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VALDEZ, Alaska – The Coast Guard responded to an 82-foot fishing vessel aground in Prince William Sound, Sunday, August 02, 2015.
At approximately 4:45 a.m. Sunday, the fishing vessel Icelander ran aground on the North side of Latouche Island with 4 people on board.  No injuries were reported.
The vessel’s rudder received some minor damage but was not rendered unusable.  The hull remained intact and damage consisted only of paint scraping. No harm was reported to the vessel’s fuel tanks.  The vessel has a fuel capacity of 19,000 gallons and was carrying approximately 240,000 pounds of fish at the time of the grounding.

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Monday, August 3rd,  2015
at City Council Chambers

Work Session – 6pm

Mayor's Beautification Task Force Update - Egan Street Beautification

Regular Meeting – 7pm
Items include:
1. Approval of Professional Services Agreement with SE Group for the Year Round Mountain Recreation Site Study in the Amount of $125,000
2. Change Order Report : Contract 1169 with Arcadis for Allison Creek Hydro Project  Plan Review & Inspection
3. Legal Billing Summary - July 23, 2015

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Alaska Dispatch: WASHINGTON -- Governor Bill Walker hopes he’ll get to see President Barack Obama in front of one of Alaska’s glaciers next month, he said in an interview Sunday. 
Walker met with Obama administration officials here last week to make suggestions for the president’s impending visit to Alaska. The governor’s trip to Washington was part of a swing through the nation’s capital on the way to the National Governor’s Association summer meeting in the West Virginia resort town of White Sulphur Springs. 

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