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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
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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.

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News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Barter Island artifacts temporarily back in Alaska for examination, digital preservation
About 3,000 artifacts excavated during the historic Canadian Arctic Expedition are on loan to the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, where they are being studied and copied to create a virtual collection.
Crews plan to raise northern Dalton Highway with 2 million tons of gravel
The far northern section of the Dalton Highway, ravaged by ice and floodwaters this spring, is expected to open to 24-hour traffic Friday morning. 
Groups issue challenge in attempt to block Shell's Arctic drilling
Ten environmental groups are challenging a federal agency in court over its approval of drilling permits off Alaska's northwest coast, in hopes of halting or delaying Shell's plans to drill in Arctic waters.
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.
Fairbanks Daily News
Q&A: A look at where things stand in the Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU, Alaska - If you have a sense of deja vu, you're not alone. The Alaska Legislature is seemingly right back to where it was more than a month ago.
Premera, Moda seek insurance rate hikes in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A health insurance is asking state regulators for a second large rate increase for its Affordable Care Act plans.
Anchorage police ID remains found washed up on mudflats
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have released the identity of the man whose body was found in the mudflats near Kincaid Park.
Recusals could affect vote on halibut bycatch regulations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A series of deep cuts to the halibut bycatch allocation for the Bering Sea groundfish bottom-trawl fleet are under consideration this week.
Groups sue agency to block Shell's Arctic offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Ten environmental groups are suing a federal agency over its approval of drilling permits off Alaska's northwest coast.
Alaska troopers say body of Yute Air pilot found in wreckage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say the body of a missing Yute Air pilot was found inside the upside-down wreckage of a small plane equipped with a new engine.
FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities
WASHINGTON — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious c
Vandal burns playground structure at Anchorage school
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Anchorage School District says a playground structure at an elementary school was vandalized.
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. chief executive resigns
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Executive Director Mike Burns' resignation from Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has gone into effect.
Ambler child shot, killed by another child after finding loaded gun
FAIRBANKS - An Ambler child was shot and killed Saturday after a group of children found a loaded gun.
2 displaced after Willow house fire, 13 dogs dead
WILLOW, Alaska - Two residents have been displaced after a fire tore through their home in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage.
Bethel pays $175,000 to settle violent arrest lawsuit
BETHEL, Alaska - The City of Bethel paid $175,000 last week to the man whose violent arrest in 2014 was caught on camera.
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.
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