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The City of Valdez recently published a document that outlines information and possible outcomes for a sustainable-affordable Valdez economy. Strategic plan workshops started this discussion back in 2010 and it will be continued Tuesday, September 8th at the 7pm during the regular City Council meeting. Interim City Manager Bob Jean said he hopes the September 8th meeting will become part of an ongoing conversation over the next few years. 

CLICK HERE to read the packet put together by City Manager Bob Jean
VALDEZ, Alaska – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez will be sending a team of commercial fishing vessel examiners to Cordova September 17-21, 2015.
This will be the third and final visit made by MSU Valdez to conduct exams for this year. The Coast Guard encourages mariners to schedule their free commercial fishing vessel safety exams to improve preparedness and ensure they are in compliance with current regulations.

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Sean Duffy moved from Valdez to Anchorage a couple years ago and plays baseball and football at West Anchorage High School. Currently starting quarterback for the Eagles, Duffy was recently featured in a story the Alaska School Activities Association website.

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Anchorage Daily News
Highlighted by Obama visit, Seward is a microcosm of climate change
If Alaska is on the “leading edge” of global climate change, as President Obama puts it, then that edge is particularly sharp in the picturesque port town of Seward, which hosted him on Tuesday.
Shell president optimistic about drilling in Alaska Arctic
The president of Shell Oil Co. says exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.
US, Russia united in desire to protect Arctic Ocean from unregulated fishing
While the relationship between the United States and Russia has deteriorated in other parts of the world, the two nations are working together as part of an effort to keep commercial fishing out of the Arctic Ocean.
Obama to call for more icebreakers in Arctic as US seeks foothold
President Obama on Tuesday proposed speeding the building of new icebreakers that can operate year-round in the nation’s polar regions, part of an effort to close the gap with other nations, especially Russia, in the Arctic.
Full transcript: Obama speaks at GLACIER in Alaska
Full transcript of President Barack Obama's speech from the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage on Monday.
Indigenous concerns get spotlight at Arctic conference
Indigenous residents from some of the smallest communities and most remote parts of Alaska had a message for international leaders who convened in Anchorage for a high-profile State Department-hosted Arctic conference: Climate change is an existential threat.
Shell resumes Arctic operations halted by storm
Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska's northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Climate-threatened coastal communities also face bureaucratic hurdles
Arctic coastal communities that are primarily indigenous and facing forced relocation because of the effects of climate change face not only environmental threats but also bureaucratic hurdles.
For emergency responders, Arctic presents unusual challenges
Coast Guard officials around the circumpolar north are tasked with “keep(ing) oil and people out of the water,” as one official speaking at a State Department conference in Anchorage on Monday put it. But the region presents unusual challenges to such efforts.
Group urges Obama to unilaterally create national marine monuments
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility wants monuments created in the Aleutian Islands, the Bering Strait and the Arctic Ocean. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time'
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operati
Obama plans to boost icebreaker fleet
ANCHORAGE - President Barack Obama wants to accelerate by two years plans to acquire a new icebreaker and will ask Congress for money to build additional ones for the Coast Guard, in an effort to keep
White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision'
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling i
Obama buys out cinnamon rolls at Anchorage cafe
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - How many cinnamon rolls does it take to feed a presidential entourage? If you're President Barack Obama and you're unsure, you err on the safe side and take the whole bunch.
In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier
SEWARD, Alaska — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.
Bethel homeless shelter receives state grant
BETHEL, Alaska - A homeless shelter in Bethel has been awarded state funding even as the Alaska Legislature continues to slash the budget.
Alaskans at conference also see opportunities in climate's change
ANCHORAGE—The take-home message from the State Department’s conference here is that global climate change is already harming Alaska communities. They're seeing coastlines disappear, less regular sea i
Shell resumes operations after storm forces Arctic stop
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska's northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
McKinley-themed businesses look ahead after name change
FAIRBANKS—Mt. McKinley Bank is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but few would have expected when it was founded that the bank would outlast the mountain.
Environmentalists in Anchorage rally against Arctic drilling
ANCHORAGE — Environmentalists rallied Monday against oil drilling in the Arctic, gathering at an Anchorage park near a climate change conference President Barack Obama was scheduled to attend later in
Kerry: Climate change potential for harm similar to WWII
ANCHORAGE — Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off a conference on the challenges of climate change by comparing it to the crisis faced by world leaders last century.
Q&A about decision to change Mount McKinley to Mount Denali
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — North America's tallest mountain will soon return to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who
Obama, in Alaska, calls for action on global climate change
ANCHORAGE—A packed Dena'ina Center filled with foreign ministers, climate experts, Alaska Native leaders and media from around the world hushed shortly before 5 p.m. when U.S. Secretary John Kerry too
'Denali' restored as name of North America's tallest mountain
FAIRBANKS — The White House announced on Sunday that President Obama has restored the name Denali to North America’s tallest peak, ushering out the controversial era of Mt. McKinley.
President to take wilderness trip with Bear Grylls in Alaska
NEW YORK - Survival expert Bear Grylls has bagged his biggest celebrity yet for a walk in the wilderness - President Barack Obama.
Injunction against federal water rule may expand
BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing arguments over the scope of his injunction blocking a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction ove
Obama administration looking for ‘balance’ in Arctic policy
FAIRBANKS — President Barack Obama will arrive today in Alaska, expected to touch down this afternoon in Anchorage, and his three-day visit will showcase the impacts of global climate change on Alaska
Alaska charter school combines traditional, home-school models
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Last week, hours after thousands of students across town grabbed their backpacks and entered their classrooms for the start of the 2015-16 school year, a brand-new Anchorage charte
Juneau woman starts 'Forest Song Nature School'
JUNEAU, Alaska — On a recent morning in the Twin Lakes area, a group of kids climbed a root wad, pretending it was an engine. They walked under devil's club and through ferns, looking for blueberries.
Personal beacon hastens rescue of stranded hiker near Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska - A personal locator beacon that sends out GPS coordinates helped Juneau searchers find a stranded hiker on Friday.
Alaska governor to fly with President Obama to Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker will fly to Alaska with President Barack Obama on Monday.
Global warming dramatically changing Alaska's landscape
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.
Palmer man arrested after house fire related to meth lab
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a Palmer man after a house fire related to a methamphetamine lab.
Cost of spice-related emergencies adds up in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Responses to spice-related emergencies are costing Anchorage taxpayers money.
In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy
WASHINGTON - With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully

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