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Valdez City Council2015 Budget Hearings – Work Session Schedule
City Council Chambers
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
(Public Hearings will be followed by Work Sessions on topics as indicated)
October 22, 2014
  • Budget Overview – Assumptions & Challenges
  • Fund Review (all Funds)
  • Revenues 
  • Economic Diversification
  • Community Development
October 23, 2014
  • Public Safety Support, Animal Control, Police
  • Fire, Emergency Prep
  • IT
  • Port, Harbor, Airport
October 29, 2014
  • Employee Benefits Committee Recommendations
  • Public Works (Streets/Shop, Solid Waste)
  • Major Equipment 
  • Utilities (Water, Sewer)    

October 30, 2014

Economic Initiatives
Library, Parks & Rec, Civic Center, Parks Maint.
Administration, Finance, Council, Clerk, Law
Insurance, Permanent Fund, Debt Service Fund
Reserve Fund (Programs)

November 5, 2014

  • Community Service Organizations
  • Valdez City Schools
  • Capital Facilities (Bldg Maint., Engineering, Clinic)
  • Capital Facilities Fund (Community Investment Projects – CIP’s)
  • Major Maintenance     

November 6, 2014 - Any items postponed from previous meetings
 (last revised 10/3/14)


AVV held a vigil to remember victims of Domestic Violence as more than merely a symbolic action, but to invite people to get involved directly with the campaign against domestic violence. AVV urges people to help keep our communities focused on a very real problem, and on the need to prevent it throughout the year.
News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
State asks feds for transfer of 19,322 disputed acres on North Slope
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower inked the declaration under which the 49th state joined the union, no one thought that 55 years later, the state and federal governments would still be arguing about the map of Alaska. 
Sweden continues search for suspected foreign submarine
As Swedes hunt for a Russian submarine suspected to be in the Stockholm archipelago, Finland's president expresses concerns about the rise in military traffic in the Baltic. 
Putin says Arctic militarization will not harm polar bears
Environmentalists fear the new Russian military operations on Wrangel Island will harm the polar bears that use the area for denning and raising their cubs. 
Why Barents oil is becoming unprofitable
The explosion in production from North Dakota and other Lower 48 areas has made oil prospects in the far north less economically attractive.
High-speed link should improve Internet services in Northwest Alaska
The TERRA -- Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska -- project is an ongoing, multiyear endeavor to put better Internet, phone and television service in the hands of rural Alaskans, who have relied on spotty satellite connections until now. 
Alaska Arctic Policy Commission hears concerns about economy, climate change
After nearly two years of meetings and conferences in which members of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission heard from Arctic stakeholders, the group made another stop in Barrow to hear from delegates again before submitting their final report.
Report: Big illegal catches of Russian crab threaten stocks, flood global markets
Illegal crab harvests in the Russian Far East are threatening stocks and flooding markets, according to a new report issued by the World Wildlife Fund.
Greenland’s political crisis concerns locals and foreign investors alike
The fate of controversial mining projects and some other economic activities might hinge on results of upcoming elections. 
Finland: No need for diplomatic action on Aranda
The Russian Navy's alleged harassment of a Finnish research vessel does not rise to a level that requires a formal diplomatic response, Finland's foreign ministry determined. 
Research ship Sikuliaq to be equipped with traditional ice-testing sticks
In a few months, the ice-classed research vessel Sikuliaq, owned by the National Science Foundation, will be equipped with about a half dozen Arctic Native ice testing sticks as part of the ship’s safety outfit.
Fairbanks Daily News
Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola
JUNEAU, Alaska — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has called on President Barack Obama to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns.
University of Alaska alum in production of 'Les Miserables"
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage showbiz stalwart Alex Pierce left for Los Angeles last year in search of the big acting breaks that can only happen in one of the great entertainment capitals of America.
Sitka Science Center shows off new look
SITKA, Alaska — After a summer wrapped in plastic, the Sitka Sound Science Center got its day in the sun.
Parnell meets with Alaska National Guard members
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell met with Alaska National Guard members amid ongoing criticism about the administration's response to allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct within the
Exxon Valdez oil spill restoration plan taking longer than expected
JUNEAU, Alaska — Government attorneys say a restoration plan for addressing lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is taking longer than expected to complete.
Alaska lays claim to land along arctic refuge boundary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state is seeking conveyance of nearly 20,000 acres on the western boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Cab passenger dies after crash with SUV
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A woman riding in a cab died after a crash in midtown Anchorage but the cause of death has not been determined.
Official: Kenai Peninsula residents oldest in state
HOMER, Alaska — The Kenai Peninsula has some of the highest percentages of older residents in Alaska, a state official told an audience of senior citizens.
Stolen bike parts found behind Juneau apartment house
JUNEAU, Alaska - Juneau police say they have no explanation for a stash of stolen bicycle parts found behind an apartment house in the Mendenhall Valley.
First measurable snow falls in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The first measurable snow of the season has fallen in Alaska's largest city.
Alaska resumes issuing licenses to gay couples
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gay couples can start getting married in Alaska on Monday.
Alaska candidates start final push as early voting starts
JUNEAU, Alaska — The candidates in Alaska's hotly contested U.S. Senate race began their final push as early voting in the state began Monday.
Juneau musician donates $100K to local causes
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Juneau musician marked his 87th birthday by donating $100,000 to four local organizations.
Ketchikan officials to consider prayer at meetings
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is set to consider whether to begin its meetings with a prayer.
Paper: Files allege misconduct within Alaska Army National Guard
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Investigative files show years of alleged sexual and other misconduct among officers within the Alaska Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
Light earthquake felt in Anchorage; no damage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Earthquake Center says a light quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 was felt in Anchorage and nearby communities Friday night.
No 'winter blues' for Juneau triathletes
JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau's swim, bike and run community have another opportunity to escape the winter blues.
Alaska jobless rate unchanged from August
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent last month.
Body of missing woman found in east Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The body of a woman reported missing in Anchorage has been found in the Mountain View neighborhood.
Pot-smoking Alaska teacher receives criticism, support
JUNEAU, Alaska - A veteran Juneau elementary school teacher who publicly acknowledged in a newspaper opinion piece that he smokes marijuana will not be disciplined by school administrators.
Anchorage senator plans to investigate Alaska National Guard allegations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - State Sen. Lesil McGuire says the Legislature will hold hearings into sexual assault and other allegations involving members of the Alaska National Guard, but she's getting push ba
US Supreme Court denies Alaska officials' request to stop same-sex marriages
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by Alaska officials to stop same-sex marriages in the state.
Small southeast community becomes new Alaska city
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A small community in southeast Alaska is the state's newest city.
Man charged with vandalizing Kenai wildflower meadow
KENAI, Alaska — The city of Kenai plans to restore a vandalized 1.4-acre meadow planted with wildflowers that drew dozens of photographers when it bloomed in late summer.
Map experts, pilots aim to improve Alaska's outdated charts with technology
MYSTIC PASS, Alaska -- In the age of Google Earth, it's tempting to think human knowledge of the world is complete, with no frontiers to be charted. Which is why Alex Stack thought modern technology c

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