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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.  


The adorable pup was found stranded as a newborn in Port Moller, Alaska after being entangled in a fishing net, but is now made a full recovery at the SeaLife Center. Due to the maternal care required by young others, pups this age are deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, visitors to the Center can watch the activities of the otter and its caregivers through viewing windows. CLICK HERE to read the entire press release.
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Anchorage Daily News
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.
Turn forest fire area into nature reserve, say Swedish biologists
After Sweden’s worst forest fire in modern times, a group of leading biologists and ecologists say something positive could come out of the disaster
Supreme Court upholds dismissal of youths' climate lawsuit against state
A lawsuit filed against the state by six Alaska children claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited in the lower court’s decision, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Friday. 
Documentary from Swiss filmmaker captures life in Barrow
The film, "Children of the Arctic," is set to be released in coming months and looks mostly at community life in Barrow through the eyes of Inupiaq teenagers, with a focus on whaling and subsistence living.
Domestic cats beware: Wild cousins moving into Finnish towns
Lynx are becoming more common in urban areas, and some have attacked pets.
Uncovering the mysteries of Sweden's mountains
A drill hole sunk more than 1.5 miles into the ground near the Åre ski resort -- the deepest hole ever drilled in Sweden -- can give information about the formation of the Himalayas, scientists say.
Putin's territories: From Crimea to Chukotka
The Russian leader is centralizing power, taking back authority that had previously been delegated to far-flung regions of the "supergiant" nation.
Ernest Leffingwell, pioneering Arctic scientist with a fan club
Leffingwell made 31 trips around the area by sled and small boat, covered about 4,500 miles, and camped in a tent “about 380 times.” This detail he included in a 250-page report for the USGS that reads like a manual on how to live and perform science in the far north.
Fairbanks Daily News
Sullivan explains changed view on Alaska minimum wage ballot measure
ANCHORAGE — Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan announced this week his new-found support for a ballot measure to raise Alaska’s minimum wage, and on Wednesday explained his change of thinking.
Homer man charged with filing fake robbery report, theft
HOMER, Alaska - A Homer man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint at his employer's store has been charged with misdemeanor theft and making a false report.
Pedestrian struck, killed on Anchorage street
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A pedestrian attempting to cross a busy east Anchorage street was struck and killed.
Engine sounds heard before Alaska plane crash
JUNEAU, Alaska - Two witnesses described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small, for-hire airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboar
Search suspended for missing Juneau boater
JUNEAU, Alaska - A search for a Juneau man whose boat was recovered motoring in circles off Auke Bay has been suspended, the Coast Guard announced Wednesday.
Port of Anchorage shifts focus to modernization
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Port of Anchorage is turning its focus from expansion to modernization and efforts to improve existing infrastructure.
Moda: Extending policies in Alaska creates divided pool
JUNEAU, Alaska - It doesn't make sense for Moda Health to continue to extend health insurance policies that are not in compliance with the federal health care overhaul, a spokesman for the company sai
Soldotna man dies after being pinned under 4-wheeler
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 63-year-old Soldotna man died after he was pinned under a 4-wheeler on a rough trail in the Ninilchik area.
Police seize meth from couple exiting Alaska ferry
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A California man and his fiancee have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska.
Suspected intoxicated driver hits woman in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska — Police in Juneau are trying to determine whether a driver was intoxicated when his vehicle struck a woman walking on the North Douglas Highway.
State seeks to intervene in timber lawsuits
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is seeking to intervene in three lawsuits filed by environmental groups against a proposed timber sale by the U.S. Forest Service on Prince of Wales Island
Woman charged with stabbing man in south Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 22-year-old woman has been charged with stabbing a man in south Anchorage.
Trial begins for Glennallen dentist charged with sex assault
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A trial has begun in Anchorage for a former Glennallen dentist charged with sexually assaulting a woman incapacitated by alcohol.
Bethel church destroyed by fire
BETHEL, Alaska - Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a church in Bethel.
Sullivan says he backs Alaska minimum wage measure
JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan said he doesn't support raising the federal minimum wage but backs a state initiative to raise Alaska's minimum wage.
Wasilla police involved in fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Wasilla police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a 23-year-old man dead.
BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale
JUNEAU, Alaska - BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.
Young announces plans for 3 House debates, forums
JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to participate in three debates and forums in the lead-up to the November general election.
North Pole refinery closure leads to higher asphalt expense
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Road construction costs north of the Alaska Range have increased because of the higher cost of asphalt, a consequence predicted when the North Pole refinery stopped producing aspha
Pitkas Point woman dies in ATV crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a 21-year-old Pitkas Point woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in western Alaska.
Anchorage surveys to look at transportation habits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage transportation planners are hoping two surveys this month will give them a better idea of transportation habits among drivers and bus commuters.
Lake Louise man dies after boat capsizes; 2 others rescued
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 61-year-old man died and two other men were rescued after their boat capsized in strong winds and large waves at Lake Louise northeast of Anchorage.
Authorities investigating tree fires in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska - Authorities are seeking the public's help as they investigate suspicious tree fires in Juneau.
Anchorage condominium fire sends 2 to hospital
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two people are recovering from smoke inhalation after a west Anchorage fire.
Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large.

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