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Monday, June 1st, 2015
at City Council Chambers

Worksession – 5:30

Permanent Fund Managers Report To Council

Regular Meeting –7pm
Items include:
  1. Approval to Purchase a 2015 Caterpillar 450F Backhoe Loader from NC Machinery in the Amount of $183,517
  2. Approval to Purchase a 2015 GMC 3500 Double Cab 4wd Service Truck from Alaska Sales and Service in the Amount of $48,699.68
  3. Approval of Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity Renewal for Valdez Yellow Cab
CLICK HERE for full agenda

All meetings of City Council and School Board are held in City Council Chambers, broadcast on 1230AM KVAK and streamed LIVE on

Kathryn Keeney, a graduating high school senior from Valdez High School is a 2015 BP Principals Scholarship winner. She will receive a $4,000 scholarship and is among 25 winners of the BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program state wide. Since 1985, BP has awarded more than $3.5 million to 775 Alaska students who have excelled in academics and community service.
Valdez, AK – Blasting operations will commence at the Valdez New Harbor construction site Friday as part of the Phase One Uplands development project.
Blasting will occur daily from May 29th through October 1st between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00pm. Exact blast times will be scheduled to minimize impact to pedestrian and vessel traffic, as well as local business operations and community events.

CLICK HERE to view full press release

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Environmental groups to challenge Arctic lease sale again
A dozen environmental groups told a federal court Monday they are renewing a challenge to the 2008 federal petroleum lease sale off Alaska's northwest shore, where Royal Dutch Shell PLC hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer.
Japan wants wind power from Arctic Norway
Finnmark, Norway's northernmost county, has plenty of wind and wind-generated power. The challenge is finding a way to export it to eager buyers. 
Alaska's spring whaling season a success despite challenging sea ice
Five villages around northern Alaska landed 17 whales this spring, despite Arctic ice that was at once jumbled and unpredictable as well as so soft it endangered the harvest of at least one whale that had already been hauled to the surface.
Unmanned aircraft scouts ice conditions for North Slope whalers
Before this spring's whaling season began, a Ptarmigan -- a small drone designed and built by a UAF engineering student -- flew over the Arctic Ocean near Barrow, making a three-dimensional map of the sea ice that allowed whalers to take a closer look at ice conditions and find the best routes to open leads.
How to get a good night's sleep under Alaska's midnight sun
Alaskans cherish the long summer days that offer a burst of energy and activity after the long winters. But sometimes all that sunlight makes it hard to sleep. Here are some tips to battle that summertime sleeplessness.
Feds give $2 million to repair Dalton Highway; state hopes to reopen in a week
The Federal Highway Administration will make $2 million in emergency funds available as the flood-battered Dalton Highway's unprecedented closure continues. 
Homesick for breakup in the Arctic
Breakup in the Arctic is an amazing season, and I sure know what my daughter is feeling, not getting to be here at home, after spending most springs of her life at our old igloo, roaming the surrounding river and tundra.
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. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Environmental groups to challenge Arctic lease sale again
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A dozen environmental groups told a federal court Monday they are renewing a challenge to the 2008 federal petroleum lease sale off Alaska's northwest shore, where Royal Dutch Shel
Too early to predict strength of Kenai king salmon run
KENAI, Alaska - Wildlife officials are waiting for the king salmon run to develop, but say preliminary signs near the Kenai Peninsula are positive.
Searchers find body of missing toddler in Saint Marys
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say searchers have found the body of a missing 2-year-old boy from the village of Saint Marys.
Layoff notices, shutdown plans go out amid Alaska budget gridlock
FAIRBANKS—Layoff notices were mailed to 10,000 state employees on Monday as the budget impasse continues in the Legislature.
Troopers: 1 injured when two planes collide near Talkeetna
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say one person was injured when two small planes collided in midair in Talkeetna.
Gun shop owner trial to begin 8 years later
JUNEAU, Alaska - The trial against a Juneau gun shop owner is finally set to begin eight years after the case was brought.
Police locate person of interest in Bethel woman's killing
BETHEL, Alaska - Bethel police say there's no evidence the person of interest related to the investigation into a Bethel woman's stabbing death was involved in the crime.
Wreckage of missing Yute Air plane found in Kwethluk River
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The wreckage of a missing Yute Air plane has been found in the Kwethluk River.
Suspect sought on warrants arrested after crash into Palmer yard
PALMER — A 25-year-old man sought on felony arrest warrants was arrested Saturday after a traffic crash outside a Palmer home.
Senate Finance rolls out budget proposal meant to spur talks
JUNEAU — The Senate Finance Committee on Sunday proposed a version of the budget similar to what lawmakers passed in late April as a way to force negotiations between the House and Senate on a spendin
Big Lake man charged with road-rage crash that injured 2
ANCHORAGE — A Big Lake man in a pickup has been charged with intentionally ramming another truck, injuring two people, in what Alaska State Troopers are calling an incident of road rage.
Police release name of man killed in Anchorage motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have released the name of the man killed Friday afternoon on a motorcycle.
Tribal leaders and fishermen protest Alaska military plans
Tribal leaders and commercial fishermen are protesting against military exercises planned for the Gulf of Alaska.
A month of weather extremes in Alaska, around the world
WASHINGTON — Even for a world getting used to wild weather, May seems stuck on strange.
Body found in mudflats at Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE — Police say a couple walking their dog on the beach found a decomposed body that washed up on the mudflats in Kincaid Park.
Alaska House ends stalemate, passes state spending plan
JUNEAU — The Alaska House voted early Saturday to pass a state spending plan, after an agreement was reached between the majority and minority in an effort to end a long-running budget impasse.
State of Alaska institutes hiring freeze amid budget dispute
JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker's administration has instituted a hiring freeze across most departments pending resolution on the budget by lawmakers.
Low oil prices could threaten trans-Alaska pipeline, official says
ANCHORAGE — A high-ranking federal Energy Information Administration official has said lower production levels could threaten the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and that oil prices may not rise above $100
Federal agency dings Shell for oil rig mishap in Arctic
ANCHORAGE — As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved dril
Bear cubs euthanized after mother hit, killed by motorcycle
JUNEAU — State wildlife officials euthanized two black bear cubs after their mother was killed in a collision with a motorcycle.
Judge hears motion to dismiss suit over proposed Pebble Mine
ANCHORAGE — A federal judge was considering Thursday whether a lawsuit alleging federal regulators were in cahoots with opponents of a proposed Alaska mine can proceed.
3 safe after crash landing northwest of Port Alsworth
ANCHORAGE — Three people escaped serious injury in a small plane crash near Port Alsworth.
Operating rooms at Anchorage VA clinic to close for months
ANCHORAGE — Operating rooms at the Anchorage VA clinic have been closed amid ventilation problems and could remain that way for months.
Committee sends Alaska state spending plan to House floor
FAIRBANKS — The Republican-led House majority put forward a new budget Wednesday its leaders touted as a grand “compromise” to finally bring an end to the budget gridlock and avoid a government shutdo
Norway's king opens Arctic drilling conference in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — Norway's king opened a conference on Arctic offshore drilling Wednesday with a plug for incorporating his country's expertise into drilling off Alaska's northern shores.
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