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Polls Open: Tuesday May 5, 2015
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Polling Locations
Precinct No. 1 - Valdez Teen Center
Precinct No. 2 - Valdez City Council Chambers
Precinct No. 3 - Robe River Fire Station

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk's office at (907) 834-3468

Election Questions were mailed and e-mailed to all candidates for City Council & School Board. The answers in this publication are the printed exactly as received by KVAK.

City Council Candidates
Robert Mueller
Alvin Murray
Dawson Moore
Doug Davies
Greg Davis
H. Lea Cockerham
Lon Needles
Ryan McCune

Question #1 - CLICK HERE to read Candidates Answer to the Following Question, What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?

School Board Candidates
Dolores Gard
Kathleen Todd

Question #1 - CLICK HERE to read Candidates Answer to the Following Question, What experience do you have with budgeting, investments, and finance?

Monday, May 4th 2015
at City Council Chambers

Regular Meeting –7pm

Items include:
·         Approval to Award Allison Point Campground Operating Permit to Margaret Nylund for 2015 Operating Season

·         Approval of Professional Services Contract with Slavin Management Consultants for City Manager Recruitment Services in the Amount of $26,875.00

·         Approval to Purchase Telephone System for the Valdez Middle School from Copper Valley Telephone in the Amount of $58,205.06

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
News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Seattle requires new permit for Shell’s drill ship to moor, but may not issue it
The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has ruled.
Rosneft readies more Kara Sea mapping
The company, hit by Western sanctions and low oil prices, is postponing drilling, but it says seismic mapping is still a go. 
Norway must ramp up military in response to Russia, report says
There is little risk of outright conflict, but Norway should invest more in its military to restore a power balance in the region, the report says. 
Shrimp blast into space from Arctic Sweden
The small space visitors are helping scientists better understand the mechanics of motion-sickness in microgravity, knowledge that would feed into a possible Mars mission. 
Sunken Soviet submarines threaten massive radioactive contamination
One of the vessels sank 12 years ago; the other was disposed of, after it was damaged, in Stepovogo Bay in 1982. If dangerous materials leak, the fish-rich areas would be closed off to commercial harvests. 
Finland’s Sámi request UN's help in securing their rights
A Finnish Sámi leader, disappointed by the failure of her nation to ratify an indigenous rights treaty, wants international pressure to push Finland's parliament to act.
Warming waters pose dangers to Arctic cod, research finds
The first successful captive rearing of Arctic cod is revealing important information about a species that spends critical parts of its life beneath Arctic ice, scientists say. 
Invisible organisms threaten to make climate change much worse
A new study tackles the question of how rising temperatures can change the activity of microorganisms in the Arctic. The study focuses on methane production rather than carbon dioxide — an important issue to understand because of methane's potency.
Arctic Council ministerial -- winners and losers
With the U.S. taking leadership of the Arctic Council, climate change moves to the forefront of the agenda and some Canadian priorities take a back seat. 
Oil spills surprisingly common in Finland, but cleanup dependent on volunteers
As vessel traffic increases, so do spill risks. The Saimaa region, home to a rare lake seal, is particularly vulnerable.
Fairbanks Daily News
Crews preparing for wildfire season to begin
ANCHORAGE — Alaska fire crews are back at work for a summer wildfire season that follows a winter of below-average snow and exposed, drying combustibles on the ground in parts of the state.
Anchorage man charged with murder in weekend stabbing death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage man was charged Monday in a weekend stabbing attack that left a man dead and the suspect's former girlfriend critically injured in her mobile home, authorities said.
Alaska health officials confirm case of shellfish poisoning
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Officials have confirmed a case of paralytic shellfish poisoning from a mixture of clams harvested from a beach north of Ketchikan.
Seattle mayor: Port needs new permit for Arctic oil fleet
SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray threw a wrench into plans for a 400-foot oil-drilling rig to arrive in Seattle when he announced Monday that the Port of Seattle can't host Shell's offshore Arctic fleet unti
Woman dies after crashing 4-wheeler in Alaska village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 34-year-old woman has died after crashing a four-wheeler in the village of Upper Kalskag.
Body of Nenana woman found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Nenana woman whose body was found outside in Fairbanks on Sunday.
Wasilla man dies after vehicle rollover
WASILLA, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 38-year-old Wasilla man has died after a single-vehicle rollover.
Police locate man as part of probe into death in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say they've located a man they were looking for in connection with a death at an east-side residence.
Alaska Air jet makes emergency landing at Vancouver airport
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A U.S. passenger flight has made an emergency landing at Vancouver International Airport.
4-time Iditarod champ to speak at dinner cruise fundraiser
JUNEAU, Alaska - Martin Buser is best known for his prowess on the Iditarod Trail, but the champion musher is also an author and advocate for literacy. Buser is the guest speaker on a dinner and cruis
After earthquake, snow swept down from Everest as climbers watched in fear
At base camp, it was lunchtime. Climbers and their guides ate bowls of thuppa noodle soup and garbanzo beans, plates of buffalo meat, green beans, sponge cake for dessert. The cooks didn't skimp on fo
Kenai Peninsula goat-sharing program grows in Alaska
KENAI, Alaska — At feeding time Monday morning on Karluk Acres, a gang of Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian goats darted over gravel to claim scattered corn and grains.
Touching, funny, messages in obituaries getting wide audience
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  - Take a friend fishing. Don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Buy a lottery ticket. And keep Mom away from my ashes.
Temporary water filtration system installed at Alatna
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A water filtration system has been installed in a tiny interior Alaska village where a fire damaged infrastructure last month.
Police seek 'person of interest' in Anchorage homicide
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police say they're searching for a "person of interest" in the Sunday morning homicide of a man in an east-side home.
Kodiak man sentenced after sex-assault case guilty plea
KODIAK, Alaska - A judge has sent a man he called "one of the most dangerous people to come to Kodiak" to prison for attempted assault and coercion.
Mallott to discuss Alaska-Canada trans-boundary issues
JUNEAU, Alaska - Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott plans to meet with Canadian officials, tribal leaders and Canadian mining interests during a trip focused on trans-boundary resource issues.
Plans advancing to raze properties acquired for Knik Arm Bridge project
JUNEAU, Alaska - The state transportation department plans to move ahead with demolishing three Anchorage properties acquired as part of the idled Knik Arm bridge project.
Musical honors life, history of ‘samurai musher’ Jujiro Wada
FAIRBANKS — A storied part of Alaska history is getting it theatrical moment this weekend with a musical tribute celebrating the life of Jujiro Wada.
Group continues effort to get setnet ban on 2016 ballot
JUNEAU, Alaska - A proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska is making its way toward the ballot, while a lawsuit over its legality continues.
Anchorage bear family relocated away from city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Officials say a family of five black bears that were frequenting an Anchorage neighborhood has been relocated away from the city.
Suspect in Kodiak barricade surrenders to authorities
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old Kodiak man is under arrest after barricading himself at a local apartment building, at one point offering $100 to a trooper in exchange for
Port of Anchorage sees first new construction in four decades
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Methanol will soon be transported through the Port of Anchorage as Delta Western begins construction on a new tank to hold the fuel and a truck rack to distribute it.
Trooper at center of Palin probe loses police certificate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Officials revoked the law enforcement certification of the former state trooper at the center of the so-called Troopergate scandal that led to investigations into whether Sarah Pal
Feds still trying to plan fate of Alaska island feral cattle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal wildlife managers are still trying to determine the fate of hundreds of feral cattle that have long gone without caretakers on a remote, uninhabited Alaska island.

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