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How do you feel about the recent construction of the new boat harbor near Dock Point?
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DOCK POINT INCIDENT
Valdez, AK (5-22-15 9:45pm) – City of Valdez emergency personnel responded Friday evening to a report of a person who fell approximately 70 feet off a cliff adjacent to Dock Point trail.
At 6:36pm Friday, Valdez Police Dispatch received a medical assistance request for a 17 year old female who sustained life threatening injuries after falling approximately 70 feet off a cliff into Port Valdez. The young woman’s friends rescued her from the water, but were unable to move her from the shoreline due to the extent of her injuries.

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LAST FRONTIER THEATER CONFERENCE
The Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference is coming up on June 14-20, 2015. Now in its twenty-third year, the event draws hundreds of participants yearly. While a majority comes from within the state, there are also many participants from the lower 48 and beyond. The farthest travelers this year include a playwright from Greece and an actor/producer couple from Australia.
The teachers signed up for the program represent some of the best in the country. David Auburn, Pulitzer-winner for his play Proof, is attending for the first time, as is Nan Barnett, the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country’s alliance of more than 75 theaters with a dedication to the development, production, and continued life of new plays (www.nnpn.org).

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THE BUSHPLANE OLYMPICS
“In Valdez, Alaska, the prize goes to the airplane that takes off and lands in the shortest distance.”
www.airspacemag.com – After returning to the field, Breeden brings the airplane in low and impossibly slow. On his first run, he’d landed so hard that the PA announcer joked, “Bobby no longer has a spine.” On this, his second and final try, he again bounces the landing, then feathers the brake so deftly that the tail remains raised until the airplane comes to a full stop. Total distance: 55 feet. “I once landed shorter than that,” an old-timer says. “In a helicopter.”
With a combined distance for the takeoff and landing of 116 feet—116 feet!—Breeden retains his title, beating a number of skillful pilots who are also flying Super Cubs. But unlike most of his competitors, Breeden doesn’t have tens of thousands of hours in his logbook and grizzly bear trophies on his wall. He’s a baby-faced 20-year-old college junior studying drone technology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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NTSB: Deficient risk assessment led to grounding of Shell drill rig in Gulf of Alaska
The National Transportation Safety Board reviewed the five-day fight to control the Kulluk before it grounded on an island, and its conclusions could heighten scrutiny of Shell’s plans to resume exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
Arctic drilling affects more than the Arctic, say Greenpeace campaign particpants
First Nations representatives from British Columbia have joined Greenpeace's anti-drilling campaign. They say Chukchi drilling will ultimately create more environmental risks for their region. 
Norway surpasses Russia as top gas supplier to Western Europe
Norway's natural-gas exports outpaced Russia's for two consecutive quarters, possibly signaling buyers' desire to lessen reliance on Russia. 
Russia responds to Arctic NATO drill
Russia mobilized its Arctic Brigade on the same day that NATO, Sweden and Finland started their Arctic Challenge military exercise. 
King of Norway urges Alaskans to prepare for Arctic warming
King Harald V of Norway concluded his state visit to Washington and Alaska on Wednesday in Anchorage by stressing his message of concern over warming in the Arctic. 
Will Paris conference help the Arctic?
OPINION: Arctic sea ice is low, carbon-dioxide concentrations are high, and prospects for adequate emissions cuts appear dim.
Controversy over possible agriculture and environment ministry merger in Finland
The new governing coalition might merge the ministries to save money. Critics fear the result would be weaker environmental protection. 
Putin signs law against 'undesirable' NGOs
Non-governmental organizations are targeted by the law, which Amnesty International, the European Union and others says chills press freedom of expression and association. 
Norwegian king explores environmental issues in visit to Kachemak Bay
Four Alaska Army National Guard helicopters took King Harald V of Norway and an entourage of about 30 from Anchorage’s Merrill Field to Homer on Tuesday morning. The party traveled across Kachemak Bay on the Rainbow Connection charter boat to the Tutka Bay Lodge.
Dalton Highway repairs underway after floodwaters drop
With floodwaters falling sharply, roadwork to some 25 miles of damaged Dalton Highway has begun. State transportation officials don't know when the road to Deadhorse and some of the nation's largest oil fields will be reopened. 
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