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The City of Valdez has an agenda item on tonight’s council meeting that will approve a schematic design for a new small boat harbor in Valdez. Initially the project was expected to cost roughly 50 million dollars and be funded with 20 million federal dollars, 15 million from the State and the City of Valdez chipping in 15 million. At this time, Hozey said he anticipates the project costing upwards of 60 million dollars. The State has contributed between 7.5 million and 8 million according to Hozey, the Federal Government has agreed to contribute about 21 million dollars, and the City has 15 million available for the project. Hozey said he expects to ask the public to bond for an additional 20 million to support the project. The new harbor is expected to add an additional 140 slips. At a cost of 60 million dollars, each slip will cost roughly $428,571 to build. Hozey pointed out that the project will also provide accessible uplands for the public.
In a summary statement submitted to City Council by Lisa VonBargen, a $5,705 expenditure to buy iPads, food, advertising and name plates for the newly formed commission. Plans for the role of this commission are largely undefined, but funding for a “strategic doing” seminar and contract are being requested.  
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Anchorage Daily News
Finland's biggest waste-to-energy plant opens
The facility, in the southern Finland municipality of Vantaa, will turn refuse into electricity and electricity, and it is expected to reduce overall carbon emissions.
Nuclear-power project debates expose political divide in Finland
Possible approvals for the controversial Fennovoima and TVO nuclear projects threaten to split apart the governing coalition.
In time of sanctions, Prirazlomnaya seeks Russian suppliers
New restrictions imposed on Russian businesses create vulnerabilities for Gazprom by putting key supplies and services at risk. 
Russia: US sanctions could shut down $600 million Kara Sea drilling operation
The United States' new round of sanctions on Russia could force Exxon Mobil Corp. to alter its ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea by Sept.26.
Violence and public health in the North: What about the men?
When addressing the cycle of violence and sexual abuse, consider that men have also been victims and not just perpetrators, some experts say.   
Finland's economic minister says Fennovoima reactor can go ahead; Greens may quit cabinet
Approval of a new Russian-built plant near Raahe.has a caveat: The facility must be at least 60 percent Finnish-owned, said Jan Vapaavuori, the nation's minister of economic affairs 
Finland: Ministers call for more action on environmental crimes
A proposal to lower the threshold for bringing criminal charges has the support of two cabinet members, but some warn that any change needs t be backed up with training improvements to help officials uncover and prosecute environmental offenses. 
NASA projects tracking changes in Alaska's glaciers and Arctic atmosphere
The U.S. agency that explores outer space is also probing another frontier -- the rapidly warming climate in Alaska and other parts of the Far North.
U.S. icebreaker fleet will need makeover by about 2020, Coast Guard says
The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. 
Finland: English dominance worries language teachers
Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.
Fairbanks Daily News
Report: Southeast Alaska population holds steady
JUNEAU, Alaska - Southeast Alaska's population held steady in 2013 after years of recent growth, according to a new economic report.
Update: Drill sergeant pleads guilty to sex assaults
Updated 12:45 p.m.: ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Fort Leonard Wood drill sergeant charged with sexually assaulting eight female soldiers has pleaded guilty to three charges at the outset of his court-martial.
Judge rules in Alaska Native voting rights case
JUNEAU, Alaska - A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with limited English.
Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote marijuana
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A television reporter revealed during a live on-air segment that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug ahead of a November ballot
Alaska man accused of shooting black bear in closed area
JUNEAU, Alaska - A 42-year-old Douglas man has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly shooting a black bear as it rummaged through trash in his yard.
Teen shot during Anchorage house party
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say a 17-year-old girl was shot in the lower back during a disturbance at a house party Sunday morning.
Sterling farmer seeks to open organic store
KENAI, Alaska — Musty warmth carries the sour odor of fresh manure inside Sackett Family Farms Organic Produce second greenhouse. The sharp smell is distracting.
Alaska university campuses adapt to more veterans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Bryan Box, a 28-year-old student veteran, carries a large thermos with "SAB9491T" scribbled on its side. The inscription is Box's battle roster, which he described as a digital "do
Parnell says 2 new Alaska ferries to be built
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell has announced that two Alaska Class Ferries will be built in Ketchikan.
Man dies in Anchorage hit-and-run; driver arrested
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say a 54-year-old man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday.
Commission: Alaska needs power improvements
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska has an adequate power supply but an insufficient transmission system, which together could be strained by new Environmental Protection Agency requirements, according to Regu
Lower 48 moose populations down as winter ticks cull herd
PORTLAND, Maine — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that's cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United
Juneau ski area preseason event set for Saturday
JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau's Eaglecrest Ski Area is holding its sixth annual preseason open house this weekend.
Parnell signs resolution backing King Cove road
JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell says he believes Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is capable of changing her mind on allowing for a road to be built from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold
Judge to hear arguments in Pebble lawsuit
JUNEAU, Alaska - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it overstepped its bounds by taking steps that could result in the restriction or prohibition
Alaska unemployment rate rises to 6.8 percent
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's unemployment has risen to its highest level since October 2012, but the state Labor Department says it's too early to tell whether that signals a new trend.
Mott to lead Alaska Guard response team
JUNEAU, Alaska - Brigadier General Jon K. Mott will lead a team charged with implementing recommendations for restoring confidence in the leadership and structure of the Alaska National Guard.
Regents reject tuition hike for University of Alaska
FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Board of Regents rejected an administration proposal to raise future tuition rates by 4 percent, with several voicing concerns that more needs to be done to bring
Anchorage's Loussac Library getting overhaul
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Loussac Library in Anchorage is getting a $15-million makeover focused on improving accessibility and making the building more energy efficient.
Uber ride-sharing service kicks off in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The popular ride-sharing service Uber has added Anchorage to its worldwide list of cities where it operates.
Northrim takes over Alaska Pacific Bank branches
JUNEAU, Alaska - Anchorage-based Northrim Bank will cut staff at former Alaska Pacific Bank branches as it finishes the acquisition but promises more services for customers.
Juneau police investigate Costco burglary
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police are investigating a burglary in which they say more than $40,000 in jewelry was taken from Costco.
Alaska Sens. Murkowski, Begich split vote on plan to fight Islamic militants
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich split their votes Thursday on authorizing United States funding to support Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, with Murkowski voting
Driver fleeing Alaska State Troopers dies in stolen car crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a driver fleeing from troopers in a stolen car has died in a crash.
State proposes plan for road from Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska — The state transportation department on Thursday proposed a roughly $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska's main highway system.

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