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Valdez City Council2015 Budget Hearings – Work Session Schedule
City Council Chambers
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
(Public Hearings will be followed by Work Sessions on topics as indicated)
October 22, 2014
  • Budget Overview – Assumptions & Challenges
  • Fund Review (all Funds)
  • Revenues 
  • Economic Diversification
  • Community Development
October 23, 2014
  • Public Safety Support, Animal Control, Police
  • Fire, Emergency Prep
  • IT
  • Port, Harbor, Airport
October 29, 2014
  • Employee Benefits Committee Recommendations
  • Public Works (Streets/Shop, Solid Waste)
  • Major Equipment 
  • Utilities (Water, Sewer)    

October 30, 2014

Economic Initiatives
Library, Parks & Rec, Civic Center, Parks Maint.
Administration, Finance, Council, Clerk, Law
Insurance, Permanent Fund, Debt Service Fund
Reserve Fund (Programs)

November 5, 2014

  • Community Service Organizations
  • Valdez City Schools
  • Capital Facilities (Bldg Maint., Engineering, Clinic)
  • Capital Facilities Fund (Community Investment Projects – CIP’s)
  • Major Maintenance     

November 6, 2014 - Any items postponed from previous meetings
 (last revised 10/3/14)


AVV held a vigil to remember victims of Domestic Violence as more than merely a symbolic action, but to invite people to get involved directly with the campaign against domestic violence. AVV urges people to help keep our communities focused on a very real problem, and on the need to prevent it throughout the year.
News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Russia says no need for NATO in Arctic, expands own military presence
As Russia expands its military across the Arctic, Norway is calling for more NATO presence in the area. Despite the tensions, officials from both nations will meet this weekend to mark the World War II liberation of Kirkenes. 
Struggle to control dangerous stray dogs across northern Canada
Sterilization programs are targeting the abandoned pets and feral dogs that pose health and safety risks in hundreds of small communities. 
Sweden’s military is in touch with 'something' in sub hunt, reports say
The underwater search detected presence of a foreign vessel likely conducting an intelligence operation, but military leaders are not yet releasing details. 
New standards being discussed for Arctic oil and gas activities
Experts meeting in Tromsø this week say consistent standards across the Arctic will make oil and gas operations safer and, in the long run, more economic. 
Air route links Norway, Sweden and Finland in Arctic
Tromsø will be a hub in the new international route running across the top of Scandinavia. 
Is social media contributing to wildlife decline in Canada’s Arctic?
Online commercialization of "country food" like caribou meat and whale muktuk puts some species at risk for overhunting, wildlife experts told Nunavut residents.
State asks feds for transfer of 19,322 disputed acres on North Slope
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower inked the declaration under which the 49th state joined the union, no one thought that 55 years later, the state and federal governments would still be arguing about the map of Alaska. 
Sweden continues search for suspected foreign submarine
As Swedes hunt for a Russian submarine suspected to be in the Stockholm archipelago, Finland's president expresses concerns about the rise in military traffic in the Baltic. 
Putin says Arctic militarization will not harm polar bears
Environmentalists fear the new Russian military operations on Wrangel Island will harm the polar bears that use the area for denning and raising their cubs. 
Why Barents oil is becoming unprofitable
The explosion in production from North Dakota and other Lower 48 areas has made oil prospects in the far north less economically attractive.
Fairbanks Daily News
Alaska files appeal of gay marriage ruling
FAIRBANKS—The administration of Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday filed its expected request asking that the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hear the state’s appeal of a lower court’s decision neg
Suspected impaired driver charged with assault
WASILLA, Alaska - A Wasilla man suspected of driving while impaired with two people in his car has been charged with felony assault after they were hurt in a crash.
US Rep. Don Young apologizes after suicide comment
JUNEAU, Alaska - U.S. Rep. Don Young has apologized after telling students at a high school where a child recently committed suicide that people kill themselves when there's a lack of support from fam
Armed woman steals pickup at gunpoint
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police are looking for a woman who used a handgun to steal a pickup from a driver on the south side of the city.
Alaska Senate race ad check: Begich's record as Anchorage mayor
ANCHORAGE — In the final weeks of his bid for re-election, Sen. Mark Begich has faced heavy criticism of his performance in his previous job as Anchorage mayor, specifically on his handling of city fi
Decorative tusks, bone taken from Juneau thrift shore
JUNEAU, Alaska - Decorative ivory elephant tusks and whale bone have been reported stolen from a church thrift store in downtown Juneau.
Parnell replaces top Alaska National Guard leaders
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three members of the Alaska National Guard's top leadership have been removed in the wake of ongoing investigations into sexual abuse and fraud within the organization.
Elders and youth conference focuses on Alaska Native language, culture
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Native language and its cultural importance are the focus of the annual First Alaskans Institute's Elders and Youth Conference that's taking place this week in Anchorage.
Anchorage conducting survey on homelessness
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage health officials say locals can participate in a survey looking for ideas on how to end homelessness in the city.
27 apply for adjutant general job in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — A selection team will forward for Gov. Sean Parnell's consideration finalists from among 27 applicants to serve as adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard.
Anchorage School District bans military recruiters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage School District has banned military recruiters from the district's campuses.
Autopsy being performed on Sitka drowning victim
SITKA, Alaska — An autopsy is being conducted on a man who drowned in the ANB Harbor in Sitka.
Ravens, beaver cause outages near Willow
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Ravens and beavers are getting the blame for power outages that disrupted life Monday near Willow.
Juneau man fleeing from police arrested outside school
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau driver fleeing from police at high speed was arrested after a crash in front of Juneau-Douglas High School.
Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola
JUNEAU, Alaska — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has called on President Barack Obama to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns.
University of Alaska alum in production of 'Les Miserables"
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage showbiz stalwart Alex Pierce left for Los Angeles last year in search of the big acting breaks that can only happen in one of the great entertainment capitals of America.
Sitka Science Center shows off new look
SITKA, Alaska — After a summer wrapped in plastic, the Sitka Sound Science Center got its day in the sun.
Parnell meets with Alaska National Guard members
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell met with Alaska National Guard members amid ongoing criticism about the administration's response to allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the
Exxon Valdez oil spill restoration plan taking longer than expected
JUNEAU, Alaska — Government attorneys say a restoration plan for addressing lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is taking longer than expected to complete.
Alaska lays claim to land along arctic refuge boundary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state is seeking conveyance of nearly 20,000 acres on the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Cab passenger dies after crash with SUV
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A woman riding in a cab died after a crash in midtown Anchorage but the cause of death has not been determined.
Official: Kenai Peninsula residents oldest in state
HOMER, Alaska — The Kenai Peninsula has some of the highest percentages of older residents in Alaska, a state official told an audience of senior citizens.
Stolen bike parts found behind Juneau apartment house
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police say they have no explanation for a stash of stolen bicycle parts found behind an apartment house in the Mendenhall Valley.
First measurable snow falls in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The first measurable snow of the season has fallen in Alaska's largest city.
Alaska resumes issuing licenses to gay couples
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gay couples can start getting married in Alaska on Monday.

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