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COAST GUARD RESPONDS TO GROUNDED VESSEL IN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
 
VALDEZ, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to an 82-foot fishing vessel aground in Prince William Sound, Sunday, August 02, 2015.
 
At approximately 4:45 a.m. Sunday, the fishing vessel Icelander ran aground on the North side of Latouche Island with 4 people on board.  No injuries were reported.
 
The vessel’s rudder received some minor damage but was not rendered unusable.  The hull remained intact and damage consisted only of paint scraping. No harm was reported to the vessel’s fuel tanks.  The vessel has a fuel capacity of 19,000 gallons and was carrying approximately 240,000 pounds of fish at the time of the grounding.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Monday, August 3rd,  2015
at City Council Chambers


Work Session – 6pm

Mayor's Beautification Task Force Update - Egan Street Beautification

Regular Meeting – 7pm
Items include:
1. Approval of Professional Services Agreement with SE Group for the Year Round Mountain Recreation Site Study in the Amount of $125,000
2. Change Order Report : Contract 1169 with Arcadis for Allison Creek Hydro Project  Plan Review & Inspection
3. Legal Billing Summary - July 23, 2015

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All meetings of City Council and School Board are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on www.kvakradio.com


 
WALKER READIES FOR OBAMA VISIT TO ALASKA

Alaska Dispatch: WASHINGTON -- Governor Bill Walker hopes he’ll get to see President Barack Obama in front of one of Alaska’s glaciers next month, he said in an interview Sunday. 
Walker met with Obama administration officials here last week to make suggestions for the president’s impending visit to Alaska. The governor’s trip to Washington was part of a swing through the nation’s capital on the way to the National Governor’s Association summer meeting in the West Virginia resort town of White Sulphur Springs. 

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Anchorage Daily News
Russia cleaning up scrap metal on Arctic coast
Russia’s Northern Fleet has established a special unit which is cleaning up the huge amounts of scrap metal left rusting along Russia’s Arctic coast.
A question in Norway: Is this mountain's name racist?
If you were to visit the sparsely populated Norwegian archipelago Svalbard, you could climb a Negro Mountain and stroll in Negro Valley which is nearby. Recently, some Norwegians have begun to ask whether the names are racist.
Russia submits vast territorial claims on Arctic Ocean shelf to UN
Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
World's glaciers losing ice at fastest rate on record, study says
The world’s glaciers are retreating at a faster rate than any time in recorded history, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Glaciology.
As food costs soar, Arctic gardeners flourish
Despite challenges -- including short growing seasons and even, in some cases, 24-hour sunlight -- gardeners across Alaska's Arctic are successfully growing their own food.
Appeal filed to prevent wolf hunt in northern Sweden
Conservation groups in Sweden have appealed a decision by the authorities in Dalarna to permit the hunting of a single wolf, to the nation's Environmental Protection Agency. The county board says until the agency rules otherwise, preparations for the hunt will continue.
Crew of Coast Guard icebreaker Healy cruises between Arctic science missions
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy has just left the Chukchi Sea, dropped off a team of scientists in Nome and is sailing through the Aleutians to its next stop in Seward, where the plan includes stocking up on fresh produce and dairy products.
Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet
OPINION: The Anchorage-based GLACIER meetings offer a useful forum to build both Arctic-wide cooperation internationally, and to consider a domestic Arctic program that does not require Alaska to become the nations’ environmental conscience.
Another unusually warm winter forecast for Alaska
Short-term weather systems and long-term climate warming are combining to create conditions ripe for another non-wintery Alaska winter.
New Russian spy ship to keep tabs on Norway
The Yuri Ivanov will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway. It has taken Russia 11 years to complete the vessel which will become the Northern Fleet’s new key instrument in monitoring Arctic waters.
Fairbanks Daily News
Alaska Legislature special session costs top $886K
JUNEAU, Alaska - Figures show the two special sessions held as lawmakers struggled to agree on a state budget cost more than $886,000.
Troopers: Missing Shageluk man found dead in Innoko River
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say searchers have found the body of a 48-year-old Shageluk man who went missing after he jumped out of a boat.
Changes planned on Seward Highway at site of fatal crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Transportations officials say the site of a multiple-vehicle collision on the Seward Highway that left an Anchorage man dead will get renovated as part of a project to reduce dange
3 plead guilty in Anchorage beating death of fisherman
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three of the men accused of beating a seasonal fisherman to death with a metal road sign in east Anchorage in September 2013 have pleaded guilty.
Sitka making plans for the sesquicentennial of Alaska Day
SITKA, Alaska - Sitka Historical Society says the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Russian claims transfer will be here before we know it - and Sitka had better be prepared.
American, Alaska flags stolen from state Capitol
JUNEAU, Alaska - Under the cover of darkness on the last day of July, three unidentified men climbed the Alaska Capitol and cut down the American and Alaska flags.
Land managers work to finish Red Devil mine cleanup feasibility study
BETHEL, Alaska - A feasibility study is being finalized for a multimillion-dollar clean up at the Red Devil mercury mine in the middle Kuskokwim River area.
Quarles named Alaska production manager for Exxon Mobil
JUNEAU, Alaska - Exxon Mobil Production Co. has a new manager for the company's business interests in Alaska.
Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the wa
Alaska senators vote to advance Planned Parenthood debate
JUNEAU, Alaska - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan voted to advance for debate legislation that would halt federal aid to Planned Parenthood.
Obama heralds impact of power plant greenhouse gas limits
WASHINGTON — Calling it a moral obligation, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, as he warned anew that climate change wi
Juneau Finance Committee debates changes to senior sales tax
JUNEAU, Alaska - The City and Borough of Juneau Finance Committee has decided to pass its proposed changes to the senior sales tax exemption on to the Assembly for consideration.
Family of 11 displaced after fire destroys trailer home
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A family of nearly a dozen people have been displaced after a fire destroyed their trailer home in Anchorage.
Job with a view: Alaska pilot opens up from cockpit
JUNEAU, Alaska — On a Wednesday afternoon at work, Sean Kveum looks outside the window to his right and spots a bear, then another one. From the cockpit of his de Havilland Beaver bush plane, he loops
Westchester Lagoon snack shack offers jobs to youth in need
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The mint-colored shack near Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage has reopened this summer as a snack-selling offspring of the Busy Beans coffee shop tucked in Government Hill. But there
July was wettest on record for Juneau, says weather service
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The National Weather Service says this July was the wettest on record for Juneau.
Only methadone clinic in Mat-Su Valley will close
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The only methadone clinic in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley will close in less than a month.
Fire officials say playground fire appears intentional
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Fire officials say they are looking for information about who might have set fire to an elementary school playground.
Ketchikan teen trap shooter takes state
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Brooke Mickel's victory as the girls junior varsity state champion in trap shooting was classic Ketchikan.
Coast Guard honors teen who survived plane crash near Hoonah
JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard has honored the teenage survivor of a plane crash near Juneau for helping other passengers and attracting the attention of rescuers.
Fatal multi-vehicle accident, including tour bus, closes Seward Highway
FAIRBANKS - A fatal multiple vehicle collision has closed the Seward Highway near 80 Mile, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers seize pot plants, grow equipment from Nome home
NOME, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers have seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $32,000 from a home outside Nome.
Conviction reversed after court finds improper search
JUNEAU, Alaska - An appeals court has reversed a man's drug conviction after determining an Anchorage police officer improperly searched his car.
With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating o
Appeals court affirms conviction of Alaska woman in hot sauce case
JUNEAU, Alaska - An Alaska appeals court has affirmed the conviction of an Anchorage woman whom prosecutors said used a videotape of herself punishing her son to get on the "Dr. Phil" show.
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