuffed husband in the back seat was arrested on suspicion of theft and other charges.
Department of Natural Resources limits heavy vehicles on Rex Trail
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Washington, Alaska Airlines reach naming rights deal on stadium
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Obama's visit a big deal for Kotzebue
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Repsol settles with EPA over Alaska spill
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Alaska borough to sell idled ferry to Philippine Red Cross
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Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker
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Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users
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Alaska economist says ConocoPhillips layoffs have broad reach
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Obama urges action on climate change from the front lines in arctic Alaska
KOTZEBUE, ALASKA — The packed gymnasium of the Kotzebue school erupted in thunderous applause when President Barack Obama entered the room and took the stage.
In Alaska, massive achievement gaps separate Native and white students
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Residents of eroding village welcome Obama's attention
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful Wednesday for President Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them sec
In rural Alaska, Obama works to speed renewable energy revolution
KOTZEBUE, Alaska - The White House announced Wednesday that it would launch a $4 million initiative to speed the development of renewable energy in remote Alaskan communities, part of a package of new
Obama gets a lesson in fish behavior in Dillingham
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Obama arrives in Kotzebue after stop in Dillingham on final day of Alaska tour
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Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska
WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia.
Alaska Supreme Court to hear school funding lawsuit soon
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Seward to move forward with renewable energy heating project
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Obama visit puts spotlight on plight of rural Alaska
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Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time'
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operati
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