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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
Alaska health centers receive $5.3 million from feds to expand primary care
The grants went to facilities in communities from Kotzebue to Fort Yukon to Unalaska and Wrangell. The money will pay for new services, more providers and expanded hours from 27 health care providers
Readers write: Letters to the editor, Sept. 16, 2014
LETTERS: Readers sound off on marijuana, Russian President Vladimir Putin as a modern-day Rasputin, Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and Project Vote Smart.
VA to hold federally ordered Anchorage town hall meeting on health care Tuesday
The Alaska VA Healthcare System will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday evening for veterans to ask questions and express concerns about VA benefits and services.
Police: Alleged Anchorage motorcycle thief fired gun at pursuers
Upon calling 911, the motorcycle's owner and his friends spotted Jonathan Ortiz Escalante, 44, exiting a residence and leaving on the Honda. The group followed the alleged thief, according to the charges, and confronted him in East Anchorage. 
Heavy rain, rising waters force road closures in Prince William Sound region
Rainfall in Cordova and Valdez has been heavy but isn't breaking records. But swollen waterways in the Prince William Sound region are taking their toll on roads and highways.
After opposing it before primary, Sullivan says he'll vote to increase minimum wage
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he will vote for an initiative to increase Alaska’s minimum wage to $9.75 an hour by 2016, after saying before the Aug. 19  GOP primary that he was opposed to the change.
Abundant wind, efficient diesel cuts energy costs for St. George
OPINION: St. George can catch the wind, get more out of diesel to cut energy costs and create opportunity.
Trial begins for Glennallen dentist accused of raping colleague
The trial of a former Glennallen dentist accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a female colleague too drunk to consent began Wednesday with opening arguments that laid out two scenarios of the night in question. 
Begich's voting record has too many holes
OPINION: If Sen. Mark Begich represents Alaskans as much as he wants voters to think, maybe he should show up to important Senate votes more often.
Woman killed in ATV crash in St. Marys
Troopers said Pulcheria Yupanik was the only person on the ATV when it crashed on Airport Road, less than a mile from the turnoff to Pitkas Point, a tiny community in Western Alaska where Yukpanik was from.
Fairbanks Daily News
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.
Report: Ketchikan ship projects equal revenue
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Ketchikan could see significant economic benefits - both in terms of new jobs and money spent in the community - if either the state or private companies choose the Ketchikan Shipy
3 rescued after plane goes down in Alaska
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - The Alaska Air National Guard says it rescued three people after a small plane went down near Beluga Mountain, northwest of Anchorage.
Alaska health centers get money for expanded services
JUNEAU, Alaska - More than two dozen health centers in Alaska will receive federal funding to hire additional doctors and expand primary care services.
Twin brothers stabbed on Anchorage bike trail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Police say twin brothers were injured — one critically — in a stabbing on an Anchorage bike trail.
Nikiski teen gets scholarship for reindeer service
KENAI, Alaska — It started with Scene of the Crash, or Crash for short. Next came Comet. If Jenna Hansen had her way, she jokes that she'd probably have a whole herd of reindeer.
Anchorage Brewing Co. gears up for new location
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On the back of a black label stuck to a corked, Belgian-style beer bottle, 38-year-old Gabe Fletcher penned his gratitude to Gary Klopfer, the owner of Anchorage's Snow Goose Resta
Begich outlines campaign finance proposals
JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Friday proposed changes to federal campaign finance laws, including requiring the top three contributors to candidates or third-party groups be identified in
Alaska adjutant general applicants sought
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy resulting from last week's resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Maj. Thomas Katkus.
Kayaking in Alaska's 'bear utopia' is a thrill
WINDFALL HARBOR, Alaska - Last summer, my boyfriend Bjorn and I went for a three-day sun-drenched kayak trip at Admiralty Island's Windfall Harbor. We squinted into the merciless horizon to see an orc
It should be a blast: Solar flares to cause big aurora display
FAIRBANKS — Charles Deehr, a retired University of Alaska Fairbanks physics professor, said it’s been more than a half-century since the northern lights were at their peak. That’s what makes this week
Judge orders restitution in Kodiak Coast Guard shootings
KODIAK, Alaska - The man convicted of killing two men at a Coast Guard communications station in Kodiak has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million to their estates.
Walker concerned with Alaska gas line deal
JUNEAU, Alaska - Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says the structure for a major Alaska gas project is "fatally flawed."
Sullivan to attend fisheries debate
JUNEAU, Alaska - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has agreed to participate in a debate on fisheries issues after all.
Alaska Supreme Court affirms judge suspension
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a recommendation to suspend a Palmer District Court judge for 45 days without pay.

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