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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
US, Canadian agencies monitoring diesel-carrying barge adrift in Arctic
A barge that broke from tow cables during a severe storm Tuesday is adrift in the Beaufort Sea with about 950 gallons of diesel fuel on board. 
Finland’s Parliament to review security in wake of Canada shooting
Authorities are already tracking people considered to pose high risks, and entry to parliamentary chambers is more restricted than in Canada, the chief of security says.
Shell puts eyes on Russian tundra oil
The Anglo-Dutch company is taking steps to develop license areas in Russia's Komi Republic, where it has been warmly received by local officials.
Four divers charged with raiding ancient shipwreck in Finland
The men are accused of stealing from a shipwreck that has been lying on the seafloor for centuries.  
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.
Fairbanks Daily News
Fault near Minto capable of much larger quakes
FAIRBANKS - A fault near Minto has produced three significant earthquakes since August, and it's capable of far bigger things, according to the head of the Alaska Earthquake Center.
2 cited for wasting deer, ducks in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Coast Guard says it will take additional steps to teach personnel about local hunting laws after two petty officers were issued citations for wasting game.
Alaska State Troopers seek driver who bashed patrol car
WASILLA, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers are looking for a driver who fled from a traffic stop, bashed a patrol car and fled down an all-terrain vehicle trail.
Parnell signs bill honoring Native languages
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell has signed a bill into law that symbolically recognizes 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages.
Anchorage TV station wrongly airs contentious Begich ad
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage television station inadvertently aired a commercial for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich that the campaign had pulled because the ad sparked outrage.
Palin backs independent for Alaska governor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sarah Palin has snubbed her former lieutenant governor in his bid for re-election, supporting an independent candidate after Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell dismantled the increased oil t
Another earthquake rattles Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Less than three days after a 5.1 magnitude quake rattled Interior Alaska, residents were jolted by another on Thursday morning.
Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with
Inmate injured at state prison in Kenai
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say an inmate at the state prison in Kenai was taken to a hospital and they suspect he was assaulted by another prisoner.
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.

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