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On Monday night, April 20th during their regular meeting, the Valdez City Council held an executive session to conduct the City Manager’s annual evaluation.
Following executive session, Valdez City Council reconvened to discuss the results of the evaluation.
“Council decided to move the City of Valdez in a different direction,” said Mayor Larry Weaver. “At 10:15pm on Monday, a vote of four to three ended the employment of the Valdez City Manager, Mr. John Hozey, effective 5pm on Tuesday, April 21st. Council Member Knight made the motion, seconded by Council Member Moulton to terminate the services of the Valdez City Manager John Hozey effective 5pm Tuesday, April 21st and appoint Assistant City Manager, Todd Wegner to serve as acting City Manager.
Council Vote
 Mayor Weaver – Nay
Council Member Shirrell – Nay
Council Member Wells – Nay
Council Member Smith – Yay
Council Member Moulton – Yay
Council Member Knight – Yay
Council Member Fleming - Yay

Newsminer (4-14-15) - KODIAK, Alaska - The Alaska state recorder's office in Kodiak is among six offices from the agency that are expected to be closed because of budget cuts.
Kodiak radio station KMXT ( reports the office certifies property purchases.
Alaska has 34 recording districts. The districts are served by 11 offices, which will be decreased to five offices.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Elizabeth Bluemink says the department faces a net loss of 81 positions.
She says six of those positions are in recorders' offices, most of which are staffed by one person.
The other expected recorder's office closures are targeted for Bethel, Homer, Ketchikan, Sitka and Valdez. Five locations to remain open are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai and Palmer.
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Anchorage Daily News
Indigenous leaders warn international community: Continued tensions with Russia will harm Arctic
Indigenous people will be the first to suffer if cooperation efforts falter, leaders said at the Arctic Council meeting in Iqaluit. 
Norway is polluting Murmansk, says Russian official
A Murmansk environmental official claims industrial operations on the Kola Peninsula should not be blamed for the region's heavy pollution. Scientists, including those from Russia, are skeptical. 
Finnish mining firm gets green light for waste pipeline -- with tighter terms
The nickel mining company, beset by financial woes and legal problems over environmental violations, will be allowed to discharge waste only if amounts of sulfates and other effluents are reduced, regional officials say.
Russia: Norway has no right to stop anyone from visiting Svalbard
A one-hour stopover in Svalbard by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin -- one of the people targeted by Western sanctions over Ukraine -- is heightening Norway-Russia tensions. 
Oil industry whistleblower Hamel, subject of industry spy campaign, dead at 84
Charles “Chuck” Hamel, a whistleblower who became the subject of an undercover spy campaign by the oil industry in Alaska a quarter-century ago, has died at a nursing home in Marysville, Wash. 
Climate change emphasized as US takes chair of Arctic Council
Alaska will take center stage now that the U.S. has taken the helm of the eight-nation Arctic Council, with Secretary of State John Kerry calling Friday for reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and Alaska leaders highlighting economic development opportunities. 
Arctic Finland looks for boost from Chinese tourists
Growing numbers of Chinese tourists are expected to visit Finnish Lapland, and there are new ties between Finland and China's Sichuan province. 
Microplastics a new threat to Baltic
The tiny bits of plastic, from common household products, are flushed into the sea in large quantities. Marine creatures can easily mistake them for food. 
New DNA codes for mammoths could be step toward bringing them back
Researchers have deciphered the complete DNA code, or genomes, of two mammoths. The new genomes are far more refined than one announced in 2008.
Alaska stands to benefit as US takes reins of Arctic Council
The U.S. will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council on Friday, a change that will put Alaska at center stage for the council's focus on such things as climate change and Arctic infrastructure. 
Fairbanks Daily News
Businesses, schools partner on Alaska maritime job skills
JUNEAU, Alaska  - In coastal communities throughout Alaska, several organizations are working together to prepare more Alaskans for jobs in the maritime industry.
Alaska Senate approves budget; proposal now goes to House
JUNEAU, Alaska - State lawmakers looked to end the extended legislative session Monday amid a still-unsettled budget.
Alaska Legislature passes child support bill
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska lawmakers have passed legislation to bring state child support law into line with an international treaty under which the United States and other nations enforce child-support
Troopers arrest 2 after finding stolen items in Kenai home
ANCHORAGE, Alaska  - Two Kenai men have been arrested after a home search that turned up stolen items.
Man driving motorhome leads Alaska State Troopers on a chase
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska man used a motorhome in a failed attempt to elude arrest by state troopers.
1 million passengers expected on Alaska cruise lines in 2015
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska is preparing for a strong tourist season, with industry forecasts predicting about 1 million passengers on Alaskan cruise lines.
Troopers rescue tourists from Bangkok at Mendenhall Glacier
JUNEAU, Alaska - Two Thai nationals from Bangkok were rescued after calling the Alaska State Troopers to say they were lost in the dark.
Ketchikan-area lawmakers push for island-wide tobacco tax
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Ketchikan local government officials are pushing for an island-wide tobacco tax which would include e-cigarettes.
Legislature on route to adjourn after Senate passes Interior Energy Project bill
UPDATE 1:55 p.m.: from what is anticipated to be the final day of the session. Both the House and Senate are expected to come back into action at 4 this afternoon. 
Governor cites public confusion in not signing school bond bill
JUNEAU, Alaska  - A bill that would pause the state's obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker's signature.
House, Senate negotiators reach agreement on budget
JUNEAU, Alaska - House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a state operating budget, and proposed a way to fund government through the end of this fiscal year without potentially having to dra
With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot
SAN FRANCISCO - Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.
State releases over 4,000 emails in National Guard case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state of Alaska released more than 4,000 pages of emails covering the National Guard scandal, but they revealed little new information into how former Gov. Sean Parnell's admin
Moderate quake shakes Cook Inlet region
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Officials says a moderate earthquake shook the area around the Cook Inlet in southern Alaska, but there were no reports of problems.
Alaska leaders raise potential of budget vote without reserve draw
JUNEAU, Alaska - Legislative leaders have raised the potential of passing a state spending plan without a vote authorizing a draw from Alaska's constitutional budget reserve fund.
GOP in Alaska Legislature may try a partial budget to avoid Democrats
JUNEAU—With the Legislature still in session five days after it was scheduled to gavel out, Republican leaders are now exploring ways to avoid negotiating with House Democrats who have dug in on educa
University of Alaska senior leaders to take furloughs as part of budget cuts
FAIRBANKS—University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has approved a furlough plan for 167 administrative personnel who will be required to take as many of 10 unpaid days off next year.
Military vets plan to summit Mt. McKinley in Memorial Day tribute
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of hundreds of Americans who have died while serving their countr
Anchorage police arrest suspect in kidnapping, sex assault
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of an Anchorage woman, who also was kidnapped along with her children.
Anchorage jury convicts Jerry Active in murder trial
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage jury returned a guilty verdict in the double-murder trial of a 26-year-old man charged with killing two grandparents.
Kodiak fundraiser to benefit golfer diagnosed with cancer
KODIAK, Alaska - Kodiak residents are rallying around golfer and Ireland native James McCarthy and his brother Peter, both of whom are battling cancer.
Federal agency, Alaska businesses partner on whale program
JUNEAU, Alaska - Southeast Alaska companies have agreed to participate in a program intended to help mitigate boats' impacts on whales.
Veterans housing goes up for Ketchikan tribal members
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Three single-bedroom apartments may soon be available to veterans living in the Ketchikan Indian Community.
Gov. Walker plans public education effort about Alaska's budget gap
JUNEAU—A state official on Thursday laid out Gov. Bill Walker's plan to engage the public in discussion of continued cuts, new revenues and the future of Alaska as a handful of key legislators continu
Alaska legislators OK elimination of raise for unionized state workers
JUNEAU—With budget negotiations continuing into the fifth day after they were scheduled to gavel out, legislators' first public action on the budget since Sunday undid some issues settled last week.

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