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On Monday night, April 20th during their regular meeting, the Valdez City Council held an executive session to conduct the City Manager’s annual evaluation.
Following executive session, Valdez City Council reconvened to discuss the results of the evaluation.
“Council decided to move the City of Valdez in a different direction,” said Mayor Larry Weaver. “At 10:15pm on Monday, a vote of four to three ended the employment of the Valdez City Manager, Mr. John Hozey, effective 5pm on Tuesday, April 21st. Council Member Knight made the motion, seconded by Council Member Moulton to terminate the services of the Valdez City Manager John Hozey effective 5pm Tuesday, April 21st and appoint Assistant City Manager, Todd Wegner to serve as acting City Manager.
Council Vote
 Mayor Weaver – Nay
Council Member Shirrell – Nay
Council Member Wells – Nay
Council Member Smith – Yay
Council Member Moulton – Yay
Council Member Knight – Yay
Council Member Fleming - Yay

Newsminer (4-14-15) - KODIAK, Alaska - The Alaska state recorder's office in Kodiak is among six offices from the agency that are expected to be closed because of budget cuts.
Kodiak radio station KMXT ( reports the office certifies property purchases.
Alaska has 34 recording districts. The districts are served by 11 offices, which will be decreased to five offices.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink says the department faces a net loss of 81 positions.
She says six of those positions are in recorders' offices, most of which are staffed by one person.
The other expected recorder's office closures are targeted for Bethel, Homer, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez. Five locations to remain open are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai and Palmer.
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The tiny bits of plastic, from common household products, are flushed into the sea in large quantities. Marine creatures can easily mistake them for food. 
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