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The City of Valdez has an agenda item on tonight’s council meeting that will approve a schematic design for a new small boat harbor in Valdez. Initially the project was expected to cost roughly 50 million dollars and be funded with 20 million federal dollars, 15 million from the State and the City of Valdez chipping in 15 million. At this time, Hozey said he anticipates the project costing upwards of 60 million dollars. The State has contributed between 7.5 million and 8 million according to Hozey, the Federal Government has agreed to contribute about 21 million dollars, and the City has 15 million available for the project. Hozey said he expects to ask the public to bond for an additional 20 million to support the project. The new harbor is expected to add an additional 140 slips. At a cost of 60 million dollars, each slip will cost roughly $428,571 to build. Hozey pointed out that the project will also provide accessible uplands for the public.
In a summary statement submitted to City Council by Lisa VonBargen, a $5,705 expenditure to buy iPads, food, advertising and name plates for the newly formed commission. Plans for the role of this commission are largely undefined, but funding for a “strategic doing” seminar and contract are being requested.  


The adorable pup was found stranded as a newborn in Port Moller, Alaska after being entangled in a fishing net, but is now made a full recovery at the SeaLife Center. Due to the maternal care required by young others, pups this age are deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, visitors to the Center can watch the activities of the otter and its caregivers through viewing windows. CLICK HERE to read the entire press release.
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Anchorage Daily News
Bethel church fire considered suspicious
Authorities said they do not yet know what caused the fire at the abandoned Pentecostal Holiness Church early Monday morning.
Status quo: Bartlett, Soldotna still on top of football polls
Bartlett is No. 1 in the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's large-school football poll for the third straight week and Soldotna kept its season-long grip on No. 1 among medium and small schools.
Wasilla man dead in officer-involved shooting
Wasilla police shot and killed a 23-year-old man after responding to a possible domestic disturbance on the city’s western edge early Monday morning, an agency spokesman said.
Troopers: Two hunters rescued, third drowns in Lake Louise boat accident
Troopers say they rescued two hunters whose boat capsized in Lake Louise after responding to the report of an activated locator beacon. A third missing hunter was later located but couldn't be revived.
Ex-UAA coach Shyiak lands job at Western Michigan
After a season as an NHL scout, former UAA coach Dave Shyiak has been named associate head coach at Western Michigan.
AK Beat: Decline in Canada caribou herds threatens subsistence hunts
Caribou herds in parts of northern Canada are in severe decline, forcing First Nations groups to make hard choices about subsistence hunting.
New home shows off Alaska-made building materials and furnishings
To show off the locally made products available to Alaska homebuilders and house hunters, a new Anchorage home was built with a challenge: Incorporate as many made-in-Alaska products as possible.
Lynne Curry: What do I say when called for a reference?
When you get a reference call for a former employee who had a good record but a bad exit, it's better to offer a complete picture of his job performance than to just say "no comment."
Laine Welch: Sullivan rearranges schedule for Kodiak fisheries debate
Fish on! The lure of reaching a statewide audience was too much to pass up for U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan, who will be at the Oct. 1 fisheries debate at Kodiak after all.
Ramseys: Take note of updated landlord-tenant laws
Updates to Alaska landlord-tenant laws go into effect Sept. 15, with changes to rules governing pets, water service, PFD garnishment and other matters affecting property owners and renters.
Fairbanks Daily News
Young announces plans for 3 House debates, forums
JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to participate in three debates and forums in the lead-up to the November general election.
North Pole refinery closure leads to higher asphalt expense
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Road construction costs north of the Alaska Range have increased because of the higher cost of asphalt, a consequence predicted when the North Pole refinery stopped producing aspha
Pitkas Point woman dies in ATV crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a 21-year-old Pitkas Point woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in western Alaska.
Anchorage surveys to look at transportation habits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage transportation planners are hoping two surveys this month will give them a better idea of transportation habits among drivers and bus commuters.
Lake Louise man dies after boat capsizes; 2 others rescued
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a 61-year-old man died and two other men were rescued after their boat capsized in strong winds and large waves at Lake Louise northeast of Anchorage.
Authorities investigating tree fires in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska - Authorities are seeking the public's help as they investigate suspicious tree fires in Juneau.
Anchorage condominium fire sends 2 to hospital
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two people are recovering from smoke inhalation after a west Anchorage fire.
Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large.
Report: Ketchikan ship projects equal revenue
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Ketchikan could see significant economic benefits - both in terms of new jobs and money spent in the community - if either the state or private companies choose the Ketchikan Shipy
3 rescued after plane goes down in Alaska
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - The Alaska Air National Guard says it rescued three people after a small plane went down near Beluga Mountain, northwest of Anchorage.
Alaska health centers get money for expanded services
JUNEAU, Alaska - More than two dozen health centers in Alaska will receive federal funding to hire additional doctors and expand primary care services.
Twin brothers stabbed on Anchorage bike trail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Police say twin brothers were injured — one critically — in a stabbing on an Anchorage bike trail.
Nikiski teen gets scholarship for reindeer service
KENAI, Alaska — It started with Scene of the Crash, or Crash for short. Next came Comet. If Jenna Hansen had her way, she jokes that she'd probably have a whole herd of reindeer.
Anchorage Brewing Co. gears up for new location
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On the back of a black label stuck to a corked, Belgian-style beer bottle, 38-year-old Gabe Fletcher penned his gratitude to Gary Klopfer, the owner of Anchorage's Snow Goose Resta
Begich outlines campaign finance proposals
JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on Friday proposed changes to federal campaign finance laws, including requiring the top three contributors to candidates or third-party groups be identified in
Alaska adjutant general applicants sought
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy resulting from last week's resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Maj. Thomas Katkus.
Kayaking in Alaska's 'bear utopia' is a thrill
WINDFALL HARBOR, Alaska - Last summer, my boyfriend Bjorn and I went for a three-day sun-drenched kayak trip at Admiralty Island's Windfall Harbor. We squinted into the merciless horizon to see an orc
It should be a blast: Solar flares to cause big aurora display
FAIRBANKS — Charles Deehr, a retired University of Alaska Fairbanks physics professor, said it’s been more than a half-century since the northern lights were at their peak. That’s what makes this week
Judge orders restitution in Kodiak Coast Guard shootings
KODIAK, Alaska - The man convicted of killing two men at a Coast Guard communications station in Kodiak has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million to their estates.
Walker concerned with Alaska gas line deal
JUNEAU, Alaska - Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says the structure for a major Alaska gas project is "fatally flawed."
Sullivan to attend fisheries debate
JUNEAU, Alaska - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has agreed to participate in a debate on fisheries issues after all.
Alaska Supreme Court affirms judge suspension
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a recommendation to suspend a Palmer District Court judge for 45 days without pay.
Bear bites Kodiak biologist's leg during salmon survey
KODIAK, Alaska - Kodiak fisheries biologist James Jackson had to miss a day of work and he's got a new scar on his leg, but he considers himself lucky after a close call with a Kodiak brown bear along
Anchorage police investigate reported fight at party attended by Palins
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Police say they are investigating a fight that broke out among a large crowd at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Official: Moda won't extend some Alaska policies
JUNEAU, Alaska - One of the two health insurers that are part of the federally run online marketplace in Alaska won't allow people to keep policies that are out of compliance with President Barack Oba

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