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VALDEZ, Alaska – The Coast Guard will establish a temporary 200-yard safety zone around the Valdez Spit on Saturday July 4, 2015. To ensure the safety of the public viewing this year’s City of Valdez 4th of July fireworks display, as well as the safety of mariners transiting the Port during the display, the Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone encompassing the navigable waters within a 200-yard radius of the terminus of the Valdez Spit.

CLICK HERE to view full press release

The Valdez City Council will hold a work session Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 5:30 pm. Materials (resumes) for the Work Session are available on the City website. The Council has allotted 45 minutes to speak with each candidate individually via teleconference.

CLICK HERE to read candidate resumes. 

Mayor Larry Weaver will facilitate the process.  Interview times for applicants are as follows:
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM –  City Council Interview Preparation
Mr. Tony Barrett, 6:00 PM  AK Time  (10 PM, South Carolina)
Ms. Nancy Peterson 6:45 PM AK Time (7:45 PM Seattle)
Mr. Alan Sorum 7:30 PM (Mr. Sorum is in Wrangell, AK)
Mr. Robert Jean 8:15 PM AK Time  (5:00 AM, London)

Discharge of Fireworks within the City Limits of Valdez is restricted to:
10pm - Friday, July 3rd through
11:59pm - Saturday, July 4th
Valdez Municipal Code Section 9.12.070

 The Chief of Police may revoke permission where the health and safety
of a person may be endangered.

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
New federal permit could change Shell's plan for drilling in Alaska's Arctic
A regulation meant to protect Arctic walruses prohibits simultaneous operation of two drill rigs within 15 miles of each other. That means Shell's Chukchi well sites, which are clustered together, likely won't be drilled simultaneously, an Interior spokeswoman says. 
Melting Arctic ice could be disrupting oceans' circulation - with major consequences
As Arctic sea ice melts, it could disrupt a powerful Atlantic Ocean current that regulates temperatures in Western Europe and the East Coast of North America.
2nd Shell oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska
Royal Dutch Shell's second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington to Alaska as the company prepares to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.
Nunavut community revives eiderdown business
Villagers collect down in the traditional style, pulling it from birds' nests. They hope to use it to make parkas and duvets to sell to buyers farther south.
Snowden ceremony shouldn’t take place in Barents Arctic, official says
A proposal for an award ceremony to be held in September in the Norway-Russia border region is not being well-received by one local Norwegian official. 
Asia ahead on preparing for polar climate change, says U.S. Arctic rep
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Icy earthquakes can help scientists track shrinking glaciers
Researchers offer a new explanation for Greenland’s glacial earthquakes, which have become increasingly frequent in recent years.
Canada creates Polar Medal for Arctic advancement
The medal will be awarded to people who make important contributions to Arctic life and knowledge, Canada's government said.
Beneath the permafrost, fountains wait to burst forth
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Imperial joint venture delays plan for oil drilling in Canadian Arctic
Imperial Oil and its offshore Arctic joint-venture partners are delaying their plans for an ambitious drilling project in the Canadian Beaufort Sea.
Fairbanks Daily News
Investigator: Removal of Alaska plane wreckage weeks away
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Heavy rain forecast east of Fairbanks, smoke to the west
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks sits on the dividing line today between a National Weather Service flood watch and a smoke advisory.
Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflation-linked increases
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not increase rates for Medicaid providers, citing an underfunded budget.
Alaska state-funded corp. criticized for golf during office hours
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A state-owned corporation is under fire after it was discovered the company sponsored a golf tournament that saw employees on the links during business hours.
Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska
EVERETT, Wash. - Royal Dutch Shell's second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska.
Rain helped, but fire crews still stretched thin in Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks saw rain and mostly smoke-free skies during the weekend, but it doesn’t change the fact that large unconfined fires continue to burn around the Interior. 
Alaska wildfire map
Crashes in Alaska brought safety steps for tourism flights
JUNEAU, Alaska — A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all ni
Alaska governor signs first tax increase in 10 years
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska is facing the first tax increase in a decade after Governor Bill Walker signed the measure into law on Saturday morning.
Alaska, 12 other states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water
BISMARCK, N.D. - Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetl
Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded boaters in Favorite Channel
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Woman, 63, injured in Placer River rafting accident
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Musher DeeDee Jonrowe signs up for Iditarod after losing home in wildfire
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Elderly pit bull survives encounter with bear in Alaska
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Investigators at Alaska site of plane crash that killed 9
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Large Alaska tribe to boycott FedEx for its NFL sponsorship
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Communications lag rattles relatives after Alaska plane crash
JUNEAU, Alaska - For Pat and Judy Thompson, it was a "five-hour window of fearing the worst."
Anchorage Craigslist ad seeking drivers not posted by Uber
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Controversy lingers over raising orphaned moose calves
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Moose Mamas have a singular mission: to raise orphaned urban moose calves and release them into rural areas of the state suffering from flagging moose populations.
9 victims in deadly Alaska plane crash identified
Recovery effort resumes after deadly Alaska plane crash
JUNEAU, Alaska - Crews resumed recovery efforts Friday at a remote site in southeast Alaska where a sightseeing plane crashed, killing all nine people aboard.
Death certificate issued for missing Sitka woman
SITKA, Alaska — The disappearance of a Sitka woman three years ago is now under investigation as a possible homicide.
Kenai River to allow king salmon fishing with restrictions
KENAI, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has placed restrictions on king salmon fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.
Shell heads for Alaska while awaiting final drilling permits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One Royal Dutch Shell offshore drill rig is headed to Alaska and a second is poised to leave, despite lacking final federal permits that would allow exploratory drilling and possib
Alaskans react to ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide
FAIRBANKS—Here are collection of comments from Alaskans in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation.
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