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 Solid Waste Department needs your help to keep hazardous waste out of your landfill!
The City of Valdez will be holding  
Household Hazardous Waste Clean-up Day
AUGUST 01, 2015
500 S. Sawmill Rd
During Clean-up Day, the Baler facility will be accepting any and all household hazardous waste (paint, miscellaneous household chemicals, pesticides, etc.).
Hazardous waste, as defined by City Code 8.08.020, cannot be put in your trash cans or dumpsters.
CLICK HERE for full press release

   City water is scheduled to be shut off in the Robe River subdivision between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 29th for required maintenance.
Notices will be delivered to those impacted by the outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Please direct questions and concerns regarding the outage to the City Public Works Department at 835-4473.

Installation begins Aug. 8; rumble strips will narrow sections of the driving lane by a couple inches

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), with contractor Specialized Pavement Markings Inc., will begin rumble strip installation Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to just south of Fort Greely. Surveying will take place today through Saturday, Aug. 1.
This project will install edgeline rumble strips along various sections of the highway from Mile 115 through Mile 257 and will also include some asphalt repair. During the project, drivers can expect daytime delays with flagging and pilot car operations. Work is set to wrap up by the end of August.

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News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Appeal filed to prevent wolf hunt in northern Sweden
Conservation groups in Sweden have appealed a decision by the authorities in Dalarna to permit the hunting of a single wolf, to the nation's Environmental Protection Agency. The county board says until the agency rules otherwise, preparations for the hunt will continue.
Healy crew cruises between Arctic Missions
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy has just left of the Chukchi Sea, dropped off a team of scientists in Nome and is sailing through the Aleutians to its next stop in Seward.
Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet
OPINION: The Anchorage-based GLACIER meetings offer a useful forum to build both Arctic-wide cooperation internationally, and to consider a domestic Arctic program that does not require Alaska to become the nations’ environmental conscience.
Another unusually warm winter forecast for Alaska
Short-term weather systems and long-term climate warming are combining to create conditions ripe for another non-wintery Alaska winter.
New Russian spy ship to keep tabs on Norway
The Yuri Ivanov will patrol in the Arctic and keep a close eye on neighbor and NATO member Norway. It has taken Russia 11 years to complete the vessel which will become the Northern Fleet’s new key instrument in monitoring Arctic waters.
Wolf hunt authorized in North Sweden after attacks on farm animals
After a flurry of wolf attacks that killed dozens of sheep and lambs in Insjön and Sågmyra, in northern Sweden, over the past couple of weeks, the County Administrative Board has decided to authorize a protective hunt in the area. 
No record-low Arctic ice extent expected this year, but melt still significant
2015 is unlikely to set a new low record for Arctic sea ice extent, according to a fresh analysis. But rapid melting in July offset earlier growth in new sea ice in the region. 
Shell resumes drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters for first time since 2012
The Transocean Polar Pioneer began drilling late Thursday afternoon at Royal Dutch Shell's Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, according to company officials. Shell is allowed to drill the upper, non-hydrocarbon-bearing zone without its icebreaker present.
Iceland blasts Arctic Five for exclusion from fishing agreement
Iceland says the recent Arctic fishing moratorium, signed by the five Arctic coastal states without Iceland’s participation, is ‘unacceptable’ and a worrying precedent. Iceland has long argued as it should be included in discussions on Arctic fishing given the island nation’s location, fishing industry and scientific research into sustainable marine environments.
The return of the Arctic Five
COMMENTARY: Does this months signing of a moratorium on Arctic Ocean fishing by the five nations with Arctic coastlines mark the return of the Arctic Five? If so, that's a good thing.
Fairbanks Daily News
Job with a view: Alaska pilot opens up from cockpit
JUNEAU, Alaska — On a Wednesday afternoon at work, Sean Kveum looks outside the window to his right and spots a bear, then another one. From the cockpit of his de Havilland Beaver bush plane, he loops
Westchester Lagoon snack shack offers jobs to youth in need
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The mint-colored shack near Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage has reopened this summer as a snack-selling offspring of the Busy Beans coffee shop tucked in Government Hill. But there
July was wettest on record for Juneau, says weather service
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The National Weather Service says this July was the wettest on record for Juneau.
Only methadone clinic in Mat-Su Valley will close
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The only methadone clinic in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley will close in less than a month.
Fire officials say playground fire appears intentional
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Fire officials say they are looking for information about who might have set fire to an elementary school playground.
Ketchikan teen trap shooter takes state
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Brooke Mickel's victory as the girls junior varsity state champion in trap shooting was classic Ketchikan.
Coast Guard honors teen who survived plane crash near Hoonah
JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard has honored the teenage survivor of a plane crash near Juneau for helping other passengers and attracting the attention of rescuers.
Fatal multi-vehicle accident, including tour bus, closes Seward Highway
FAIRBANKS - A fatal multiple vehicle collision has closed the Seward Highway near 80 Mile, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers seize pot plants, grow equipment from Nome home
NOME, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers have seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $32,000 from a home outside Nome.
Conviction reversed after court finds improper search
JUNEAU, Alaska - An appeals court has reversed a man's drug conviction after determining an Anchorage police officer improperly searched his car.
With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating o
Appeals court affirms conviction of Alaska woman in hot sauce case
JUNEAU, Alaska - An Alaska appeals court has affirmed the conviction of an Anchorage woman whom prosecutors said used a videotape of herself punishing her son to get on the "Dr. Phil" show.
Small thaw in US-Russian relations at the Alaska frontier
ANCHORAGE - The United States and Russia are in the midst of their most tense relations since the Cold War, but for a small number of residents of both countries, things are warming up a bit.
Alaska health nonprofits strained by delay in grant payments
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage methadone clinic is turning people away as they wait for the state to send its grant award notice for the coming fiscal year.
Mild winter lowers number of moose, car collisions
KENAI, Alaska - Wildlife officials say the mild winter this year kept road visibility decent enough to save some moose and driver's lives.
Anchorage man pleads guilty in 2014 death of girlfriend
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after fatally shooting his girlfriend in his family's home last year.
Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest
PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker b
Police have person of interest in state credit card case
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state-issued credit card, reported missing from a state worker's desk, was used to withdraw $500 from a Juneau bank last month, police said Thursday.
EPA announces $445K settlement with North Slope Borough
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Alaska's North Slope Borough over alleged hazardous waste violations.
Updated: Protesters forced from river after Arctic-bound ship blocked
Updated 4:18 p.m.: PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities moved in Thursday and forced protesters in kayaks from a river in Portland, Oregon, where the demonstrators were trying to stop a Royal Dutch Shell iceb
Cooling fan failure suspected in Aleutians emergency landing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A preliminary inspection conducted after the emergency landing of a Cathay Pacific flight at a remote air base in the Aleutian Islands indicates that an equipment cooling fan faile
NTSB: No reported problems at takeoff for plane that crashed in southeast Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska - The small plane that crashed during a scheduled commuter flight bound for the southeast Alaska community of Hoonah earlier this month took off with no reported problems, according to
Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oi
Judge in Alaska rules Greenpeace in contempt for Oregon protest
PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge in Alaska on Thursday ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters dangle from a bridge in Oregon and block a Royal Dutch Shell icebre
Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil
LONDON - Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.
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