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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
Finland: English dominance worries language teachers
Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.
Turn forest fire area into nature reserve, say Swedish biologists
After Sweden’s worst forest fire in modern times, a group of leading biologists and ecologists say something positive could come out of the disaster
Supreme Court upholds dismissal of youths' climate lawsuit against state
A lawsuit filed against the state by six Alaska children claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited in the lower court’s decision, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued Friday. 
Documentary from Swiss filmmaker captures life in Barrow
The film, "Children of the Arctic," is set to be released in coming months and looks mostly at community life in Barrow through the eyes of Inupiaq teenagers, with a focus on whaling and subsistence living.
Domestic cats beware: Wild cousins moving into Finnish towns
Lynx are becoming more common in urban areas, and some have attacked pets.
Uncovering the mysteries of Sweden's mountains
A drill hole sunk more than 1.5 miles into the ground near the Åre ski resort -- the deepest hole ever drilled in Sweden -- can give information about the formation of the Himalayas, scientists say.
Putin's territories: From Crimea to Chukotka
The Russian leader is centralizing power, taking back authority that had previously been delegated to far-flung regions of the "supergiant" nation.
Ernest Leffingwell, pioneering Arctic scientist with a fan club
Leffingwell made 31 trips around the area by sled and small boat, covered about 4,500 miles, and camped in a tent “about 380 times.” This detail he included in a 250-page report for the USGS that reads like a manual on how to live and perform science in the far north.
Franklin expedition ship, lost in Arctic Canada since 1845, found at last
Finding the ships has been part of a drive by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to assert sovereignty over Canada’s north at a time when territorial claims in the Arctic are being challenged internationally. Parks Canada, a federal agency, has led six searches for the lost ships since 2008.
Franklin expedition ship, lost since 1845, found at last
After dozens of searches over decades failed to turn up wreckage from the doomed expedition, a team used new technology and Inuit oral tradition to locate one of the ships.
Fairbanks Daily News
Police seize meth from couple exiting Alaska ferry
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A California man and his fiancee have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska.
Suspected intoxicated driver hits woman in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska — Police in Juneau are trying to determine whether a driver was intoxicated when his vehicle struck a woman walking on the North Douglas Highway.
State seeks to intervene in timber lawsuits
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is seeking to intervene in three lawsuits filed by environmental groups against a proposed timber sale by the U.S. Forest Service on Prince of Wales Island
Woman charged with stabbing man in south Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 22-year-old woman has been charged with stabbing a man in south Anchorage.
Trial begins for Glennallen dentist charged with sex assault
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A trial has begun in Anchorage for a former Glennallen dentist charged with sexually assaulting a woman incapacitated by alcohol.
Bethel church destroyed by fire
BETHEL, Alaska - Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a church in Bethel.
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.

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