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 BP representative Tara Stevens said the BP is accepting nominations for the 20th annual BP Teachers of Excellence program, which recognizes Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. The program will honor K-12 teachers from public or private schools who have made important contributions to education and their communities over the past year.
 Anyone can nominate a BP Teacher of Excellence by visiting The deadline for nominations is Jan. 30, 2015. Since the program’s inception in 1995, BP has recognized more than 620 Alaska teachers. Last year, BP recognized 30 Teachers of Excellence from more than 1,400 nominations received from across the state. Valdez has had 12 BP Teachers of Excellence recognized over the years. Roz Strang, Barb Lyons, Patsy Collins, Laura Lappies, Susan Eide, John Strang, Sheri Beck, Candace Walker, Jan Michaud-Whalen, Kim Mackey, Peter Austad, Adam Sharrai and Kyle Moeller. Stevens said that BP is hoping to invite all past winners to a celebration to celebrate the 20 years of this program. Stevens is hoping past Valdez recipients will visit to find out more about the 20 year celebration. 
 For 2015, each BP Teacher of Excellence will receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school. BP also will select one Teacher of the Year who will receive a $1,500 scholarship for continuing education. 

CLICK HERE to view the table of Nominations

According to this week's Valdez Police Report, officers provided transportation to an individual who appeared to be trying to swim home on the icy roadway, after falling multiple times. KVAK's e-news has a link to the Valdez Police and Fire Report each week. CLICK HERE to see the Valdez Police & Fire Page on the www.kvakradio.comwebsite.
Alaska Dispatch (1-6-15):
Gov. Bill Walker took a major step toward revising the way the state is dealing with a proposed gas pipeline by removing three members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board and instructing two commissioners not to sign a secrecy pledge proposed by the Parnell administration. “I am committed to a transparent government in which Alaskans are part of the conversation about our resources," Walker said in a statement released late Tuesday. “I cannot allow my cabinet members to sign confidentiality agreements meant to keep information away from the public.”

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Anchorage Daily News
Climate worry grows at Arctic Frontiers
Ambition for expanded Arctic oil and gas development clash directly with growing concerns -- voiced at the Norwegian conference -- about accelerated climate change. 
Arctic oil is inconsistent with 2 degree Celsius target, says WWF
Norway's decision to expand offshore Arctic oil drilling will be costly, both environmentally and financially, the conservation group says.
Norwegian bank loses $38.5 million in Murmansk, Russia
With the Russian economy in crisis, the Arctic metropolis has been a poor investment for financial companies. 
Warmth, lack of snow in Yukon threatens winter events
Organizers of outdoor sports and cultural events are nervous about the mild and snow-sparse winter, and are hoping conditions will be dramatically different in the next two weeks. 
Glacial melt could change chemistry and food web in world's oceans
Along with increasing sea levels, melting glaciers are putting something else into the world’s oceans -- a huge load of organic carbon that could change marine ecosystems, says a newly published study by a team of mostly Alaska scientists.
Old chart identified as artifact from ill-fated Arctic voyage of the Karluk
A chart of the marine areas in western Alaska and adjacent parts of Russia has been confirmed as an item used by Robert Bartlett, captain of the Karluk, a ship that was the center of a 1914 wreck off the Siberian coast.
Russia still open for cooperation in the Arctic, explorer says
Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, famous for planting the Russian flat on the seafloor at the North Pole, used a speech at the Arctic Frontiers conference to tout international exchanges and "good-neighborly" policies.
Russia wants Total out of Arctic project
The French company has fallen short of production targets and other responsibilities and should be stripped of its status as operator of the Kharyaga oil project, Russia's Ministry of Energy says. 
Norway offers 34 Arctic blocks along Russian border
The Norwegian government is offering oil companies the chance to explore far-north offshore territory near the Russian border, including sites where the two countries had competing territorial claims.
Obama issues executive order to better coordinate Arctic policy
As the U.S. approaches its chairmanship of th Arctic Council and far-north climate warming continues at twice the global rate, President Obama issued an executive order Wednesday addressing federal Arctic policy. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed doubts about the order's effectiveness.
Fairbanks Daily News
Anchorage police investigate shooting death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police are investigating the shooting death of a man near a midtown drugstore.
Alaska State Troopers investigating alleged stun-gun use on boys
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers are investigating allegations that a village public safety officer in Kake used a stun gun or Taser on two boys.
Former Anchorage soldier gets 62 years for wife's murder
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former soldier has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for the murder of his wife in their Anchorage home.
NASA brings earthquake monitoring to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — It's not quite rocket science, but close enough, and closer to home — students in the Tribal Scholars Program began cutting-edge earthquake monitoring research in a partnership wit
Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge
FAIRBANKS - The Obama administration on Sunday recommended the full Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be designated as wilderness, igniting outrage among Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation
Walker brings back Marc Luiken as DOT commissioner
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker is bringing back a familiar face to fill the job of state Transportation Department commissioner.
Anchorage man sentenced to 30 years for abuse of minor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former University of Alaska Anchorage assistant professor has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor.
Couple taps into passion for vinyl at new Anchorage store
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On a dark January evening, the Black Keys' album "Brother" spun on a turntable inside the newly established Obsession Records shop off Tudor Road in Anchorage. A steady flow of cus
University of Alaska dedicates herb book to Fairbanks expert
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - When the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service published its book on growing and using fresh herbs in the Far North, dedicating it was as easy as sprinkling chives on a baked potato
Former state crime lab worker pleads guilty to theft of drugs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A former state employee has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the state crime lab in Anchorage.
Yukon Quest purse party tonight
FAIRBANKS — The Yukon Quest will host its “Pints for the Purse” party at 6 p.m. tonight at the Dog Mushers Hall.
Jet skips Nome landing because of ash from Russian volcano
NOME, Alaska - Flights are operating as normal Friday in western Alaska after ash from a Russian volcano dissipated.
Walker says he's haunted by drawn-down rate of savings
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Even with the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bill Walker for next year, the state will still face the potential of having to draw on $3.3 billion from its savings, his budget director
Federal board approves Kenai Peninsula gillnetting
KENAI, Alaska - The Federal Subsistence Board has voted to allow subsistence gillnetting on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.
Army to hold public hearings in Alaska over possible cuts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Army is planning to hold two public listening sessions in Alaska for people to weigh in on potential personnel cuts.
Case dismissed against woman who freed eagle from trap
JUNEAU, Alaska - Prosecutors ended the case against a Juneau woman cited for hindering trapping, saying springing legal traps to save an ensnared eagle was admirable.
Man charged with attempted murder at Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage man suspected of shooting an acquaintance in the face has been charged with attempted murder.
Walker releases more details on budget plans in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska Gov Bill Walker on Thursday said the state can't fix low oil prices but it can fix government.
Exam to study dead whale found at Seattle ferry terminal
SEATTLE - A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle has been moved so biologists can figure out why it died.
Alaska ferry system plans new rate structure
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska ferry rates are due to change over the next several years in an effort to make them more equitable throughout the state.
Alaska plans to revisit stalled ferry terminal project later
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska intends to revisit plans to update a ferry terminal on Canadian land but wants to allow a cooling-off period in a dispute over the use of American steel in the project, a state
Kelly says he will keep open to possible Medicaid expansion
JUNEAU, Alaska - A co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee says the state is not on a path to expanding Medicaid but said he would keep an open mind to the possibility.
Searchers find body of missing Kuskokwim River traveler
BETHEL, Alaska - Searchers have found the body of a Kuskokwim River traveler from Akiak who went missing with two others in December.
Airlines expect another big year with help from cheaper fuel
DALLAS - Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.
Senate panel discusses Alaska Legislature's role in pot oversight
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska lawmakers have signaled plans to play a role in the legalization process for marijuana.

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