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Press Release – Prince William Sound Community College
July 3, 2015

For Immediate Release:
The Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities has approved the substantive change of Prince William Sound Community College to move under the accreditation of the University of Alaska Anchorage.  The change brings to an end a process that began over a year ago with NWCCU recognizing and approving the following actions approved by the UA Board of Regents:
·        Prince William Sound Community College will now become one of four Community Campuses of the University of Alaska Anchorage;

·        Prince William Sound Community College will be formally renamed as Prince William Sound College and will no longer be separately academically accredited;

·        Over a three-year period, the academic courses and academic programs of Prince William Sound College will be revised to align with similar courses and programs of UAA

CLICK HERE to view full press release


The Valdez City Council will hold a work session Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 5:30 pm. Materials (resumes) for the Work Session are available on the City website. The Council has allotted 45 minutes to speak with each candidate individually via teleconference.

CLICK HERE to read candidate resumes. 

Mayor Larry Weaver will facilitate the process.  Interview times for applicants are as follows:
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM –  City Council Interview Preparation
Mr. Tony Barrett, 6:00 PM  AK Time  (10 PM, South Carolina)
Ms. Nancy Peterson 6:45 PM AK Time (7:45 PM Seattle)
Mr. Alan Sorum 7:30 PM (Mr. Sorum is in Wrangell, AK)
Mr. Robert Jean 8:15 PM AK Time  (5:00 AM, London)

Discharge of Fireworks within the City Limits of Valdez is restricted to:
10pm - Friday, July 3rd through
11:59pm - Saturday, July 4th
Valdez Municipal Code Section 9.12.070

 The Chief of Police may revoke permission where the health and safety
of a person may be endangered.

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Alaska troops among those awaiting announcement of Army cuts
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Barrow celebrates end of successful whaling season
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Walker pulls plug on ANWR lobbying effort, promises new direction
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Federal polar bear conservation plan focuses on near-term goals
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Swedish exhibit explores Baltic Sea pollution
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Fairbanks Daily News
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Sterling couple weds after losing house to fire
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